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Residents’ enquiries on the state of affairs in Georgia | Epthinktank


Residents typically ship messages to the President of the European Parliament (or to the establishment’s public portal) expressing their views on present points and/or requesting motion from the Parliament. The Residents’ Enquiries Unit (AskEP) throughout the European Parliamentary Analysis Service (EPRS) seems to be into these points and replies to the messages, which can generally be equivalent as a part of wider public campaigns.

The President of the European Parliament has not too long ago acquired numerous messages calling on the EU to recognise Georgia’s progress in the direction of accession. Residents first started to put in writing to the President on this topic in Might 2022. In February 2022, in a non-binding decision, the European Parliament underlined that Georgia may begin its accession course of to the EU offered that it ensures democracy, the rule of legislation, human rights and respect for and safety of minorities.  The European Parliament additionally referred to as for the EU and its Member States to recognise Georgia’s European perspective. 

Please discover under the details of the reply despatched to residents who took the time to put in writing to the President of the European Parliament on this matter.

Details made within the reply

When requested about Georgia acquiring candidate standing to affix the EU at a press level with NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg within the European Parliament on 28 April 2022, President Metsola acknowledged: ‘This Parliament has all the time welcomed any nation that appears to Europe as its dwelling, that that needs to be the step that’s taken. […] We’re in fixed contact with our Georgian companions and likewise representatives of the Georgian parliament as a way to guarantee that when that step occurs, that you simply talked about, we’re able to make our dedication and this parliament has by no means shied away from it.’ (Transcript)

On 17 February 2022, simply earlier than Russia’s most up-to-date aggression in opposition to Ukraine started, the European Parliament adopted a non-binding decision on the annual report on the implementation of the EU’s frequent international and safety coverage. On this decision, the European Parliament underlines that Georgia (and Ukraine) may begin their accession course of to the EU offered that they assure democracy, the rule of legislation, human rights and respect for and safety of minorities – often known as the ‘Copenhagen standards‘.

Moreover, the European Parliament decision requires the EU and its Member States to recognise Georgia’s (and Ukraine’s) European perspective, which is taken into account vitally essential for the nations’ safety and stability, in addition to a driver for his or her continued implementation of inner reforms. 

Earlier debate and backbone

On 9 March 2021, the European Parliament held a plenary debate in Brussels on the present political state of affairs in Georgia (half 1, (video) half 2 (video) and half 3 (video)).

The European Parliament had beforehand adopted a non-binding decision, on 16 September 2020, on the implementation of the EU Affiliation Settlement with Georgia. The Parliament welcomed the continued deepening of EU-Georgia relations and the agency help that Georgia’s chosen path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration enjoys throughout the political spectrum and in European society. Parliament additionally recalled that enhanced cooperation and EU help are based mostly on the ‘extra for extra’ precept and are conditional on continued reform progress on, particularly, democracy and the rule of legislation, together with checks and balances within the establishments, independence of the judiciary and electoral reform.

Accession to the EU

As to Georgia’s request for accession to the EU, the European Parliament’s formal decision-making function is restricted. The European Parliament should give its consent (approve or reject however not amend) to any new accession to the EU. The choice to open membership negotiations must be taken by the EU governments unanimously. Extra data on EU enlargement and the European Parliament’s function is out there on this EP Factsheet

Lastly, the European Parliament has a Delegation for relations with the South Caucasus (DSCA) the place Members of the European Parliament usually talk about Georgia-EU relations with Members of Parliament from Georgia.

The Residents’ Enquiries Unit supplies data on the actions, powers and organisation of the European Parliament. You ask, we reply.

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