TBILISI, 29-30 March 2023 – The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) was honoured to receive Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden over the past two days. The visit took place in the context of Swedens Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2023. It underlined the importance of EU civilian crisis management missions to bring peace and stability to the European Union neighbourhood.
"It was a great privilege to host Crown Princess Victoria during her visit to Georgia," said EUMM Head of Mission Dimitrios Karabalis. "Her presence highlights the significance of our work and the importance of the EUs civilian crisis management missions. The EUMM is dedicated to promoting security and stability in Georgia, and we highly appreciate Crown Princess Victorias interest in our activities."
On 29 March, Crown Princess Victoria received a briefing about EUMM’s mandate and activities at the Mission’s Headquarters in Tbilisi. The following day, the Mission hosted her on a visit to the South Ossetian Administrative Boundary Line (ABL). In Khurvaleti she was able to witness first-hand how the ABL and ‘borderisation’ features impact the lives and human rights of the conflict-affected communities. Her Royal Highness also visited the local school, and met with teachers and children.
Finally, at the Tserovani settlement for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), she met with local women entrepreneurs at the NGO Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub. They discussed the NGO’s activities and the challenges that internally displaced persons face in their daily lives.
EUMM is grateful for Swedens leadership in supporting EU civilian CSDP missions and for directly supporting the Mission with personnel. Currently, 21 Swedish nationals are serving in the Mission.