MEP Sven Mikser, the author of the European Parliament’s annual report on Georgia’s Association Agreement implementation, said that he would continue “to stand with the text negotiated among the political groups before its offering for a vote.”
According to Sven Mikser, the groups “achieved a highly critical but also a balanced text.”
“I expressed my opinion regarding every amendment by voting for and against some. I think the overall tone of the text as a result of the amendments has changed,” he said.
the MEP believes that some proposed amendments violated the principle of balance in the final version. For illustration, Sven Mikser brought the example of the former president of Georgia and his humanitarian needs.
“If the European Parliament asks for the release of the former leader of the main opposition party and in the same text asks for the imposition of sanctions against the former leader of the ruling party and former prime minister, I think it complicates the claim that we want to be an impartial facilitator of reducing political polarization in Georgia,” he said.
The European Parliament (EP) on December 14 adopted an annual report on the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA) with 430 votes pro and 52 con. The report comprises several amendments as recommendations.