EPP STATEMENT on GEORGIA suggested by UNM
The European People’s Party has observed with great concern in recent years a trend of democratic backsliding in Georgia. The country’s informal, oligarchic rule has undermined good governance and resulted in the continued erosion of democratic institutions: including as regards an independent judiciary, media freedom, a level-playing field politically and free and fair elections.
The conviction, arrest, and subsequent inhuman, degrading treatment — including denial of essential medical care — and slanderous propaganda directed by the Georgian authorities against Mikheil Saakashvili, the third democratically elected president in Georgia’s history, provides yet another vivid example of these tendencies. And the recent prison sentence announced for prominent media manager Nika Gvaramia only further underscores the threats to media freedom in Georgia and the shrinking space for speech critical of the government.
The EPP has always stood in the vanguard promoting Georgia’s democratic path and Euro-Atlantic future. It is regrettable that Georgia, once the Eastern Partnership frontrunner, has lost its hard-earned democratic credentials and continues to raise doubts concerning its European aspirations.
With crucial decisions still pending with regard to the three associated countries’ EU membership applications, the Georgian government must make clearer than ever its commitment to Georgia’s European path — a path clearly chosen by the vast majority of the Georgian people.
The EPP reminds the Georgian authorities of their full responsibility for the former president’s life and health. The Georgian government’s refusal to uphold fundamental human rights and allow Mr Saakashvili’s transfer to an EU Member State for adequate medical treatment and rehabilitation — as well, more broadly, as the government’s weaponisation of the judiciary vis-à-vis its political opponents — seriously undermines the process of Georgia’s European integration.
The EPP remains committed to supporting Georgia’s democratic development and Euro- Atlantic integration.
The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summary.
The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summarising who we are, what our values are, what challenges are we facing and what vision we have for the future. The Manifesto was developed in parallel to the EPP Platform document within the EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy”.
The EPP Platform is the core programme of our party outlining our main values, explaining the challenges our society is facing and presenting our vision for the future of European Union.
The Party Platform was developed in EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy” chaired by EPP President Wilfried MARTENS ?and EPP Vice President Peter HINTZE. The Working Group consists of delegates of EPP member parties who prepared and worked?on this document for more than two years and received input?from the drafting committee as well as senior and young experts. The document was adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, thus replacing the Basic Programme of Athens from 1992.
When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.