Procedure : 2012/2816(RSP)
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Document selected : B7-0468/2012

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B7-0468/2012

Debates :

PV 26/10/2012 - 3
CRE 26/10/2012 - 3

Votes :

PV 26/10/2012 - 6.12
CRE 26/10/2012 - 6.12

Texts adopted :

P7_TA(2012)0411

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0467/2012
17.10.2012
PE493.641v01-00
 
B7-0468/2012

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on elections in Georgia (2012/2816(RSP))


José Ignacio Salafranca, Elmar Brok, Arnaud Danjean, Elena Băsescu, Krzysztof Lisek, Ioannis Kasoulides, Tunne Kelam, Rafał Trzaskowski, Corien Wortmann-Kool, Jacek Protasiewicz, Cristian Dan Preda, Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Anna Ibrisagic, Eduard Kukan, Monica Luisa Macovei, Marietta Giannakou, Inese Vaidere, Andrzej Grzyb, Filip Kaczmarek, Paweł Zalewski

  on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on elections in Georgia (2012/2816(RSP))  
B7‑0468/2012

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on Georgia of 20 May 2010 on the Need for an EU Strategy for South Caucasus, of 7 April 2011 on to the European Neighbourhood Policy - Eastern Dimension, of 17 November 2011 on the Negotiations of the EU Georgia Association Agreement,

–   having regard to the Joint Statement by the High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Füle on the results of Georgia’s parliamentary elections on 2 October 2012,

–   having regard to the statement of the preliminary findings and conclusions arising from the International Election Observation of the Georgian Parliamentary election on 1 October 2012;

–   having regard to the Council conclusions on Georgia on 15 October 2012,

–   having regard to the ENP Progress Report on Georgia on 15 May 2012,

–   having regard to the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit of 7 May 2009,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the EU favours a stable and democratic Georgia that respects the principles of a social market economy, the rule of law, human rights and the protection of minorities and that guarantees fundamental rights; whereas Georgia’s domestic political stability and focus on internal reform is a prerequisite for the further development of relations between the EU and Georgia;

B.  whereas the last parliamentary elections in Georgia held on 1 October 2012 were free and fair and in line with internationally recognised standards; whereas overall freedom of associations, assembly and expression were respected and the Georgian people, despite a very polarised campaign freely expressed their will;

C. whereas the EU and Georgia made progress in deepening and broadening EU-Georgia relations within the Eastern Partnership framework; whereas the negotiations and signature of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, including a DCFTA, is important for Georgia’s European perspective;

D. whereas the EU remained committed to and continued to fully support Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and the peaceful resolution of conflicts in Georgia;

1.  Stresses that one of the EU’s main foreign policy objectives is to enhance and foster relations with Georgia;

2.  Welcomes the progress in relations between the EU and Georgia and reaffirms the values, principles and commitments as these include democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, a market economy, sustainable development and good governance;

3.  Welcomes the fact that Georgia has successfully conducted its first truly competitive elections, which were free and fair with respect for the rules and standards of international law, and held under an improved legal framework and administrated in an overall professional and transparent manner; underlines that this election was an important step towards the democratic development of Georgia and for the political future of the country; thanks the president and the government who, together, have made this development possible;

4.  Calls on all political parties to respect the will of the voters as reflected in the outcome of the elections, and to respect a free and peaceful post electoral environment and to stay within the legal framework and the rule of law;

5.  Welcomes President Saakashvili’s statement, to accept his party’s defeat in the elections and underlines that this statement in such an early stage after the elections gives a positive signal with regard to democracy in Georgia;

6.  Calls on all the political forces to show restraint and trusts there will be constructive cooperation between the executive and legislative powers in Georgia during the likely period of cohabitation; condemns the fact that the leader of Georgian Dream party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, called on President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign and to organise early presidential elections, something that constitutes a direct attack on democracy in Georgia; calls for respect for the constitution, democracy and the rule of law in Georgia;

7.  Calls on the new government and the opposition to assume their responsibilities and to work together, to concentrate on the further democratic development of the country and to remain fully committed to the promotion of democracy and good governance;

8.  Expects that the new majority to continue its cooperation with the EU and NATO, and hopes that the relations between the EU and Georgia will remain strong;

9.  Insists that the new government will continue to combat corruption and implement the political reforms already begun by the current government;

10. Calls on the VP/HR of the Union for Foreign Affaires and Security Policy to make further efforts to encourage Russia to comply with the six-point Sarkozy Plan to stabilise and resolve the conflict in Georgia;

11. Stresses the need for the new government to maintain and enhance Georgia’s constructive engagement in the Geneva International Discussions;

12. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the VP/HR of the Union for Foreign Affaires and Security Policy, the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President, the Government and Parliament of Georgia, Secretary-General of NATO and the OSCE.

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