Statement by the German Political Foundations in Georgia on the Law on "Transparency of Foreign Influence"

We, the German Political Foundations represented in Georgia, express our grave concern over the draft law on "Transparency of Foreign Influence." The passing of the law in the first hearing and the discussion as a whole substantially damages Georgia's international reputation and relations with its Western partners. If the law is adopted, it would significantly harm the work of Georgian civil society organizations (CSOs) and independent media, which have contributed immensely to the democratization process of Georgia. It would further shrink the space for critical voices and promote polarization.The citizens of Georgia have repeatedly expressed their strong desire for a European future for Georgia and are showing their vehement objection to the law. We share the criticism of the law uttered by many respected institutions. We urge the Parliament of Georgia to take the concerns of Georgian and international stakeholders seriously and vote down the law.

CSOs and independent media have been our valuable partners since we started our activities in Georgia over two decades ago. All our vital work for Georgia would face severe setbacks in case of the adoption of the law.

In addition, we deeply regret that the adoption would run counter to Georgia's constitutional commitment "to ensure the full integration of Georgia into the European Union."

The Heinrich Boell Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and Konrad Adenauer Foundation

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