Media for Transparent and Accountable Governance (M-TAG), a USAID supported program by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX),

invites journalists (reporters, correspondents) to participate in the training course in

EU Integration Policy

24 academic hour-long interactive courses will be led by lecturer Ivane Chkhikvadze (Open Society Georgia Foundation), co-lecturers Ana Natsvlishvili (Georgian Young Lawyers Association), Ana Abashidze and Ana Arganashvili (Partnership for Human Rights), Lina Gvinianidze (Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center) and Mikheil Mirziashvili (The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia).

The following 2 four-hour-long sessions for journalists led by Ivane Chkhikvadze will cover the following issues:

  • EU-Georgia relations and EU institutions;
    • Visa free travel between the EU and Georgia.

Following 4-hour-long session will be provided by Ana Arganishvili and Ana Abashidze. The session will cover:

  • Issues related to children’s rights emphasized in Georgia – EU Association Agreement;

The 4-hour-long session led by Ana Natsvlishvili will talk about:

  • Reform of justice system in the frame of Georgia – EU Association Agreement;

Next 4-hour-long session will be conducted by Lina Gvinianidze, who will cover:

  • Reforms in labor rights system and standards emphasized in Georgia – EU Association Agreement;

The final 4-hour-long session will be led by Mikheil Mirziashvili and will cover:

  • EU Integration and conflicts.


The sessions will be held from April, 2016.  The training course will consist from 24 academic hours. The 4- hour-long sessions will be held twice a week.  The sessions will be conducted in IREX office at the following address: Marjanishvili Str. 6, Tbilisi.

The training course is open for Tbilisi based journalists, who are interested in learning about Georgia’s path towards integration in the EU, including in learning more about contents of the Georgia ‘s Association Agreement with the  EU, and have some experience in preparing materials on this subject.

The participants will be expected to prepare journalistic works on these and related issues.

The training course is organized in the frames of USAID supported M-TAG program implemented by IREX.

The journalists interested in participation in the training course should send their CV and cover letter to the following address: no later than 6 pm, April 4, 2016.

The cover letter should not exceed one page and should contain information about relevant experience of the applicant (please provide list of materials on EU integration, which you have published and links to them if available). Please explain why you are interested in this training course and how you plan to apply knowledge you will acquire. The number of participants is limited, and applicants will be selected on the basis of provided CVs and cover letters.

Selected applicants will be informed before April 10, 2015.

Leading trainer short biography:

Ivane Chkhikvadze works as a EU Integration Program Manager at Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF). He focuses on EU-Georgian relations and runs the projects promoting Georgia’s integration into the European structures. He was country analyst of European Stability Initiative for up to two years. Before, he worked for the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and prior to joining the Foundation, he worked at the Office of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia, where he assisted in monitoring and evaluating implementation of EU programs in the field of economic integration, public awareness, capacity building, education and trafficking. Ivane also supervised the implementation of EU projects related to regional cooperation. Ivane Chkhikvadze holds Master’s Degree from the College of Europe in European Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, in Policy Analysis.

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact persons:

Ana Nizharadze

M-TAG Training Manager

Phone: 2 91 26 08 (117)

M-TAG program is made possible with the generous support of the American people