Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Further macro-financial assistance for Georgia

Delivered in Plenary - 4 July 2013

Mr President

I have long considered myself a strong friend of Georgia, which has made great strides in its democratic transition since the Rose Revolution overthrew the dictatorship about ten years ago. While many of us continue to look with unease at the difficult relations between President Saakashvili at the end of his mandate and Prime Minister Ivanishvili, there does appear to be some cause for concern with regard to the overall situation for human rights in that country.

Nevertheless, we must be vigilant. My group still supports a system of macro-financial assistance, which will assist the Georgian authorities in developing their infrastructure and we do hope they are moving closer also towards EU integration with the ENP. It is in all our interests to see a strong, prosperous and democratic Georgia ahead of the fresh presidential election scheduled for October. We must hope that this new tranche of money will help it achieve these goals.