On Saturday, 5 May 2018, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia together with EU member states’ embassies and partners, organized the traditional Europe Day celebration event in Tbilisi. The Rike Park was transformed into “Eurovillage” for a day, taking all visitors on a journey to the European Union with fun activities taking place throughout the day.
Janos Herman, EU Ambassador to Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, and Kakha Kaladze, Mayor of Tbilisi officially opened the event and paid visits to the stands of the Europe Day participants.
The visitors could meet various EU Member States as well as EU-funded development programmes and find out more about how the EU is helping create more opportunities for Georgian citizens. Children enjoyed fairy tales and games from different countries, together with parents they sampled food from diverse European nations, and everybody danced to the lively music of Natia Todua and Nino Katamadze and Insight in the evening.
As usual, ENPARD programme was presented at the Europe Day together with selected EU-funded beneficiaries. Visitors enjoyed delicious products of EU-supported agricultural cooperatives and rural development initiatives. Agricultural Cooperative “Farmer’s House” presented soaked cottage cheese, cooperative “Kona” offered herbal tea of various sorts, and cooperative “Best Vineyards of Gavazi” presented Kakhetian wines. Rural development initiatives from Lagodekhi – “Individual Papuna Lobzhanidze”, “Individual Nodar Darejanashvili” and “Biofarm Pona” – brought honey, strawberries and dried fruits for degustation. Rural Development initiative from Borjomi “Tbis Kheoba” presented handmade wooden toys and souvenirs.
Mikheil Janelidze, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and Nodar Kereselidze, Deputy Minister visited ENPARD stand. The Ministers met with the EU-funded Georgian farmers, received detailed information about EU support to Georgia’s agriculture and rural development and tasted delicious agriproducts.
The Europe Day celebration will continue throughout May-June 2018 in several cities of Georgia – Zugdidi, Kutaisi, Lagodekhi and Akhaltsikhe.