During the week of May 23 – 27 2016, the 1st European Cafés Tour will be organised in the eastern regions of Georgia. Slovak and Georgian speakers will visit the following cities: Rustavi, Marneuli, Telavi, Tianeti, Akhalkalaki, Mtskheta and Gori.

The format of „European Cafés“ offers a community-level debate between trusted experts, local community leaders, and the wider public in Georgian regions on key societal issues based on sharing of Slovak and Central European countries´ EU-integration experiences and stories. The project activity aims to help empower the regional public and community leaders and entrepreneurs and to raise their awareness and understanding of the integration-related changes and processes relevant for Georgian citizens. The project also has an ambition to foster open, constructive, balanced and fact-based community-level debate with local leaders and locally influential multipliers on Georgia’s association and cooperation with the EU. The main focus will be put on implications for Georgian citizens stemming from the Association agreement with the EU, DCFTA and visa liberalisation.

The European Café Tour is a project activity organised within the „Georgia on EUropean Way“ project. The project is implemented by the GLOBSEC Policy Institute (formerly Central European Policy Institute) in Georgia in the period from March 2016 – March 2017 with the support of the SlovakAid and under the auspices of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic to Georgia. The project consists of different project activities, which has the ambition to support the improvement of cooperation between civil society and state institutions in Georgia, as well as to raise public awareness about issues related to the European integration by sharing Slovak experience with the citizens of Georgia, especially in regions outside of the capitol.