“Georgian State Minister - ’We will not allow elections to be used as a pretext to destabilise the country’“

Georgia’s State Minister of Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze at the European Parliament on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Photo from, Sep 28, 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia

A London-based international policy think-tank has reported on the speech of Georgia’s State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze about the pre-election political climate in his country.

Bakradze's speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday focused on Georgia's democratic development and his Government's efforts to consolidate reforms. He also spoke about the political situation ahead of the October 8 Parliamentary Elections.

His address was reported today by, an online project of the London Information Network on Conflicts and State-building (LINKS).

Bakradze told more than one hundred MEPs, EU officials, diplomats and representatives of civil society and the business community gathered in Brussels, that for Georgia elections were no longer a challenge, but an opportunity," reported the website.

The Minister addressed his audience at a European Policy Centre (EPC) event, initiated by European Parliament Member and rapporteur on Georgia Andrejs Mamikins.

Bakradze listed a number of key reforms that the Georgian government had worked on since 2012, and said that the country had moved from the period of democratic transition to that [of] democratic consolidation," revealed the online portal's piece on the European Parliament.

Titled Georgia: Achievements, reforms and future challenges, Georgia’s Ambassador to the European Union (EU) Natalie Sabanadze also spoke at the event about the presence of the EU in the Caucasus region and Georgia.

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