Resolution tabled by the United National Movement UNM of Georgia, at the IDU Executive Meeting, June 29th, 2022 in Berlin
The International Democrat Union regrets Georgia’s failure to obtain the European Union membership candidate status. As noted in the European Commission’s opinion, Georgia is facing several challenges that hinder the country’s European integration process. “De-oligarchization” is among top priorities set by the European Commission to be addressed in Georgia.
The oligarchic rule of the last 10 years that has resulted in confusion of powers, erosion of state institutions, political persecution against the opposition and critical media, and an ultimate state capture is thwarting the Georgian people’s strong and genuine aspirations for freedom and a European future.
The arrest and ill-treatment of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, and the arrest of prominent critical media manager Nika Gvaramia is a clear demonstration of the disregard of Georgia’s commitment to upholding the democratic standards by the Georgian government.
It is disillusioning to see that Georgia, once an Eastern Partnership frontrunner in democratic reforms, now fails to meet the criteria for further advancement on its European path. The trend is particularly worrying in the context of current geopolitical circumstances and the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine, while Georgian authorities chose to sideline the country from its democratic agenda and rather embarked on an authoritarian and anti-Western path.
Therefore, International Democrat Union calls on