Opposition’s reactions to EU commissioner’s “positive comments” “proof” they are against Georgia’s EU integration - ruling party MP

Mamuka Mdinaradze, the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party in the parliament, said on Wednesday the “radical part” of the domestic opposition was acting against Georgia’s European Union membership candidate status. Photo: Imedi TV

Agenda.ge, 16 Nov 2022 - 14:35, Tbilisi,Georgia

Mamuka Mdinaradze, the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party in the parliament, on Wednesday said the “negative reactions” of some domestic opposition groups over the recent visit and “positive comments” of the European Union commissioner Oliver Varhelyi on Georgia’s progress on its EU path “once again proved they are fighting against the country’s European integration”. 

The MP said the authorities had to work to fulfil the 12-pont conditions set by the European Commission in June to grant the country the bloc’s membership candidate status amid “continued sabotage and destructive moves” by several opposition parties, including the largest opposition group, the United National Movement. 

Mdinaradze said the “radical parties” had been using “affiliated” organisations and foreign politicians to portray the country in a “negative context” and hamper its Euro-Atlantic integration process. 

The genuine reason why the radical wing of the opposition has refused to join the work for the country’s membership candidate status is that they do not want Georgia to gain the status”, said the MP, and added the opposition politicians had also lobbied European authorities to reject visa-free travel and other “crucial” agreements with Georgia over the recent years.

Salome Samadashvili, an MP for the Lelo opposition party, described Varhelyi, a Hungarian politician, as Hungarian president Viktor Orbán’s “man” and an official “restricted in his mandate and statements” in the wake of the EU politician’s visit.