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State Department warns: 'Democracy rollback' moves Georgia away from EU

Caucasus (bbabo.net), - The representative of the US State Department, Ned Price, in response to the criticism of the deputies of the Georgian Parliament regarding the US Ambassador Kelly Degnan, expressed concern about the "rollback of reforms in Georgia."

“We have expressed concern about some of the disturbing statements that we have heard coming from some corners of the Georgian political system and Georgian society. We expressed concern about some of the government's actions. The actions of governments, including the delay or reversal of important democratic reforms, have led to setbacks,” said a State Department spokesman.

According to him, these actions "created obstacles to the clear, insurmountable aspirations of the people of Georgia for EU membership" and also "deepened the polarization within Georgian society."

At the same time, he assured that the State Department will continue to work with Georgia "to carry out the reforms necessary to achieve its Euro-Atlantic goals."

bbabo.net reported earlier that in June the European Commission recommended only recognizing Georgia's European perspective, and granting the status of an EU candidate only after a series of reforms. The European Commission compiled a list of 12 points for Georgia, recommending that Tbilisi carry out reforms, including “deoligarchization” directed against the founder of the Georgian Dream, businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, “depolarization”, reform of the courts, ensuring freedom of the media, etc.

During a recent visit to Brussels, the leaders of three Georgian opposition parties met with European Commission officials who confirmed that by the end of 2022 there will be no assessments and decisions regarding Georgia's fulfillment of 12 conditions for obtaining the status of an EU candidate. A joint statement following the results of the meetings was made by the Agmashenebeli Strategy, Droa and Girchi-More Freedom parties.

“The relevant structures of the European Union believe that Georgia had all the prerequisites for obtaining the status of a candidate member of the EU in June 2022, together with Ukraine and Moldova, however, the steps taken by the Georgian Dream, as well as the steps not taken in a number of cases, led to refusal of the country to grant candidate status and the emergence of a 12-point list of recommendations from the European Commission. At the end of 2022, with a high probability, there will be no assessment in the direction of Georgia's implementation of the 12 recommendations of the European Commission. The preparation of the assessment will start in February-March 2023. They don't see the point in doing it sooner because at the moment there is no significant progress in terms of meeting the requirements,” the statement said.

State Department warns: 'Democracy rollback' moves Georgia away from EU