Council of Europe - History of membership

On 4 March 1993 the Parliament of Georgia applied for Special Guest status with the Parliamentary Assembly and obtained it on 28 May 1996.

In 1996-1999 Georgia participated in various Council of Europe activities under the intergovernmental co-operation and assistance programs, and in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly and its committees through the Special Guest status. The cooperation covers the areas of justice, crime problems, human rights, media etc.

On 14 July 1996 Georgia applied to join the Council of Europe.

In June 1997 the delegation of distinguished lawyers visited Georgia in order to examine the legal system of the country for conformity with the Council of Europe’s fundamental principles on pluralist democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

In September 1997 Georgia opened its Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

On 27 November 1998 the meeting of Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly was held in Budapest. The Committee discussed the report on Georgia's application for membership of the Council of Europe.

On 27 January 1999 on the basis of the Resolution 209, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted the Recommendation addressed to the Committee of Ministers to invite Georgia to become a member of the Council of Europe.

On 23-24 March 1999, at their 665th meeting, the Committee of Ministers’ Deputies observed with satisfaction that Georgia was able to fulfill the provisions laid down in Article 4 of the Statute and adopted the decision inviting Georgia to become a member of the Council of Europe.

Georgia became the 41st Member State of the Council of Europe on 27 April 1999, after the date of signature of the Statute of the Council of Europe and the deposit of the instrument of ratification of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Speech of the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Zurab Zhvania at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 27 January, 1999, Strasbourg