CSOs Ready to Work on EU Recommendations With Government

Five civil society organizations released a joint statement on July 12 expressing readiness to cooperate with the Georgian government to fulfill 12 recommendations issued by the European Commission for Georgia to receive EU candidate status.

The CSOs stressed at such a “turning point for the country, the only priority is to obtain the [EU candidate] status…” “All the efforts of the government, opposition, and civil society should be aimed at reaching this goal,” they added.

“While some differing views may emerge along the path to the goal, some of the priorities highlighted in the recommendations leave no room for further interpretation,” they proclaimed.

The statement underscored that the tenth priority outlined by Europe requires the effective participation of civil society in the decision-making process at all levels.

Along this line, they emphasized that the knowledge they have accumulated over years of working on the issues outlined by the European Commission “will significantly contribute to the proper management of reforms and changes, taking into account the needs of Georgia.”

They urged Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili who assumed responsibility for the process to arrange a working meeting with CSOs “as soon as possible.”

The statement was signed by the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA), Democracy Index – Georgia, Democracy Research Institute (DRI), Georgian Court Watch, and the Media Ombudsman.

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