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, the State Ministy for Reconciliation and Civil Integration, 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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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

Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief, 2014

The European Center for Minority Issues Caucasus in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tbilisi and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights organized a two-day “Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in South Caucasus”. This year’s conference covered all three countries of South Caucasus.

The topics for discussion included freedom of religion and belief, its connection with ethno-cultural identity and how the state should ensure freedom of religion for all as well as equal treatment for all confessions. Taking place annually, the conference serves as a regional forum for discussion of the current stage of implementation of the UN and OSCE mechanisms and recommendations related to freedom of religion or belief in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The conference was be held on 11-12 September 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia and gathered more than 80 participants including representatives of state structures, Public Defenders Offices, Dominant religious institutions, CSOs and minority religious congregations.

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Video interviews of the Conference here

Fourth Annual ECMI Summer School “National Minorities and Border Regions”

ECMI will hold the fourth annual Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions (NMBR) between 21 and 30 August 2014. For the fourth consecutive time, prominent scholars from diverse European institutions and experienced practitioners will gather in the border city of Flensburg to deliver lectures and seminars, to share their expertise and exchange views and ideas with a group of international participants.

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