Georgia’s Political Landscape: Diversity, Convergence and Empty Spots

📌 On October 21, 2021 the Director of Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) Prof. Kornely Kakachia participated in the Presentation of the study “Georgia’s Political Landscape: Diversity, Convergence and Empty Spots” based on data of “Election Compass Georgia 2020”.
🟣 From the side of GIP, the analyst Levan Kakhishvili co-authored the study. The authors of the study are also Davit Keshelava (ISET-Policy Institute), Giorgi Papava (ISET-Policy Institute), Davit Sichinava (CRRC Georgia).

Main Findings 🔍🔍

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MEP Andrius Kubilius on the integration of Eastern Partnership Countries into the EU

📍 On 19 October, MEP Andrius Kubilius presented the document – “Eastern Partnership ‘Beyond Westlessness’: a New Momentum For The European Integration”, to the Georgian media at an online briefing organized by the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP).

🟣 The policy memo drafted by MEP Andrius Kubilius with Ramūnas Stanionis, Policy Advisor to MEP at the European Parliament, emphasizes that before full EU membership it’s important to get an intermediate EU membership status. According to the MEP, this status is a realistic goal and a strong motivation for the Association Trio countries (Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova). (more…)

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Launching of the third and fourth thematic working Group (WG) 2021-2022

📌 On October 16-17 Georgian Institute of Politics organized meetings with the third and fourth thematic working groups on the topics – The role of young people in Georgia’s foreign policy; Education Policy and Youth Employment.

🟣 Meetings of Thematic Working Groups were held within the framework of the project “Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia”. It is the second component of the “Emerging Leaders School” (ELS) initiative and involves ELS graduates from Tbilisi and three other target regions of Georgia. (more…)

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Multi-stakeholder discussion about how do CSOs see their role in informing SMEs regarding trade relations between EaP states and the EU

On October 11, 2021, at 13:00h (Tbilisi time, GMT+4) the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) and Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) organized a cross-country multi-stakeholder discussion about how do CSOs see their role in informing SMEs regarding trade relations between EaP states and the EU. (more…)

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Launching of the 2nd thematic working Group (WG) 2021-2022

On October 10 Georgian Institute of Politics organized a meeting with the second thematic working group, on the issue of Women’s Political Participation.
🟣 Meetings of Thematic Working Groups were held within the framework of the project “Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia”. It is the second component of the “Emerging Leaders School” (ELS) initiative and involves ELS graduates from Tbilisi and three other target regions of Georgia.

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Launching of the 1st thematic working Group (WG) 2021-2022

On October 9 Georgian Institute of Politics organized meetings with the first thematic working group on the topic – Youth Participation in local self-government.
🟣 Meetings of Thematic Working Groups were held within the framework of the project “Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia”. It is the second component of the “Emerging Leaders School” (ELS) initiative and involves ELS graduates from Tbilisi and three other target regions of Georgia.

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4 projects funded under #GEOYOUTH2021 aimed to promote youth cooperation with local municipalities

Eight youth initiative groups implemented 8 sub-projects in different regions of Georgia with the grants issued under the framework of the project #GEOYOUTH2021, dedicated to promote youth civic engagement 🎯

Four of them covered issues relating to youth cooperation with local municipalities. These sub-projects were implemented in Oni, Ambrolauri, Tsageri, Senaki and Kazbegi.

🟩 Empowering Mayor’s Youth Advisory Councils in Oni and Ambrolauri Municipalities
📍 Oni and Ambrolauri, Racha-Lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti
🎯 The project aimed to strengthen the newly created Youth Councils of the Mayor in Oni and Ambrolauri municipalities.

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4 projects funded under #GEOYOUTH2021 covered issues relating to Promoting Civic Engagement among young people in regions

Eight youth initiative groups implemented 8 sub-projects in different regions of Georgia with the grants issued under the framework of the project #GEOYOUTH2021, dedicated to promote youth civic engagement 🎯
Four of them covered issues relating to Promoting Civic Engagement among young people. These projects were implemented in Tbilisi and Batumi, Khulo, Marneuli and five municipalities in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. 

🟩 Be Active, It’s Up to You!
📍 Batumi, Tbilisi
Project goal 🎯
🟣 Promoting involvement of young people in political and civic processes.

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GIP organized online closing event for 8 regional sub-projects financed and held within the framework of #GEOYOUTH2021

On October 6, GIP organized online closing event for 8 regional sub-projects financed and held within the framework of #GEOYOUTH2021. 

Representatives of eight Youth Initiative Groups from different regions of Georgia presented objects and outcomes of their projects. 

They presented outcomes of their own projects on Youth civil engagement, combating stereotypes, strengthening local institutions and involving young people in decision-making at the municipal level 👩‍💼👨‍💼🎯. The guest of honor at the online closing event was the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Georgia H.E. Hubert Knirsch. (more…)

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Virtual Discussion: Georgia’s democracy challenge ahead of local elections: view from Brussels

On September 29, members of the European Parliament together with the Georgian civil society representatives discussed ongoing pre-election processes in Georgia and the challenges the country’s democracy is facing. As the country is preparing for its much anticipated local elections following the inter-party agreement brokered by Charles Michel, the attention from European partners is particularly important to ensure that democratic reforms remain at the top of the Georgia-EU relations’ agenda.  (more…)

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#SummerAcademy2021 in Tbilisi came to an end

3-day program was intended for 6 young researchers selected for the project from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan in order to conduct the research under the supervision of professional experts about the geopolitical shifts in three South Caucasus countries and their consequences for the South Caucasus states and the EU. The purpose of the Summer Academy was to provide support and consultation to the researchers to finalize their policy briefs and papers. The young researchers presented their works in progress, engaged in wider discussions with the local experts and attended seminars corresponding to the topics of their papers. (more…)

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Virtual Round Table Discussion: A new era or more of the same? Germany and the EaP countries after the 2021 German parliamentary elections

On 15 July, GIP hosted the Virtual Round Table Discussion: A new era or more of the same? Germany and the EaP countries after the 2021 German parliamentary elections. The event was part of the project “Georgia’s Europeanization: Assessing Progress Post 2020”, organized with the support of the Open Society Georgian Foundation (OSGF). It brought together policy practitioners and scholars from Germany for exchange of knowledge and critical discussion on the possible scenarios after the 2021 parliamentary elections in Germany and whether the EaP countries and Russia should expect a new era in German foreign policy or rather continuation of old policies. (more…)

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GIP MA thesis award

We are pleased to announce that GIP awards the College of Europe student Lucie McAnea for the best MA Thesis on the Eastern Partnership (EaP)!

Lucie will receive a GIP prize for the thesis titled ‘Where there is a will, there is a way? Tracing the role of ‘speaking with one voice’ in the EU’s CSDP missions in Georgia and Somalia’.

GIP established its special prize for the best MA Thesis on Eastern Partnership for College of Europe students last year on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and the College of Europe. (more…)

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GIP took part in a Career Week of University of Amsterdam

Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) was invited to take part in a Career Week at University of Amsterdam, organized for students of politics, psychology, law and economics (PPLE program). The event took place from 21st-24th of June, connecting students and participating organizations via online platforms. (more…)

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Winner projects of #GEOYOUTH2021 revealed!

Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) in partnership with German grass-root organization Polis180 is running a project #GEOYOUTH2021 “Supporting youth participation in local political processes”. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and aims at forming and supporting the local initiative groups across Georgia as well as identifying their needs and supporting implementation of their initiatives. To this end, within the framework of the project Call for Grant Applications for youth (18-35 years old) based in Georgia was announced. All interested individuals throughout Georgia were encouraged to team up, submit their initiatives relevant to the project objectives and get a small-scale grant for the implementation. After a very careful selection process, finally, 8 winner teams (more…)

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