Shalva Papuashvili, the chair of the Georgian Parliament, on Tuesday said the Government had “already fulfilled” three of 12 conditions outlined by the European Union last year for granting Georgia its membership candidate status, in press comments after the Georgian Parliament and Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum titled Georgia's Road to the European Union.
"As for the remaining conditions, you know there is not much left in terms of legislation. There is the matter of the court, where the last amendments, by the way, were not included in the interim report by the European Commission [in June], and besides, those latest amendments are sent to the Venice Commission for opinion”, he said.
“We will also use today's meeting to hear opinions, what they [domestic organizations, diplomatic corps] think in terms of legislation, and the second direction is to implement in practice the reforms adopted by the Parliament, and this in itself needs time and observation, which the EU is also talking about," Papuashvili added.
Irakli Kobakhidze, the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, told journalists that “everything that could be done by the end of June, was done”.
"Three recommendations remain - one is related to judicial reforms, and we are asking for specifics on this, we do not know what this means. As soon as we have specifics, the discussion will begin immediately. That is why it could not be implemented”, he said.
The interim report by the European Commission on June 22 said Georgia had “fully met” three of 12 conditions, “partially met” seven, showed “limited progress” on the deoligarchisation and “no progress” on media pluralism.
The Commission will present its final assessments in October, which will be used by the European Council in December to decide on Georgia’s EU candidacy.