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The ‘foreign influence’ legislation undermines Georgia’s vibrant civil society and independent media, and will ultimately make it more difficult for them to continue providing necessary services to the Georgian people.

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We strongly condemn today’s vote in the Georgian parliament in favor of ‘foreign influence’ legislation, which undermines Georgia’s vibrant civil society and independent media and will ultimately make it more difficult for them to provide necessary services to the Georgian people to continue delivering, – USAID administrator Samantha Power says in her statement.

“We strongly condemn today’s vote in the Georgian parliament in favor of the “foreign influence” legislation, which undermines Georgia’s vibrant civil society and independent media and will ultimately make it more difficult for them to provide necessary services to the Georgian people to continue delivering. We are deeply concerned about the consequences of such legislation for organizations that carry out crucial work on the ground to strengthen democratic governance and stimulate economic growth.

As the European Union has made clear, this law has the potential to derail Georgia’s prospects for further integration into the EU, an effort that has support from the majority of the Georgian people. And it would pose a direct threat to the long-standing bilateral partnership – one that dates back to the early 1990s and in which USAID has provided nearly $2 billion in assistance – between the United States and Georgia, built on mutual interest and a shared commitment to democracy.

The United States calls on all parties to refrain from escalating or violent actions, and calls on the government of Georgia to refocus its efforts on initiatives that will respond to the most pressing needs of the Georgian people,” the statement read.