Mon. Jun 5th, 2023

Brussels, 31 January 2023

EU Council appointed today Dimitrios Karabalis, a Greek diplomat, as the new Head of Mission for the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia).

Dimitrios Karabalis is currently Director for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, South Caucasus and Central Asia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic. His mandate as Head of EUMM Georgia will run from 1 February until 14 December 2023. He succeeds Ambassador Marek Szczygiel, a Polish diplomat, as Head of Mission.

The decision to appoint Mr Karabalis was taken by the Political and Security Committee.


EUMM Georgia is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission consisting of over 200 monitors from the EU member states. It was deployed in October 2008 following the EU-mediated Six Point Agreement of 12 August 2008 and the subsequent agreement on Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008, which put an end to the conflict between Georgia and Russia.

The mission’s mandate consists ofstabilisation, normalisation and confidence building, as well asreporting to the EUin order to inform European policy-making and thus contribute to the future EU engagement in the region.

The mission’s headquarters are in Tbilisi and three field offices are based in Gori, Mtskheta and Zugdidi.

Source – EU Council


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