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Lithuania help establish NATO information centres in Georgia


In the first week of December joint project of the Atlantic Treaty Lithuanian Association (ATLA) and non-governmental organisation (nGnI) of Georgia "New Generation-new" supported by the National Defence Ministry was completed, eleven NATO information centres were established in schools and universities of Georgian cities and towns.

Aim of the " Establishment of NATO information centres in Georgia - passing experience of Lithuania to Georgia on the way of NATO integration" project is providing precise information on the processes of NATO and Georgian Euro-Atlantic integration, boosting discussions of the society and participation in political and social processes in the country. Information centres made up of shelves and stands containing information material were established in libraries.

Experts from the National Defence Ministry, high-ranking diplomats from foreign embassies in Georgia, representatives of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, representatives of the Georgian Government, members of nGnI and ATLA took part in the meetings and discussions with students and local society held on the events of opening of NATO information centres. Attendees saw a cartoon about NATO organisation, Lithuanian experts made presentations aboput Lithuania's experience of NATO integration.

Week of events will be closed by a videoconference Brussels-Tbilisi with Special Representative of the NATO Secretary General for South Caucasus and Middle Asia Robert Simmons and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania for the North Atlantic Council Ambassador Linas Linkevicius as participants.

In the NATO information centres people will be able to use information on NATO and NATO-Georgia relationship, improvement of social and economic conditions, opportunities and perspectives opening on Georgia's entering NATO, and international and non-governmental organisations. Activity of the centres will be conducted by trained managers who will organise events on the issues important for NATO and society, invite speakers, launch cooperation with various organisations.

The project was supported by the National Defence Ministry of the Republic of Lithuania, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Georgia, Embassy of Bulgaria in Georgia, division of NATO Public Diplomacy.

Picture: Representative of the National Defence Ministry Marius Alekna opening NATO information centre in Ozurgeti.

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