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Statement by Tobias Billström

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström


Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström on the situation in Georgia.

Over the past weeks, tens of thousands of Georgians have taken to the streets across the country to raise their voices against the so-called draft law on foreign influence. Sweden is following these events closely and condemns the use of violence against peaceful protestors. Freedom of assembly must be respected. 

By granting Georgia candidate status, the European Union has shown that it supports the European aspirations of the Georgian people. A vibrant and independent civil society plays a crucial role in advancing along Georgia’s EU path. 

The proposed legislation would run counter to Georgia’s stated EU ambitions, as enshrined in the constitution and supported by an overwhelming majority of its citizens, and its commitments as a candidate country. If adopted, it would jeopardise Georgia’s progress towards the EU. The Georgian Government should refrain from false narratives and inflammatory rhetoric. Candidate status is a historic opportunity for Georgia.