Georgian Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee will create five working groups today to address the conditions outlined by the European Union for granting the country membership candidate status, with the issues of deoligarchisation, judicial reform, electoral code and creation of an anti-corruption agency, a special investigative service and a personal data protection service in particular focus, the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) said.
The meeting of the working group on the issue of deoligarchisation is scheduled for today with the ruling team waiting for the proposals of the opposition over the matter to be submitted.
At the previous meeting, the ruling Georgian Dream party presented the Ukrainian model on the issue of deoligarchisation, on which the positions between the political parties had been divided.
Anri Okhanashvili, the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament, said the political parties had asked for time to work out the issues on the Ukrainian model and present their proposals.
We are meeting today to exchange these proposals. Hopefully, the representatives of the opposition have worked out these issues and will present their positions”, Okhanashvili said.
The ruling party has called on the opposition to cooperate following the June decision of the European Council to grant Georgia European perspective and to address several issues to receive membership candidacy status.
Georgian Dream representatives have said that fulfilling the conditions, which cover moves for depolarising the domestic political environment, “deoligarchisation”, judiciary reforms and other issues, require the opposition's involvement.
The ruling party published an action plan to address the EU conditions on July 1 and called on the opposition to cooperate to address several issues to receive the membership candidacy status.
Michael Rupp, a representative of the European Commission, on July 13 said that the European Commision would present a report on the priorities in the enlargement package in 2023 to give the Georgian political system “sufficient time” to “thoroughly work” on the priorities for membership candidate status.