Tbilisi, 20 February 2023 – The new Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia, Dimitrios Karabalis, arrived in Tbilisi today to assume his duties.
“I am very delighted and excited to start my work at EUMM. This year, the Mission will mark its 15th year of presence in Georgia. Our monitors, however, remain as committed as on day one to achieving the Missions objective, which is to contribute to stability in Georgia and the wider region. It is an honour to lead such a dedicated team, and I will do my utmost to ensure they can continue to carry out their activities, often in difficult circumstances”, said the EUMM Head of Mission, at his arrival.
Appointed by the Council of the European Union on 31 January 2023, Dimitrios Karabalis is a long serving Greek diplomat. Prior to his assignment in EUMM, he was Director for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, South Caucasus and Central Asia in the Greek Foreign Ministry. Mr. Karabalis held his first post in Georgia from 2017 until 2021 as Greek Ambassador to Georgia.
Mr. Karabalis studied Public Law and Political Science at the Athens National University and International Relations at the London School of Economics.