Georgia joined the ESU in 1998 and held its official launch in 2000, with delegates from 41 countries attending the opening ceremony. The delegation was headed by Lord Watson of Richmond and Valerie Mitchell, Director-General of the ESU. ESU Georgia was founded by Marina Tsitsishvili, who had a distinguished career in establishing cultural links between Georgia and the UK.

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In 2013 -2015 Marina Tsitsishvili was the President of the International Council of the ESU.  

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In 2016, Marina Tsitsishvili was awarded an honorary MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, for services to UK-Georgian cultural and educational relations. She is the first ever Georgian recipient of a British honorary award. 

Right Honourable Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, handed Marina a certificate ,   signed personally by HM Queen Elizabeth II. 

HE Alexandra Hall Hall, the British Ambassador, presented her with a MBE medal. 

“I am delighted to be able to congratulate Marina on this honor given by Her Majesty the Queen,” Ambassador Hall Hall said. “It is people like Marina who lay foundations for friendships between countries. She is a real role model of dedication and loyalty to both our countries.”

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                                                  ESU-GEORGIA HOSTED ESU INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING 2016, IN TBILISI

On 7-12 September, 2016, 50 delegates from 20 countries came to Tbilisi to attend ESU International Council Meeting. The delegation was headed by Lord Boateng, ESU Chairman and Jane Easton ESU Director-General. The Meeting was held in Writers’ House and was a big success. Besides Tbilisi the guests visited Kakheti, wine-making region and Mtskheta, ancient capital of Georgia.


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“With our sincere thanks for such a rich introduction to your beautiful country and

for spoiling us with so many cultural treats, fabulous food – and above all for making

us so very welcome in Georgia. We will all remember the amazing variety and warmth

of your hospitality! ESU-UK

“So lovely, stylish and warm. You have

made us all Fans of Georgia and its people!”

Christopher Medalis


Georgia will stay with us forever! Thanks

Georgia! Thanks Marina, Thanks ESU!

Birute Paloviene

ESU-Lithuania President

Madloba Marina for organizing such a

memorable event.

We love you and your country.

Lucia Dumond (France)

President of ESU International Council

Thank you ESU-Georgia for perfectly

organized International Council Meeting


I have fallen in love with Georgia!

Nadya Ivanenko


I knew it would be wonderful and fabulous

and it was!

Joyce Troughton

President ESU-New Zealand

Madloba Marina for an interesting and

most enjoyable introduction to your beautiful

country and its people!

Tim and Gerda Pope,


Unforgettable Georgia!,

Thanks for a great time in Georgia!

Chris and Gillian Perriam



                                                        ESU-GEORGIA AND ESU-BRISTOL SIGNED FRIENDSHIP MEMORANDUM

Tbilisi and Bristol have been twinned cities for decades. ESU-Bristol and ESU-Georgia also signed the Memorandum of friendship and closer co-operation. The document was signed by Tony Williams, ESU-Bristol Chairman, David Narmania, Mayor of Tbilisi and Marina Tsitsishvili, ESU-Georgia President.


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