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Last weekend over 1,500 local citizens came out to celebrate Europe Day in Tskaltubo together with the Delegation of the European Union in Georgia. The event held in a charming, green park was the first of several regional Europe Day events planned for 2019.
Citizens of Tskaltubo 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 "Stronger Together".
The event was officially opened by Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, Grigol Ioseliani, Mayor of Tskaltubo, Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, Deputy Governor of Imereti, Paata Akhaladze, Acting Head of Sakrebulo, Tsotne Zurabiani, Member of Parliament, and Dimitri Mkheidze, Member of Parliament. Ambassador Hartzell furthermore awarded the winners of the essay competition "I am European", organized by the regional office of the EU-NATO Information Center.
Children participated in various games and learning activities, meanwhile young men competed in a street basketball competition. Europe Day ended with a dynamic concert by Sophio Batilashvili, the band "Niutone" and Zviad Bolkvadze with the sun setting over a crowd of dancing citizens and visitors of Tskaltubo.
Europe Day is celebrated each year on 9th May, to commemorate the1950 Declaration of Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister at the time. He set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable by asking them to share their coal and steel reserves. This idea was the beginning of what is now the European Union, which today unites 28 countries and 508 million citizens for over 60 years of peace and prosperity.
This year's Europe Day is held under the motto "Stronger Together" to highlight the strong relations between Georgia and the European Union. 2019 is a double anniversary, marking 10 years of the Eastern Partnership and 5 years since the signature of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.