Viola von Cramon, a Member of the European Parliament, on Tuesday called the ruling Georgian Dream party’s proposal for fulfilling the 12-point conditions outlined by the European Union for granting the country the membership candidate status later this year a “great signal”.
Cramon was commenting on the strategy presented on Friday by the party, and called on the domestic opposition to be a part of the proposal and work against the polarisation of the domestic political environment, which she described as one of the priorities of the EU conditions.
I think it’s a great signal that the ruling party came up with its own proposal. We very welcome this. I am not only calling on the ruling party to be inclusive, but also on the opposition to be inclusive and to be part of that proposal because the depolarisation is one of the priorities,” she noted.
I understand that the opposition would rather stick to the Charles Michel Agreement [mediated by the President of the European Council in 2021], but nevertheless I think it's important to consider if the ruling party offers something”, the MEP said in an interview with Imedi TV.
Von Cramon also spoke about the role of “all stakeholders” in the depolarisation process, stressing the “main responsibility” was in the hands of the ruling party.
They have to reach out to the opposition. They have to make sure there’s a place for the opposition. There should be a broader circle of MPs who are working on that agenda. But nevertheless the opposition must be ready to take up. Hopefully, they would like to be part of this”, she continued.
She also cautioned against the idea of a “technical interim government of national accord”, raised by the opposition for the implementation of the EU conditions, by noting an elected Government was already in place.
The Political Council of the ruling Georgian Dream party met on Friday to discuss the matter of fulfilling the conditions, with Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze vowing the ruling team would ensure their fulfilment in “appropriate time and manner”.