Macron and Scholz “deeply concerned” by the situation in Georgia

Macron and Scholz “deeply concerned” by the situation in Georgia
Macron and Scholz “deeply concerned” by the situation in Georgia

PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz said they were “deeply concerned by the situation in Georgia”, on Sunday in a joint message, after the adoption of the law on “foreign influence” which according to them excludes the country from its “European way”.

“It is with deep regret that we note the decision of the Georgian government and the ruling party to deviate from this path by acting against our common European values ​​and the aspirations of the Georgian people,” they said. declared the French president and the German chancellor, in this message published on Emmanuel Macron’s Facebook page.

“Our two countries have been strong defenders of Georgia’s European path and actively supported the decision of the European Council to grant candidate status to Georgia in December 2023,” recall the two leaders.

“Georgia’s European path has been charted, but the speed and direction of progress depends on Georgia,” they emphasize.

The law on “transparency of foreign influence” was approved this week by the Tbilisi Parliament despite a vast opposition movement.

Georgian President Salomé Zourabichvili on Saturday vetoed the legislation, which she said contradicts the country’s Constitution and requires organizations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as “agents of foreign influence”, like a similar law in Russia.

In an interview with the Tribune on Sunday, Salomé Zourabichvili recognizes, however, that her veto “will not change anything” – the ruling party, Georgian Dream, can override it thanks to its parliamentary majority – and calls on the voters of her country to confirm “the choice European Union of Georgia” during the next legislative elections in October.

She calls on Emmanuel Macron to go to Georgia before the start of the electoral campaign in September.

“I wrote to President Macron, I am expecting him for Georgia’s independence day, May 26. For him to come at that time would be very fair,” she said.

(Written by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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