Claude Kern (France, ALDE) and Edite Estrela (Portugal, SOC), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), are to make a fact-finding visit to the country from 27 to 29 March 2023.
The visit will focus on recent developments, democratic reforms and the political environment and polarisation, as well as reform of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and human rights concerns.
The co-rapporteurs are due to meet the Speaker of Parliament, the President (to be confirmed) and Prime Minister, as well as leading ministers, the head of the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Public Defender. In parliament, they are due to meet a number of committees or their Chairs, as well as representatives of the different political groups. They will also hear the views of a series of NGO representatives and members of the international community in Georgia.
Georgia is one of eleven Council of Europe member states subject to the Assembly’s full monitoring procedure, which involves regular visits by the co-rapporteurs, ongoing dialogue with authorities, and occasional plenary debates to help member States to meet the Organisation’s democratic and human rights standards.