On 24 May 2022 Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, visited Ozurgeti, Guria, one of the EU’s focal regions in Georgia. During the visit, the Ambassador visited a local school, attended a film screening of “Europe and Me” and met with beneficiaries of EU projects in the region.
Ambassador Hartzell visited a public school in Ozurgeti, where he had an open and interactive discussion on EU-Georgia relations with over 100 students. The Ambassador also joined students in a game of the classic ‘What?Where?When?’ with a European twist. Finally, Ambassador Hartzell awarded the winners of an art competition around the theme of “Europe and Me”.
Besides the school visit, Ambassador Hartzell met with several representatives of EU projects active in Ozurgeti. This included a meeting at the Ozurgeti Technopark, where four projects of the EU’s Skills4Jobs programme were present. They showed some of the results of their work aiming to help young people from Ozurgeti develop their skills and find new employment opportunities.
Furthermore, the social café “Eight+1” hosted a presentation of the activities and results of the project “Women’s Power Economic and Political Participation for Inclusive Societies in Georgia”, implemented by the Young Pedagogues Union in Guria. The discussion revolved around gender equality and the reality of women living in Ozurgeti.
Finally, the EU Delegation hosted a screening of the documentary film ‘Europe and me’, directed by Giorgi Kvelidze. It highlights the shared values between the EU and Georgia and shows several human stories from Georgia’s regions, one of them from Guria. Representatives of the Governor’s office, local municipalities as well as students and teachers from local schools attended the screening.
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