23 July 2024,   07:26
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Rule of law and transparency is our key priority. We’re advancing. We made a huge progress and we’ll continue doing so - Garibashvili

Rule of law and transparency is our key priority. We’re advancing. We made a huge progress and we’ll continue doing so, said the Prime Minister of Georgia at the Global Security Forum.

“The United States is our Number One strategic partner. We are extremely grateful for everything the United States has done for Georgia, for strengthening Georgia’s democracy and development. On the other hand, let me also remind everyone and the author of this question that before our government the court system was basically a detachment to the prosecutor’s office. I want to explain to you very shortly what it meant. So, the number of cases sent to the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights were thousands – 4 or 5 thousand – during Saakashvili’s government. Just for comparison, this year only 150 cases were sent to Strasbourg. According to all the surveys, which were done by the international organizations, the trust towards the Georgian court system is above the average European level. It is 52-55 percent and more. According to the Rule of Law Index, for example, and this is the ranking which is done by the international organizations – by you ladies and gentlemen – Georgia is ranked first among not only in our region, but among Eastern European and Central Asian countries.

Rule of Law Index; this is a global index. You can Google it. Georgia is ahead of 11 EU countries and 13 NATO countries. Also for information, where we are in terms of good governance and openness and transparency, corruption perception index, for example, but let me just mention the budget transparency index. We’re number one in the world. So, the question I don’t want to go into details, but we had many discussions with our American friends and I think we will clarify this issue. But one thing I want to mention is that rule of law and transparency is our key priority. We’re advancing. We made a huge progress and – of course – we’ll continue doing so”, - said Irakli Garibashvili.

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