We are an unarmed civilian monitoring mission of the European Union. We were deployed in September 2008 following the EU-mediated Six Point Agreement which ended the August war.
Our priorities are:
- to ensure that there is no return to hostilities;
- to facilitate the resumption of a safe and normal life for the local communities living on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABL) with Abkhazia and South Ossetia;
- to build confidence among the conflict parties;
- to inform EU policy in Georgia and the wider region
Ever since our deployment we have been patrolling day and night, particularly in the areas adjacent to the ABLs with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We have around 200 monitors from various EU Member States working on the ground. Our Headquarters are in Tbilisi and we have Field Offices in Gori, Mtskheta and Zugdidi.
Our mandate is valid throughout all of Georgia. However, the de facto authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have so far denied us access to the territories under their control.