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).)
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)
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 www.coe.int/congress-georgia
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; email@example.com
Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi