This research paper tackles one of the most controversial issues in Georgian society – the relationship between Church and State. Following a recent statement by the prime minister of Georgia that questioned the “classical understanding” and utility of secularism in the Georgian context, a unique Georgian model of secularism has been put forth, resulting in a stir both within and beyond Georgia’s borders. The aim of this paper is to explore whether realization of this “unique” Georgian model of secularism poses any threat to the country’s European integration aspirations.
Mariam Grigalashvili’s interview with the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia and Armenia – H.E. Kai Kaarelson
“The EU money and help is there, it just has to be used better for the real transformation.
The better the results, the more help will become available.”
- How does Estonian society perceive the future of the EU-associated Eastern Partnership countries (Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia)? Does the public view differ from the official view?
GIP has been commissioned by Open Society Foundations to organize a joint workshop for the civil society representatives from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia engaged in montoring the implementation of select reform commitments under Association Agreements. The event took place in Odessa, Ukraine on November 27-28, 2017 in partnership with Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF), Soros Foundation-Moldova (SF-M) and the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) with the support from OSF Eurasia Program (EP) and the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI).
Tbilisi, 30 November, 2017
On 24 November 2017 the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Brussels. Summit participants took stock of progress made since the Riga Summit in 2015 and adopted the Joint Declaration. In the Declaration the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries reconfirmed the high importance they attach to the Eastern Partnership, based on common values, mutual interests and understanding, shared ownership and responsibility, differentiation and mutual accountability, which brings the Eastern European partner countries closer to the European Union. They welcomed “20 Deliverables for 2020” delivering tangible results in a transparent and inclusive manner as well as strengthening resilience.