Speaker: Time showed Law on Transparency was in no way law about 'Agents' or 'Russian Law'
Speaker: Time showed Law on Transparency was in no way law about 'Agents' or 'Russian Law'

Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili, during the presentation of the 2023 report, mentioned that the protests and campaigns of March last year were aimed at opposing their intention to make the funds received from abroad transparent in Georgia.

Papuashvili highlighted that foreign funding in Georgia lacks transparency, and there is evidence that it is sometimes used in an untargeted and illegal manner by various organizations and allied political parties

“Time has revealed that the claims made by certain groups regarding the transparency of foreign funding were untrue. Presently, it is evident that among the institutions involved in the decision-making process on public issues, the non-governmental sector is the least transparent. Additionally, the law on financial transparency was not about ‘agents’ or a ‘Russian law,’ as asserted by certain groups. Instead, it aimed to ensure transparency and protect the interests of Georgian citizens. The draft law closely mirrored the legislation in force in the United States, and the idea of adopting a similar law in the European Union is currently under discussion. We are living in an era of unprecedented tension in international security, where underground, hybrid operations have become a natural political weapon,” said Shalva Papuashvili.

Papuashvili also stated that every state must safeguard its citizens’ interests and resist external influences, and transparency is crucial for this defense.

“Foreign financial operations in Georgia must be transparent, and the public has the right to know the sources and interests behind such funding. The violent protests in March demonstrated that our strategic partners bear a special responsibility in curbing radicalism in Georgia. Ambiguous statements from them can be effectively exploited by radical, irresponsible groups against the state and the democratic system. During the recent demonstrations, for the first time in the history of our country, this manifested in an attempt to burn people alive with Molotov cocktails,” stated Papuashvili.