Venice Commission to issue opinion on Georgia's foreign influence bill before final decision
Venice Commission to issue opinion on Georgia's foreign influence bill before final decision

The Venice Commission will release its opinion on the draft law on “transparency of foreign influence” in Georgia before the Parliament of Georgia makes its final decision on the matter.

According to the Commission, the delegation of the Venice Commission is holding a series of online meetings with stakeholders in Georgia, within the context of the preparation of this urgent opinion.

The opinion follows a request by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

“The Venice Commission delegation met with the Public Defender and representatives of the diplomatic corps on Monday 29 April 2024 and with representatives of civil society organisations, online media outlets and broadcasters today. The delegation is scheduled to meet online with the Parliamentary factions and independent MPs in Parliament on 2 May 2024 to continue its discussions.

The opinion will be issued through the urgent procedure pursuant to Article 14a of the Venice Commission’s Rules of Procedure and published in the coming weeks, in order to make it possible for parliament to consider it prior to the adoption of the law,” the statement reads.