Georgian Ambassador to Germany visits ECMI
together with Mr. Wolfgang Boernsen, MdB for Schleswig-Holstein
Ambassador, Prof. Dr. Gabriela von Habsburg, Georgia's envoy to the Federal Republic of Germany, visited the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) on 22 February 2012 together with Mr. Wolfgang Boernsen, MdB for Schleswig-Holstein. The aim of the visit was to introduce Ambassador von Habsburg to the ECMI's work in Georgia and exchange ideas for further co-operation. Ambassador von Habsburg met with Director Tove H. Malloy and Regional Representative for ECMI Caucasus, Mr. Tom Trier who gave an introduction to the Centre's work in general and ongoing projects in Georgia. The second Mayor of Flensburg, Mr. Jochen Barckmann also participated.
The ECMI has been operating a Caucasus office based in Tbilisi since 2003 where it works towards building stable and inclusive democracies throughout the region, particularly in Georgia. ECMI Caucasus works to improve the competencies of minority organizations and assists governments in building institutional capacities to develop and implement policies on national minority issues. In particular, ECMI Caucasus works closely with Georgian state agencies - such as the Public Defender, the State Minister for Reintegration, and the Administration of the President - as well as with international organizations and national NGOs to ensure the involvement of national minorities in consultations on state policies affecting minority communities. For more, see the ECMI Caucasus website here.