On June 28, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) with the support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation organized the discussion – “Georgia’s European Perspective After the EU Council: Next Steps”.
The high-level discussion included representatives of the Georgian think tanks and civil society and ambassadors from the EU member states. The meeting reflected on the European Council results and discussed the following questions:
- How to assess the EU Summit results and its implications for Georgia’s further Europeanization?
- What could be the best strategies to communicate the EU response to the wider public, to both push for change and maintain motivation and public support for the process?
- What could be the next steps forward in realigning the foreign and security policies of Georgia and the EU?
The closed event was chaired by Ketevan VASHAKIDZE, Director at Europe Foundation. Ambassador of France to Georgia, H.E. Diégo Colas, and Director of the Georgian Institute of Politics, Prof. Kornely Kakachia opened the discussion with their welcoming remarks.
The closed-door discussion included distinguished speakers from the Georgian think tanks and civil society: Renata SKARDŽIŪTĖ-KERESELIDZE (GIP); Tamar KHULORDAVA (Former Chairperson, European Integration Committee, Parliament of Georgia); Shota DIGHMELASHVILI (Shame Movement); Ivane CHKHIKVADZE (Open Society Georgia Foundation); Nika SIMONISHVILI (Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association); Dr. Eka AKOBIA (School of Governance, Caucasus University) and Mariam GOGOSASHVILI (Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics).
They expressed concern that the country’s government is not cooperating with the civil sector to implement the EU recommendations. They are pessimistic about the prospect of political will on the part of the government to rectify the situation.
On the other hand, the meeting’s participants discussed some of the ideas for moving forward, such as the proposal of forming a temporary technical government, brought forward by the Shame Movement, as well as the importance and tools for monitoring the implementation of the EU recommendations and making significant advancement in the next 6 months.
This event was made possible with the financial support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) in the framework of the project “Georgia’s Europeanization: assessing progress after 2020”.