Is Democratization in Georgia Working?

Five years after signing an association agreement with the European Union, Georgia has made considerable progress on many fronts of its reform agenda. Nevertheless, challenges remain in the area of democratization—around issues including polarization of the political debate, societal tensions, concerns about judicial independence, and persistent corruption.

This event will take stock of the achievements and setbacks in the reform process to date, and what this meant for Georgian citizens. It will also stimulate discussion about the conditions and EU incentives necessary to maintain the momentum for positive change.


  • Zaza Abashidze is the director of Squander Detector.
  • Eka Gigauri is executive director of Transparency International Georgia.
  • Keti Khutsishvili is executive director of Open Society Georgia Foundation.
  • Iskra Kirova (moderator) is a senior analyst with the Open Society European Policy Institute.
  • Svitlana Kobzar (introduction) is a program officer with the European Endowment for Democracy.
  • Sulkhan Saladze is chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association.


Please RSVP to [email protected] to attend this event.

Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 4:006:00 p.m.

European Endowment for Democracy, Rue de la Loi 34, Brussels, 9th Floor

Zaza Abashidze, Eka Gigauri, Keti Khutsishvili, Iskra Kirova, Svitlana Kobzar, and Sulkhan Saladze