The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), founded in 1996 in Germany, is an international organization working in the field of minority governance and conflict resolution. Through action-oriented projects, practice and policy-oriented research, information gathering and documentation, and advisory services, ECMI advances majority-minority relations throughout Europe and its neighbourhood. With its headquarters in Flensburg, Germany – together with its currently two regional offices based in Tbilisi, Georgia and Priština, Kosovo – ECMI contributes to the strengthening of legislation and best practices in minority governance. Correspondingly, ECMI enhances the capacity of civil society and governments to encourage constructive relations between minorities and states.

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, Office of The State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, and Presidential Advisor on Minority Issues – as well as with international organizations and national NGOs to ensure the involvement of national minorities in consultations on state policies affecting minority communities. More »

The Eastern Partnership Minorities Network

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MRG Europe has released a Landmark policy paper: ‘Partnership for all? Measuring the impact of Eastern Partnership on minorities’

The policy paper was prepared under the EU supported project Eastern Partnership Minorities Network, implemented by MRG Europe and partner organizations of ECMI Caucasus (Georgia, Belarus) Analytical Center for Interethnic Cooperation and Consultations (Georgia), Social Action Centre (Ukraine) and Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (Armenia). The key points of the policy paper refer to low levels of minority acceptance and participation in the EaP activities, including those of CSO National Platforms. Chapter 2 of the Policy Paper “Minorities in the Eastern Partnership Countries” includes sections on Georgia. (pp.14-18) Read More

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Commemoration day of Deported Meskhetians

On 14 November Caucasian House in cooperation with the European Center for Minority Issues – Caucasus organized an event dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of around 100 000 Muslim Meskhetians by the former USSR in 1944. Read More

Seminar on Erasmus+ Educational/Youth projects for ethnic minorities

A seminar on different student/youth projects supported by the European Union was organized by European Center for Minority Issues on 10/11/2014. The activity aimed at getting familiar with the youth educational and activity programs of the young representatives of ethnic minorities living in Georgia. Read More

Regional Seminar in Akhaltsikhe

On 13th of September ECMI Caucasus conducted a regional seminar in Akhaltsikhe devoted to the local self-governance reform and minority participation in local politics. The representative of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure Mr. Mamuka Abuladze presented overview of regional policy development in Georgia with the particular focus on newly adopted Code on Local self-Governance Read More

Trainings in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Another cycle of trainings was conducted on Georgia’s Euro-integration and minority involvement in the process. This time ECMI Caucasus trained ethnic minority Armenians living in Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Read More

ECMI Caucasus launched new project on local governance

In September 2014 ECMI Caucasus launched new project “Freedom and Local Governance” supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNS). The project envisages organization of series of seminars and workshops on local governance issues and national minority participation. Read More

Training on for Media Organizations

On 23.09 European Center for Minority Issues Caucasus (ECMI Caucasus) conducted training for representatives of media organizations on Georgia’s European integration process and its implications on ethnic minorities. Read More

Supporting the repatriation of persons deported from Georgia in the 1940s and their descendants

Public Lecture in Samtskhe-Javakheti State University

Another session of public lecture was organized by ECMI at Samtskhe-Javakheti State University. On the 17th of November in cooperation with the university administration and Georgia’s Reform Associates (GRASS) a public lecture: “Georgia’s European Integration and Minority Involvement “ was delivered by Sergi Kapanadze co-founder and head of the GRASS. Read More

Public Lecture at Telavi State University

On 22 October, European Center for Minority Issues organized a public lecture at Telavi State University in Kakheti Region. Title of the lecture was “European Union, Europeanization and the Role of Ethnic Minorities – Georgia’s Perspective” and was delivered by well-known writer and publicist Davit Zurabishvili. Read More

ECMI Caucasus contributes to “Negotiating Identities” workshop of AGBU Europe GORIZ Initiative

From 22 to 26 October young leaders from Armenian diasporas across Europe and other ethnic minority diasporas such as Roma, Jews, etc. will gather in Tbilisi to discuss and to work on issues related to ethnic and other identities, minority issues and work with public authorities. ECMI Caucasus will contribute with presentations on the origins and theories related to minority rights in Europe in particular how the European minority protection and promotion systems open up for diasporas and ethnic/national minorities to retain and to forge identities across generations and in transnational settings. A specially developed ECMI curriculum will be used during the workshop to train young leaders of minority groups how they can apply minority rights in their work within and outside the communities.

The workshop is supported by the EU Erasmus + facility.

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ECMI Caucasus on Roma in South Caucasus and Central Asia at OSCE HDIM

ECMI Caucasus has actively participated in this year’s OSCE Human Dimension Meeting in a special side event dedicated to the problems Roma and Roma related groups encounter in South Caucasus and Central Asia. ECMI Caucasus Regional Director Ewa Chylinski and Project Assistant Elene Proshikian (a Roma herself) assisted OSCE ODIHR Contact Point for Roma and Sinti (CPRSI) in sharing knowledge and raising issues of Roma in South Caucasus and Central Asia, presenting situation of Roma in Georgia and recommendations for its improvement. Read More