Another big step was taken last weekend, when Georgian voters hit the voting ballots for municipal elections again. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday thanked voters, candidates, officials and observers for successful municipal elections which demonstrated Georgia’s strong credentials as a European democracy. At the end of this month, June 27, Georgia will sign the EU Association Agreement.
It is new for Georgians to vote for their municipal representatives. For long, the tradition of representatives nominated by the head of state had been continued. Whoever led the state had good chances to expand und secure power that way, by nominating leaders of their own interest. After state elections last fall that changed: Georgians were surprized and impressed that elections would actually lead to a peaceful change. This time they felt sure, they knew, they have learned.
In April 2004 the flag of the EU was raised in Rustavelli street in front of the Tbilisi University, in the center of Tiblisi, for the first time. What an unusual sight it was at that time! Today it does not raise anybody´s attention. Yes, Georgia is moving closer to the EU and should be a member – some time sooner or later. That is in the interest of Georgia as well as in Europe´s interest, to secure sufficient energy for Europe´s needs.
I may add: Georgia is also a wonderful place for holidays – so far only very few know.