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The Role and Significance of the Eastern Partnership in the Process of Transformation of the Countries of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus

On November 25, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) hosted a presentation of the results of the international project “The Role and Significance of the Eastern Partnership in the Process of Transformation of the Countries of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.” The project was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and it was implemented by an international consortium of universities, uniting the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Yerevan State University, Moldova State University and the International Security and Partnership Centre (ISPC) in Lviv. The TSU Institute for European Studies was a project co-author and partner.

“A very serious and interesting research was conducted in our region regarding the role of the Eastern Partnership. Today, we are summarizing the results of this research. I hope, we will learn a lot of novelties about the Eastern Partnership as well as the challenges our country is facing in this regard,” Head of the TSU Administration, Lasha Saghinadze said.

Nino Lapiashvili, director of the TSU Institute for European Studies, noted that a publication covering the results of the research will be published within the framework of the project. “The English-language publication will be available not only to Georgian readers, but also to those from the Eastern Partnership countries. It is noteworthy that our Institute has a twelve-year friendship with the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. We held academic conferences, workshops, various joint events on multiple occasions,” Lapiashvili said.

Deputy Dean of the TSU Faculty of Law, Demetre Egnatashvili, Head of the European History module of the TSU Institute for European Studies, Director of the TSU Institute of American Studies, Vasil Kacharava, Program Manager and a representative of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Piotr Bajor and Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Communication at the Jagiellonian University, Ewa Bogacz-Wojtanowska attended the event.

Ewa Bogacz-Wojtanowska said that the future of science and generally, the society is closely linked to cooperation, rather than competition, adding that the project involves cooperation between the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the implementation of joint projects.

Following the presentation, the authors of the research – Nino Lapiashvili (“Application of the Association Agreement in the Judicial Practice of Georgia”) and Vakhtang Charaia (“The Role of the Eastern Partnership Initiative in the Economic Development of Georgia”) responded to the audience questions and a thematic discussion was held with the participants of the event.