About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
EU Delegation on Georgia’s Draft Constitution
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 10 Oct.'17 / 15:38

The Delegation of the European Union to Georgia issued a joint statement on October 10 in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Georgia, expressing regret over the lack of “broader consensus” around the amendments to the Constitution and calling for further cooperation over the reform process.

According to the statement, the European Union voiced early in 2017 “its expectation that the introduction of extensive amendments to the Constitution of Georgia would strengthen democracy and the rule of law, based on wide-ranging and inclusive consultations,” and welcomed “the commitment of the Georgian Parliament to consult the Venice Commission and fully incorporate its recommendations.”

“The Delegation of the European Union concurs with the Venice Commission’s opinion, released yesterday, which positively assesses the constitutional reform, stressing that it will complete the evolution towards a parliamentary system,” the EU Delegation said, adding that they “nevertheless” noted the Venice Commission’s regrets regarding the postponement of the introduction of the proportional electoral system.

The EU Delegation commented on the process of political consultations over the constitutional amendments, expressing its regret “that a valuable opportunity has not been properly seized to build broader consensus around the amendments to the Constitution,” and encouraging “all relevant political actors to work together further to complete the adoption of the new Constitution.”

The statement touched upon the ruling party’s pledge to introduce additional changes to the Constitution, saying the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia is “confident” that the parliamentary majority “will keep to its commitment to allow electoral blocs and apply a three percent threshold for the 2020 parliamentary elections, as well as to abolish the bonus for the winning party, when fully introducing proportional parliamentary elections in 2024.”

The Parliament approved on September 26 amendments to the constitution on its third and final reading. President Giorgi Margvelashvili vetoed the amendments on October 9, offering his objections to the Parliament for consideration. The ruling party, however, said it would overturn the presidential objections.

RELATED
Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
40