The latest appointments of four Supreme Court judges for a life-long term contradict the commitment to judicial reform made by Georgia’s leaders in the political agreement of 19 April this year, and restated on 28 July, the European Union External Action Service said on 2 December.
According to a statement, such appointments, made before the existing shortcomings in the nomination process were addressed, are not in line with the recommendations of the OSCE/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission.
“These actions risk further undermining judicial independence and public trust in the Georgian justice system,” says the statement.
The EU reminds that, while it remains fully committed to support Georgia’s reforms in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, its assistance to Georgia remains conditional on progress on key reforms, including on the judiciary.
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