The signing in September 2014 of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the EU has not benefited Georgia, which remains reliant on the post-Soviet market for its exports. Exports to the DCFTA countries have not increased.
The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, who were always professional, used to arrive back when Saakashvili was president and voice their concerns, although it was obvious that they first and foremost placed emphasis on statements which were in the authorities’ interests. This continued after the Georgian Dream came to power… This Commission shuns conclusions or acutely critical assessments that would go against any incumbent authorities’ grain.
Pro-Russian disinformation narrative seeking to undermine the standing of International institutions, and the Council of Europe in particular.
In 2002-2019, the Venice Commission has made numerous scathingly critical assessments about the Georgian authorities’ legislative activities. The March 2004 Venice Commission’s Opinion on the Draft Amendments to the Constitution of Georgia stated that the proposed changes did not correspond to the government model and described the proposed president’s chairmanship of the Supreme Council of Justice “extremely problematic.”
The March 2009 Opinion on Four Constitutional Laws amending the Constitution stated that Office of the Prosecutor General, “which was formerly established on the constitutional plane, no longer has any constitutional recognition.”
The March 2013 Opinion on the Provisions relating to Political Prisoners in the Amnesty Law pointed out that the proposed law “failed to comply” with “fundamental principles of the rule of law.”
The June 2017 Opinion on the draft revised Constitution was also critical, stressing that the electoral system encouraged inequality among election candidates and that the presidential election system favoured the ruling party’s candidate.