Congress fact-finding mission to Georgia - 27 to 28 February 2013
A delegation of the Congress carryied out a fact-finding mission to Georgia on 27 and 28 February 2013 to obtain information on the situation of local and regional democracy in this country since the last elections, held in October 2012. The delegation examined, in particular, the allegations of pressure put on elected representatives and local authorities which could undermine local democracy and raise issues in the light of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. A complaint to this effect was sent by the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG) to the Congress at the beginning of February.
The delegation was composed of Congress rapporteurs on Georgia Nigel MERMAGEN (United Kingdom, ILDG) and Helena PIHLAJASAARI (Finland, SOC), accompanied by Jean-Philippe BOZOULS, Executive Secretary of Congress’s Chamber of Local Authorities. The delegation met with Mikheil SAAKASHVILI, President of Georgia, as well as the Chairman of the Parliament David USUPASHVILI. Meetings were also scheduled with George UGULAVA, the mayor of Tbilisi, as well as with the mayors of Martvili, Abasha, Tetriskaro and Tsalka.
Congress delegation meets with Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili
On the last day of its visit, on 28 February 2013, the Congress delegation met with the Georgian Prime Minster Bidzina IVANISHVILI as well as Tengiz SHERGELASHVILI, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.