Strasbourg, 21.05.2010

Council of Europe Congress to observe local elections in Georgia

Date:  27-31 May 2010

Location: Tbilisi (Georgia)

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe local elections in Georgia, including the first direct elections of the Mayor of Tbilisi, on 30 May 2010.

On 27 and 28 May the delegation will meet with representatives of government and electoral bodies, amongst them the Chairman of the Parliament, Davit Bakradze and the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Davit Tkeshelalvili. Meetings are scheduled also with media and local NGO representatives. Views will be exchanged with members of the OSCE/ODIHR delegation.

Congress Vice-President Günther Krug (Germany, SOC) will head a delegation, which will include also four members of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions. As a part of the cooperation agreement between the two institutions.

A pre-election mission was carried out at the beginning of May in Tbilisi and Rustavi to assess the situation in the country prior to the elections. On this occasion, Congress members met representatives of electoral bodies, representatives of government and Parliament, as well as candidates from the ruling party and from the opposition to the post of Mayor of Tbilisi.

The delegation will present its findings during a press conference scheduled for Monday 31 May at 11 am (Hotel Ambasadori, 13 Shavteli St. – Tbilisi).)

The delegation

Congress members:

Mr Günther Krug(Germany, SOC), Congress Vice-President – Head of Delegation

Mr Istvan Borbely (Hungary, EPP-CD), Congress Vice-President

Mr Emin Yeritsyan (Armenia, EPP-CD), Congress Vice-President

Mr Fabio Pellegrini (Italy, SOC), Congress Vice-President

Mrs Dusica Davidovic (Serbia, NR)

Mr Beat Hirs (Switzerland, ILDG)

Mr Mihkel Juhkami (Estonia, EPP-CD)

Mr Nigel Mermagen (UK, ILDG)

Mrs Véronique Moreira (France , NR)

Mrs Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC)

Committe of the Regions members :

Mr Teet Kallasvee (Estonia, EPP-CD)

Mr Uno Silberg (Estonia, EA)

Mrs Sharon Taylor (UK, PSE)

Mrs Jasmina Vidmar (Slovenia, ALDE)

Congress Secretariat:

Mrs Antonella Cagnolati, Director

Mrs Renate Zikmund, Head of the Division of Communication, International Relations and Election Observation

Mrs Lucrezia Titi, Communications Assistant

More information is available at

Press contacts on the spot:

Renate Zikmund, Head of the Congress Division of Communication, International Relations and Election Observation, tel. +33 6 59 78 64 55;

Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi

Tel: +995 32 91 38 70 or 71 / 72 / 73, Fax: +995 32 91 38 74,,