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Council of Europe Office in Georgia

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Conference on: “2013 Presidential Elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead”

The Council of Europe and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with the support of the Swiss Confederation  and U.S. Agency for International Development USAID will organise a conference on “the 2013 Presidential Elections:  Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead on 19 February 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia. This conference is a follow up to the discussions held on 13 February in Tbilisi based on the OSCE/ODHIR report. The aim of the Conference is twofold: drawing lessons from the 2013 Presidential Elections and looking towards the next local elections from the perspective of how best to ensure full compliance with European and International Standards. The specific focus will be on how the Council of Europe, together with other international partners can best assist the Georgian authorities in its program. The conference will start at 10:00 on 19 February at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel.

It will be opened by Mr Alex PETRIASHVILI, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ms Claudia Luciani, Director of Democratic Governance, Council of Europe, Mr Gunther BAECHLER, Ambassador of Switzerland to Georgia and Mr. Stephen Haykin, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director. It will be attended by members of parliament and the government, as well as representatives of the central elections commission, the international community, the media and civil society.

Discussions will be organised around four themes: The 2013 presidential elections, 2014 local government elections, 2013 presidential elections environment, 2013 presidential elections expert opinion and finally opportunities and challenges.


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Council of Europe Office in Georgia