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More than 1,500 local citizens came to the picturesque setting of Rabati Castle to celebrate Europe Day in Akhaltsikhe. The even organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia was already the fourth regional Europe Day in 2018 after celebrations in Zugdidi, Kutaisi and Lagodekhi this spring.
The visitors from Samtskhe-Javakheti were invited to learn about the history and diversity of the European Union, discover concrete examples of EU support to Georgia and participate in other fun and informative activities under the motto "Our Colourful Europe".
Europe Day in Akhaltsikhe was visited by Governor Besik Amiranashvili who took the time to visit representatives of various EU funded projects and programmes. The event was officially opened by Zaza Melikidze, Mayor of Akhaltsikhe, Mikolaj Bekasiak, Attaché at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, and by visiting French Senators René Danesi as well as Gisèle Jourda.
Children participated in various games and learning activities, meanwhile young people were invited to a street basketball competition. Several local teams competed and achieved impressive results.
Check out photos and a video from the event below.
Europe Day celebrates peace and unity between the today 28 different EU member countries. It marks the anniversary of the "Schuman Declaration" made in Paris on May 9th, 1950, which set out a vision for a new form of political cooperation in Europe which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable. This proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is today the European Union.
This year the European Union already held four regional Europe Day events in Georgia, two more are planned this autumn for Batumi and Marneuli. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date.