“The European Parliament is not our boss, our boss is the Georgian people. If they are really interested in the situation, they should find out the details and not make superficial statements,” Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili responded to the statements made by the MEPs regarding the EU macro-financial assistance.
Earlier, Garibashvili reiterated that the country had decided not to take the 75 million Euros in aid because it was a loan that Georgia “does not need at this stage.” Asked if the MEPs were lying when they said it was assistance and not a loan, the PM replied:
“First of all, the MEPs are not my boss, our boss is the Georgian people. Second, if they are really interested in the situation, they should find out the details and not make superficial statements. I do not care who said what, I am telling the Georgian people with full responsibility that it was a loan and we refused to take an additional loan,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the Georgian government didn’t fulfill the conditions listed in the MoU for the second tranche (€75mill): judicial reform, etc. You can’t decline what you were not eligible for. We stand with the people of Georgia,” MEP Viola von Cramon wrote on social media regarding the EU macro-financial assistance.
By Ana Dumbadze
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