During the mission, the Ministry of Reconciliation and Civic Equality launched the “State Strategy on Equality and Civil Integration” and the European Commission adopted the last progress report on the action plan on visa liberation for Georgia. In this context, the Club de Madrid mission sought to promote social inclusion through the vision of a Shared Society in a challenging time for Georgia.
On December 17, 2015, the mission met with the Public Defender of Georgia Ucha Nanuashvili who discussed about the situation of human rights in Georgia, as well as the ongoing and planned educational projects of the Public Defender’s Office. He also spoke about the goals and planned activities of the Public Defender’s Academy of Human Rights. The Public Defender confirmed that his institution will be a partner of the Club de Madrid for its shared society initiative in Georgia.
The Club de Madrid and CIPDD organized a roundtable with more than 27 civil society organisations from different ethnic and religious minorities about how to build and ensure a Shared Society in Georgia. President Mediani shared his experiences on the Albanian transition process to democracy highlighting that “Identity transition is one of the main challenges for Georgian society: a sociocultural transformation based on religious and ethnic cooperation”. He also stressed that “the three pillars to build a Shared Society include cooperation, absence of discrimination and democratic participation”.
The mission also included bilateral meetings with, Patta Zakareishvili, Minister of Reconciliation and Civic Equality and representatives of Foreign Missions to the country including the European Union Delegation, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States.