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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Seminar & Working meeting for Council of National Minorities

On the 18th of September 2014 European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI) has conducted seminar and working meeting for the member of Council of National Minorities (CNM) under auspices of the Ombudsman’s office of Georgia. The activity aimed at: Read More

Training for on Georgia's Euro-integration procces for ethnic minority Azerbaijanis

On 4th of September 2014 European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI) – Caucasus conducted trainings in Kvemo Kartli region for ethnic minority Azerbaijanis. The essence of the trainings was to provide basic information about European Union, Eastern Partnership and Association Agreement which was signed on June 27 by Georgia. Read More

Training for representatives of regional and media organizations working on issues of ethnic minorities living in Georgia

European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI) – Caucasus is to organize a training for journalists and freelancers working on ethnic minority population’s issue and journalists of regional media about Georgia’s way of European Integration, involvement of ethnic minorities and coverage of these issues by media.

Training will be held in Tbilisi, on the 23rd of September. For registration, please fill in the form Read More

Trainings on Georgia's Euro-integration process for ethnic minorities living in Kakheti region

On August 12 and 13th, ECMI Caucasus conducted four back-to-back trainings in the Kahketi region. Held in Kvareli, Telavi and Dedoplistskaro municipalities, these trainings addressed the recent Association Agreement signed between Georgia and the European Union and its implications for Georgian citizens belonging to the country's various ethnic minorities. Among the participants were those from the Azerbaijani, Avar, Roma, Udi, Kist/Chechen and Ossetian communities. 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 will organize a two-day “Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in South Caucasus”. This year’s conference includes all three countries of South Caucasus.

The topics for discussion include 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. It will also serve 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 will be held on 11-12 September 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia and will include Representatives of state structures, Public Defenders Offices, Dominant religious institutions, CSOs and minority religious congregations.


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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