Statement on the Recent Structural Changes Connected to the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
 

 

Europe Foundation and twenty-four members of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum's Georgian National Platform call upon the Prime Minister of Georgia, the Government of Georgia, the Parliament of Georgia, and other stakeholders to engage in open discussions about the political role and functions of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, in order to make sure that the suggested structural changes will not hinder the strategically important Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia.

"Georgia sees its future in Europe. The process of European integration assists the country in improving living standards for all citizens, helping them to achieve economic prosperity and social justice. The existence of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration shows that European Integration is a national priority and shared institutional starting point.

Against this backdrop, it is inacceptable to merge the Office of State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs without prior consultations with the public, experts, and other stakeholders. Apart from this non-transparent decision on structural changes, the Government of Georgia has yet to issue a statement on which Government agencies will carry out the many functions of the Office, specifically, the coordination and monitoring of the reforms carried out in the framework of the European integration by various ministries and state agencies. Given that both the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union and the expectation of the majority of Georgian population toward the European integration process are concerned with implementing social and economic reforms within the country, it is questionable how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, which is tasked to conduct foreign policy, can coordinate the various activities implemented by various state agencies as part of the country's European integration commitments.

We call upon the Prime Minister of Georgia, the Government of Georgia, the Parliament of Georgia and other stakeholders to hold open discussions about the political role and functions of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration to make sure that suggested structural changes will not hinder strategically important Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia."

  • Europe Foundation
  • Open Society Georgia Foundation
  • Levan Mikeladze Foundation
  • Fund of Women Entrepreneurs
  • Foundation Caucasus Environment
  • European Initiative - Liberal Academy Tbilisi
  • Oxfam in Georgia
  • Georgian Association Women in Business (GAWB)
  • Georgia's Reforms Associates (GRASS)
  • Georgian Railway Workers New Trade Union
  • Association Imedi for Peace Movement of IDP Women
  • IDP Women Association Consent
  • Farmers' Rights Association
  • Association DEA
  • Business and Economic Centre
  • Georgia International Development Agency
  • International Center for Environmental Research
  • Disarmament and Non-Violence
  • Caucasus Mosaic
  • New Generation for Democratic Georgia
  • Association Tolerant
  • Charity Humanitarian Center Abkhazeti
  • International Organization of Human Rights' Protection and Prisoners' Social Securing
  • Save the Future Generation

 


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