On March 20, First of May the Blessed Virgin of the Annunciation Monastery of Saint Tsotne the Confessor’s spiritual and educational center Union “21st Century” organized a meeting of Poti and Khobi Diocese clergy. The meeting was hosted by the Archbishop Grigol. the meeting was attended Khobi municipality district governor Gocha Kajaia, Educates the center’s staff and active parish.

 Paata Gachechiladze, Program Director of the Union Century 21 made the speech. Presentation made in the first half of the event dealt with the information on the EU and those international organizations, with which Georgia cooperates. 
In the second half of the meeting, the speech dealt with the situation in the EU member states with regard to the religion. The models of the relationship between the state and the church/religious unions employed in these countries were reviewed.

On March 21, the meeting was held in Zugdidi and Tsaishi diocese clergy. After the presentation the meeting continued discussion and question and answer format, The clergymen raised a an important issue, such as teaching religion in public schools.

March 22 at the 20th Meeting within the project, which was completed this cycle of meetings. The meeting was held in Bodbe Monastery and it hosted the Bishop Jacob. The meeting was attended monastery and the Bodbe clergymen.

Archil Karaulashvili, Deputy State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Giorgi Faresashvili, Deputy Director of Information Center on NATO and Paata Gachechiladze, Program Director of the Union “Century 21st”, Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Georgia Director Ia Tikanadze made speeches at the meeting.

Both printed and electronic versions of the publication “The State and the Religion in the EU Countries” prepared by the Union Century 21, as well as the booklet “Orthodox Church in the EU Countries” were distributed among participants. Above meetings were conducted within the scope of the project carried out by the Union Century 21 under the support of the EU.


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