A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Georgia from 17 to 18 April 2018. The delegation will examine the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 2004.
Rapporteurs on local and regional democracy, Mr Michail ANGELOPOULOS (Greece, EPP/CCE) and Mr Stewart DICKSON (United-Kingdom, ILDG) will focus on the developments in the field of local and regional democracy occurred since the adoption of the last Congress recommendation, on 19 March 2013.
Meetings are scheduled, in particular, with the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ms Maia TSKITISHVILI, the Minister of Finance, Mr Mamuka BAKHTADZE, the Speaker of the Parliament, Mr Irakli KOBAKHIDZE, the Deputy Auditor General, Ms Ekaterine GHAZADZE, and the First Deputy Public Defender, Ms Tamar GVARAMADZE.
The delegation will hold discussions with the National Delegation of Georgia to the Congress and members of the executive board of the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG). The rapporteurs will also exchange views with the Mayor of Tbilisi, Mr Kakha KALADZE, members of Tbilisi City Hall, and the Chairman of the City Council of the Mtskheta Municipality, Mr Gela BAKRADZE.
The delegation will also meet with representatives of the opposition.
The draft report and recommendation will be examined and submitted for approval at the Monitoring Committee at one of its next meetings before its submission for adoption by the Congress Session.
Georgia ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 2004. The countries which have ratified the Charter are bound by its provisions. The Charter requires compliance with a minimum number of rights, which form the European bedrock of local self-government. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities makes sure that these principles are observed.
Stephanie POIREL, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Secretary to the Monitoring Committee, Phone: +33 (0) 3 90 21 51 84, email: firstname.lastname@example.org