Implementation Of The Eu Association Agreement With Georgia

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13. Calls for a review of judicial selection procedures to ensure that the Venice Commission`s recommendations are fully implemented before further appointments are made; Deplores the fact that the recent selection procedure for Supreme Court judges has not been fully in line with these recommendations and has been affected by serious deficiencies; Underlines the importance of depoliticized justice, without political interference and transparency, meritocracy and accountability in the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court of Georgia and other judicial institutions; calls on the Georgian government to continue and consolidate its reforms of the judicial system, including the public prosecutor`s office, while encouraging open dialogue with all political actors and civil society and ensuring that international standards are respected; The implementation of the DCFTA will also contribute to the economic development of Georgia`s favourable business environment and to the country`s attractiveness to investors. It offers Georgia the opportunity to reform and strengthen its trade legislation and institutions. This can also lead to other positive changes for Georgia.B for example, improving SPS measures will help improve food security. Better protection of intellectual property rights can lead to innovation and improved policy and implementation of competition will prevent abuse of market power and, consequently, drive down prices. Overall, the result will be greater prosperity for citizens who will have access to better and more diversified products and services on the market. In the long run, they could have higher incomes due to new business opportunities and increased economic growth induced by European integration. According to an EU study on trade sustainability impact analysis, the reduction of non-tariff measures (NTM), technical barriers to trade (TT) and tariffs in particular, as well as the implementation of the DCFTA in general, will be in the long term national growth and GDP growth (4.3%) and exports (by 12.4%); Imports (7.5%); wages (3.6%) increase. The expected decline in consumer prices (-0.6%) disposable income will increase. [23] 15. calls for all cases of excessive use of force by Georgian law enforcement agencies against peaceful protesters and journalists to be examined, including during the June 2019 demonstrations; stresses the need to avoid impunity and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice; Urges the Georgian government to uphold the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, in accordance with AA commitments, including by baesting disproportionate sanctions against protesters; 27. Underlines the importance of transparency and encourages the Georgian authorities to continue to inform business leaders and local media about the implementation of the DCFTA; The rapporteur draws on regular and frequent meetings with the Georgian authorities, opposition leaders and civil society representatives, as well as representatives of the European Commission and the EEAS, as well as the work of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee, and thanks all stakeholders for their valuable contribution to the report.

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