On 4 March 1993, the Parliament of Georgia applied for the Special Guest Status at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The request was satisfied on 28 May 1996.
During 1996-1999, in its capacity of the Special Guest, Georgia participated in the Council of Europe intergovernmental co-operation and assistance programmes in the fields of law, crime problems, human rights and media.
On 14 July 1996, Georgia applied for membership of the Council of Europe.
In June 1997 delegation of eminent lawyers visited Georgia to verify the compatibility of the legislative system of Georgia with the internationally recognized principles of democracy, human rights and rule of law.
In September 1997, the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe was opened in Strasburg.
On 27 November 1998 during its meeting in Budapest the Committee of Political Affairs of PACE examined the request of Georgia to become the member of the Council of Europe.
On 27 January 1999, the Parliamentary Assembly after the adoption of the resolution 209, applied to the Committee of Ministers to consider the invitation of Georgia as a full member of the Organisation.
On 23-24 March 1999, at its 665th meeting, recognising the irreversible nature of the democratic reforms in Georgia, the Committee of Ministers adopted the decision to invite Georgia as the 41st member of the Council of Europe.
On 27 April 1999, after the deposition of the instrument of ratification of the Satute of the Council of the Europe and signing of the European Convention on Human Rights, Georgia became a full-fledged member of the Council of Europe.
At present Georgia has signed and ratified 64 and signed but not ratified 12 conventions of the Council of Europe.
Committee of Ministers
- Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze represents Georgia in the Committee of Ministers.
- Ambassador Mamuka Jgenti has been the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe since January 2011.
Georgia is represented in the Parliamentary Assembly by a delegation of 5 representatives and 5 substitutes.
- Petre TSISKARISHVILI (EPP/CD) is the head of the delegation.
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
Georgia is represented in the Congress by a delegation of 5 representatives and 5 substitutes.
- George Ugulava (EPP/CD) is the head of the delegation.
The Council of Europe's ordinary budget for 2012 is € 240 016 900. The contribution of Georgia is € 312.671.90.
- Georgia ratified the European Convention on Human Rights on 20 May 1999.
- The Judge for Georgia to the European Court of Human Rights is Nona TSOTSORIA.
- Applications lodged against Georgia in 2011: 395
- Judgments in 2011: 3 violations, 1non-violation
Council of Europe Office in Georgia
Ms. Caterina BOLOGNESE
Head of Office
26, Kakabadzeebi Brothers street,