EU, NATO condemn passing of ‘overseas agent’ regulation – DW – 05/15/2024

The European Union and NATO on Wednesday referred to as for Georgia to rethink its course after its parliament handed the controversial “overseas agent” regulation on Tuesday.

The EU mentioned that the regulation, which classifies organizations that obtain greater than 20% of funds from overseas as “overseas brokers,” would hamper the nation’s prospects of becoming a member of the bloc.

NATO additionally referred to as it a “step within the flawed course… away from European and Euro-Atlantic integration.”

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EU warns Georgia over accession

“The adoption of this regulation negatively impacts Georgia’s progress on the EU path,” EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi mentioned in a press release.

“The selection on the way in which ahead is in Georgia’s palms. We urge the Georgian authorities to withdraw the regulation.”

“The EU has clearly and repeatedly acknowledged that the spirit and content material of the regulation are usually not according to EU core norms and values,” Borrell and Varhelyi mentioned.

“Regardless of giant protests and unequivocal calls by the worldwide neighborhood, the Georgian authorities ruling majority adopted the regulation ‘on transparency of overseas affect’ in Parliament,” they added.

Georgia was given EU candidate standing on the finish of final yr.

Heading away from Europe

A spokesperson for the NATO alliance, which incorporates most EU member states, in addition to the US and Canada, warned that the regulation would pull Georgia away from Europe and the remainder of the Western powers.

In a put up on X, spokesperson Farah Dakhlalleh mentioned the passing of the regulation “is a step within the flawed course and takes Georgia additional away from European and Euro-Atlantic integration. We urge Georgia to vary course and to respect the best to peaceable protest.”

UN rights chief Volker Turk additionally condemned the regulation on Wednesday.

“Authorities and lawmakers have chosen to ignore the numerous warnings by human rights defenders and civil society organizations. The impacts on the rights to freedom of expression and affiliation in Georgia sadly now threat being important,” Turk mentioned within the assertion.

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili was set to satisfy with leaders from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Iceland on Wednesday, all of whom had been visiting the nation.

Professional-EU Zourabichvili has come into battle with the ruling Georgian Dream occasion over the regulation, pledging to veto it. Nonetheless, the occasion has sufficient seats in parliament to overturn a veto.

ab/rc (AFP, Reuters, dpa)

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