2011

Calendar of EU Events in Georgia

On October 27 the second international conference on Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Georgia will be held at the Hotel Sheraton Metechi Palace, starting at 10.30am (registration starting from 10am). The Conference is organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung with the support of the European Union, in partnership with Georgian Employers’ Association and Georgian Trade Union Confederation, within the frame of the joint EU-supported project “Strengthening Social Dialogue in Georgia”.

                                                                                                 

The EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle and Vice Prime Minister, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Giorgi Baramidze will hold a press conference on Friday, 22 July, in Batumi Radisson Blu Hotel at 15:45. Commissioner Fule is visiting Georgia on 21-22 July on the occasion of the 8th international conference entitled ,,Georgia's European Way". Commissioner will hold meetings with President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, National Security Council Secretary Giga Bokeria, State Minister Giorgi Baramidze, State Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tornike Gordadze,  opposition and civil society representatives. Commissioner Fule will also sign a Financial Agreement of the EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility project ,,Rehabilitation of Water Supply and Sewerage Infrastructure facilities in Batumi and Surrounding Villages. "

An article by Commissioner Füle on the Batumi conference and the forthcoming Warsaw summit

Date and time: 22 July, Friday, at 15:45

Venue: Batumi Radisson Blu Hotel 

                                                                                                 

Journalists are invited to the start of engineering works jointly launched by the Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure Mr Ramaz Nikolaishvili, OSCE Co-Chair in Office special representative for protracted conflicts and Co-chair of the Geneva talks Ambassador Giedrius Čekuolis and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia Ambassador Philip Dimitrov.

As a result of this project co-financed by the Government of Georgia and the European Union, the population of Nikosi and Saltvisi areas will be supplied with irrigation water in a few weeks. The project is implemented by the OSCE together with the Municipality Development Fund under the Ministry for Regional Development and Infrastructure.

Date and Time: Friday, June 17, 2011, at 17:00 

Venue: at the Nikosi water pumping station, 110 km from Tbilisi (1hr 15 min)
<>A minibus for 16 persons will departing at 3:30 from the EU Delegation premises ( Nino Chkheidze 38). Those willing to take the minibus please contact +899 53 3031

                                                                                                 

Journalists are invited to a media event at which head of Delegation Ambassador Philip Dimitrov will present Progress Report for 2010 on the implementation of the EU -Georgia Action Plan under the European Neighbourhood Policy. This is the fourth annual ENP Progress Report for Georgia

Progress Reports for 12 European Neighbourhood countries were published in Brussels on 26 May 2011

Date and time: 2 June, Thursday, 12.00

Venue: Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (38, Nino Chkheidze str)

                                                                                                 

Journalist are invited to a press conference to be held by the chief negotiator of the EU – Georgia Association Agreement Mr Gunnar Wiegand, Head of Department, Directorate Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation & OSCE, European External Action Service. Mr Wiegand and the delegation from Brussels are visiting Georgia on 16-18 May occasion of the fifth round of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement negotiations.

Date and time: Wednesday, 18 May at 11:30

Venue:  Europe House, Freedom Sq 1

                                                                                                    

The municipality of Mtskheta will host a meeting of key Georgian authorities and cultural heritage experts to discuss main steps towards a better protection of cultural heritage from armed conflicts in the framework of the European Union multinational programme entitled Cooperation in Urban Development and Dialogue (CIUDAD). 

The War Free World Heritage Listed Cities project aims at establishing good practices for urban and site management in cities threatened by armed conflicts, and to prepare candidacy applications for Mtskheta (Georgia) and Byblos (Lebanon) for Enhanced Protection from UNESCO.

This thirty months project is carried out in a partnership led by the Council of United Municipalities of Byblos (Lebanon), with the Municipality of Mtskheta (Georgia), the World Association for the Protection of Tangible, and Intangible Cultural Heritage WATCH (Italy). It will be also associated with Friends of Cultural Heritage FOCUH (Turkey) and Network for Advanced Restoration NEREA (Italy).

This focus-group meeting is part of a series of initiatives to promote initiatives aimed at  involving relevant authorities and public entities in Georgia. The project aims also aims at setting up a core national group of experts, which will study "Risk Mitigation Measures" and  design a "Risk Preparedness Plan". By adopting these two documents, Georgia would be compliant with Second Protocol of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Properties in times of armed conflicts.

Date and Time: 25 March, Friday. From 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: at the Mtskheta Palace Hotel, Mtskheta 
For more information about the Cuidad programme:
http://www.ciudad-programme.eu/
Municipality of Mtskheta Tel.: (995 32) 51 27 27

                                                                                                    

Journalists are invited to the launch of a project entitled "Support  the Reintegration of Georgian Returning Migrants and the Implementation of the EU-Georgia Readmission Agreement". The main aim of the project is to strengthen migration management by increasing the capacities of competent authorities in Georgia, support dignified sustainable return and reintegration of migrants and to address challenges posed by irregular migration.

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Ambassador Philip Dimitrov will open the ceremony. The Georgian authorities will be represented by Mr. Koba Subeliani, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees and Ms. Nino Kalandadze, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Representatives of Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Sweden and Belgium will address the audience as well as Ms. Bela Hejna, Project Director and representatives of the International Organization for Migration, the Danish Refugee Council and the International Labour Organization.

Date and time:  17 March, Thursday, at 13:00
Venue: Radisson  Hotel, Ball Room 3 

                                                                                                    

Journalists are invited to the closing conference taking stock of activities in the Georgian Higher Education system under the EU-funded Twinning project "Capacity Enhancement for Implementing the Bologna Action Lines in Georgia."  Minister of Education and Science Dimitry Shahskin, Vice-Prime Minister and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Giorgi Baramidze and  Head of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia Ambassador Philip Dimitrov will make opening remarks. Press will have an opportunity to aks questions after the official opening.   

Date and time: 10 March, Wednesday, at 10:00; Venue: Hotel Ambasadori,  (Shevteli 13)

                                                                                                    

Minister of Energy of Georgia Alexandre Khetaguri and Head of Delegation of the European Union Ambassador Philip Dimitrov will sign a Financing Agreement on the allocation of Euros 5 000 as a grant  to Enguri/Vardnili Hydro Power Plant Rehabilitation project.

Date and time: 27 January, Tuesday, at 1:00; Venue: Ministry of Energy (2, Baratashvli st)

                                                                                                    

Journalists are invited to a presentation of projects granted by the European Union to 14 non-governmental organisations. The presentation will be opened by Head of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia Ambassador Philip Dimitrov. The NGOs have won the Call for Proposals launched in 2010 under the European Union's Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights with a total grant allocation of over Euro 1 200 000. The activities under the projects are aimed at strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reforms, supporting rule of law and good governance

Date and time: 25 January, Tuesday, at 3:00; Venue:  Europe House, Freedom sq 1