EPP is strongly disappointed by the cynical and unfaithful step of the ruling party towards the commitment it made to its citizens to switch to a proportional electoral system.
All Georgian political parties, supported by the international community, agreed that a proportional system is necessary for a pluralistic political environment, while the existing mixed system is rightly criticized for producing super majorities.
The responsibility for the political crises in Georgia lies entirely on the current government, therefore, we urge Georgian authorities to abstain from the use of force, to respect the right of freedom of assembly and to consider political solutions on the table.
The failure to find a compromise will put the country on a dangerous path, resulting in severe disappointment for Georgia's friends and only those who want to derail Georgia from its Euro-Atlantic path will benefit.
The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 83 parties and partners from 43 countries, the President of the European Commission, 11 EU and 5 non-EU heads of state and government, 10 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.
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 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.