Georgia was handed over a symbolic key for becoming Chairman of the Council of Europe (CoE). Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs of France gave a symbolic key of the chairmanship to Davit Zalkaliani, Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Strasbourg.
Georgia will be Chairman of Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe during the period from November 27, 2019, to May 15, 2020. The chairmanship was handed over to Georgia from France earlier this afternoon.
Georgia will have 4 priorities as Chairman: human rights and environment protection; civil engagement in decision-making process; jurisdiction oriented on children; and strengthening of democracy with the engagement of education, culture and youth.
The Georgian state flag was put up and is waving at the Republican Square in Strasbourg. The Georgian national anthem was performed and the lace was cut. In connection with Georgia’s Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers at the CoE, trams decorated with the posters of Georgian alphabet will be running for 6 months in Strasbourg.