Reintroduction of draft law on ‘Transparency of Foreign Influence’ in Georgia raises serious concerns, says EU
April 4, 2024

Reintroduction of draft law on ‘Transparency of Foreign Influence’ in Georgia raises serious concerns, says EU

The European Union said that the announcement by the ruling party in Georgia to re-introduce a draft law on “Transparency of Foreign Influence” raised serious concerns. 

In a statement published on 3 April, EU Lead Spokesperson Peter Stano said that the European Union recalled the public pledge of the Georgian government and the ruling party from last year to “unconditionally withdraw” such legislation. He also said the EU regretted that it was once again being considered despite strong public and international reactions in March 2023.

“Creating and maintaining an enabling environment for civil society organisations and ensuring media freedom is at the core of democracy. It is also crucial for the EU accession process,” Stano said.

He noted that the European Council granted Georgia candidate status on the understanding that the relevant steps set out in the Commission’s recommendation of 8 November 2023 were taken. Step 9 includes a recommendation for Georgia to make sure that civil society can operate freely, and Step 1 calls on Georgia to fight disinformation against the EU and its values. 

“Transparency should not be used as an instrument to limit civil society’s capacity to operate freely. We encourage the political leaders in Georgia to adopt and implement reforms that are in line with the stated objective of joining the European Union, as supported by a large majority of Georgia’s citizens,” the statement says.

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