Over the years, Italy’s foreign policy towards post-Soviet countries has developed in the framework of bilateral relations and in the context of the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Italy welcomed the launch of the EaP in 2009, and since then has supported almost all EU initiatives under the project, including visa liberalization for Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Moreover, official Rome favored launching the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia following the Georgian-Russian war of 2008.
Italy’s economic and diplomatic presence in the European Union’s Eastern neighborhood has increased since the 2000s. The expansion of trade and diplomatic contacts with Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries has complemented Italy’s long-standing relationship with Moscow, which continues to be important despite the current political crisis and economic sanctions imposed between Russia and the EU. (more…)...
The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted the public discussion – “Georgia’s European Perspective – The View From Rome.” The event was made possible with the support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) and in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Georgia and the Information Center on NATO and EU.
On 10 October 2017, the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions organized a workshop in Vienna /Austria that discussed the option of OSCE economic and environmental confidence-building measures. Project leader is Prof. Stefan Wolff from the University of Birmingham, key drafter Ambassador Philipp Remler (US).
GIP was represented in Vienna discussion by Kornely Kakachia and Bidzina Lebanidze, who drafted joint policy paper related to impact of Russia West confrontation on Georgian conflicts.