Date(s) - 17/09/2018 - 19/09/2018



Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

Georgian, German and French Perspectives on European Values and Euro-Atlantic Integration

Polis180, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP, Tbilisi) and Argo (Paris) are implementing a joint project on European values and ways of better anchoring them in the Georgian and the EU’s societies. The European Union is being increasingly challenged by populist and Eurosceptic forces, and European values are clearly under threat in several EU member states. In Georgia, the Association Agreement with the EU is being implemented and the country is moving closer towards Europe in many ways. Nevertheless, challenges remain in the face of both external and internal threats, for instance regarding the safeguarding of human rights.

Thus, in the framework of their project #GEOEUvalues, Polis180, GIP and Argo examine: What are the main challenges to European values in Georgia and in the EU? What are European values in the first place? How can we foster European values in the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries? What is the relationship between European values and EU accession?

Click here to find our more about the project.

From 17-19 September we’re organizing a three-day workshop for young German, French and Georgian experts in Tbilisi in order to reflect on European values and the foreign and domestic challenges of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration with local experts. The workshop will include a strategic forecasting component where we’ll develop scenarios for the EU-Georgia relationship in 2030.


16 September

12.00 Tbilisi walking tour (optional)

19.00 Welcome dinner


17 September Official institutions and policies

09.00-09.15 Welcome

  • Sonja Schiffers, Co-President, Polis180
  • Renata Skardžiute-Kereselidze, Programs Manager, Georgian Institute of Politics
  • Alexandra Jercaianu, Argo Think Tank
  • Pascal Meunier, Ambassador, French Embassy in Georgia
  • Michael Fabri, Chargé d’affaires a.i, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

09.15-10.00 Perspectives from Germany: Georgia’s European Gatekeeper?

  • Michael Fabri, Chargé d’affaires a.i, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

10.00-11.00 Group work: European Values – what are we talking about?

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.45 European Values – at the Core of the EU?

  • Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

12.45-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.30 European Values: The View from Georgia

  • Zurab Karumidze, PhD, Writer & Foreign Policy Advisor to the Government of Georgia

15.30-15.45 Coffee break

15.45-17.00 Group work: reflections and publications

18.00 Reception, hosted by:

  • French Ambassador to Georgia H.E Pascal Meunier
  • Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the German Embassy Michael Fabri


18 September Perspectives from civil society

09.30-11.00 Is Democracy (Still) Relevant for Europeanization?

  • Dr. Kornely Kakachia, Director, Georgian Institute of Politics
  • Levan Kakhishvili, Analyst, Georgian Institute of Politics
  • Dr. Ghia Nodia, Professor of Politics and Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.45 Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption in Georgia

  • Erekle Urushadze, Program Manager, Transparency International Georgia
  • Bidzina Lebanidze, PhD, Analyst, Georgian Institute of Politics;  Lecturer, University of Bremen

12.45-13.45 Lunch break

13.45-15.15 Negotiating “Conservative” and “European” Values: The Struggle for Women’s and LGBTIQ* Rights

  • Eka Aghdgomelashvili, Executive Director, Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group
  • Lika Jalagania, Coordinator, Equality Policy Program, Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center

15.15-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Religious Freedom & Minority Rights

  • Eka Chitanava, Director, Tolerance and Diversity Institute

17.30 Excursion to Mtskheta & dinner


19 September Strategic forecasting

Scenarios for EU-Georgia Relations in 2030: Full day workshop facilitated by Alexander Sacharow and Sonja Schiffers, Polis180

09.00-10.15 Introduction to strategic forecasting

10.15-11.00 Group work: key drivers of EU-Georgia relations

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.45 Multiple scenario generation

12.45-13.45 Lunch break

14.00-16.00 Group work: writing stories and scenarios

16.00-16.15 Coffee break

16.15-16.45 Conference presentations

16.45-17.30 Feedback session and workshop evaluation

19.00 Dinner


The workshop is followed by a conference taking place on 20 September 2019. Click here for the conference program!

The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office in the framework of the programme “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia”.



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