The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly has rejected the opposition’s request to make a record about political crises and political prisoners in Georgia in the final resolution,’ a member of the parliamentary majority, Guguli Maghradze, said today.
Guguli Magradze added that the resolution made a record about all Euronest countries that should strengthen their parliamentary observation.
They noted that freedom of expression in Georgia is at one of the highest levels in the Euronest countries. Therefore, it is not necessary to emphasize this.
As for political prisoners, it has been said that no one recognized them as political prisoners. They are people who have violated the law and an administrative fine imposed on them.
Therefore, The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly has not approved the opposition`s request,’ Guguli Maghradze said.
Today, as a side-event to #EURONEST, @isfed_official is hosting an important discussion between ruling party and opposition about ways forward from current political deadlock about the electoral system in #Georgia with Amb @CarlHartzellEU MEPs @AndriusKubilius & @NachoSAmor pic.twitter.com/zwMOdwsYNQ
— Mikheil Benidze (@mbenidze) December 9, 2019
The Georgian capital of Tbilisi is hosting the 8th Ordinary Session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly on December 8-10. Energy security, EU-Eastern relations, and geopolitical challenges are set to be among the focus points of the 8th session of the joint parliamentary assembly.
The Assembly is comprised of 60 MEPs and 10 members from each of the participating parliaments of the Eastern European partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine).
The meetings will be co-chaired by MEP Andrius Kubilius (EPP, LT) and Ivan Krulko, a member of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament).
European Parliament President David Sassoli will be represented in Tbilisi by Vice-President Klara Dobrev.
Participants will adopt resolutions on political affairs, economic integration, energy security, and social matters. As 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, members will also reflect on the future of this policy, in the run-up to the next Eastern Partnership Summit scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020.
Very glad to welcome #EP Vice-President Dobrev, Euronest co-Chair @andriuskubilius & colleagues for 1st #Euronest session in Georgia. In my opening speech on behalf of HRVP @JosepBorrellF, I underlined both EaP achievements & challenges to address in the interest of our citizens. pic.twitter.com/tgAZ3Cg7Nb
— Carl Hartzell (@CarlHartzellEU) December 9, 2019
The Euronest PA was established on 3 May 2011 in Brussels, when the Presidents (or their representatives) of the Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian and European Parliaments signed the Assembly’s Constitutive Act.
The mission of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly is to promote the conditions necessary to accelerate political association and further economic integration between the EU and the Eastern European Partners, as well as to strengthen cooperation within the region and between the region and the EU.