Hello dear delegates and officials of the 2nd Batumi International Fo-
rum. Hope you’ll enjoy few days in the capital of beautiful Adjara re-
gion and your participation in the forum will be useful both for us and
yourself. This newspaper is for you, so share with me and our won-
derful journos ideas how to make it more interesting and pithy.
Photo on the cover is not made in Pisa (Italy), it is Batumi, Georgia,
and during your stay in this city you’ll discover many more great plac-
es like this, even if you are Georgian and it’s not your first visit to this
Black sea pearl. Smile!
And look for Batuman (see the last page).
Journos, delegates, officials
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I have an honor to wel-
come you to the 2nd Batumi
International forum of EYP
Georgia which takes place in Batumi – Georgia’s premier beach resort, located at the Black
sea. Here are few important things you have to know about the city which easily makes visi-
tors fall in love with it, as it possess a real certain unique charm and exceptional beauty.
Let’s start from the history of the city. Places that you shouldn’t miss while
The history of Batumi is very closely connected you are in Batumi
not only with the history of Adjara, but with
the history of whole Caucasus. The part of the
city called “Old Batumi” is nearly 150 years History lovers are welcome to visit mu-
old. The rich trading city of Batus was first seums or historical monuments. There re-
mentioned in ancient manuscripts in the 1-st c. ally are a lot of things to see; for instance,
B.C. by Plinius. The past and the present of the Batumi Theatre, the State Museum of
the city are illustrated in the State museum by Adjara, the museum of Fine Arts etc.
various exhibits. The architecture of Batumi is Sightseeing tour of Batumi includes
particularly refined and is constructed at the visits to the Botanical Garden, which pro-
height of art duces a huge impression on the visitors.
Nouveau. You can visit it any time of the year, as
either one or another of the nine depart-
ments (among them special species from
The city is East Asia, North America, New Zealand,
noted for its Mexico and other regions are exhibited) is
subtropical always ready to accept guests. Something
coastline cli- is always flowering here. This place is
mate framed unique in all the southern Caucasus for the
with rich plants that grow side by side at different
green moun- seasons.
tains and leg-
endary night- Among the many attractions within the
life. The city the most memorable ones are Gonio-
health giving Apsaros (a Byzantine castle Ten miles
qualities of south of town with a crenelated wall which
this combina- now guards a courtyard of citrus trees)
tion of sea and mountains air is renowned. and the detritus of stone Roman water-
The open waters of the Black Sea connect Ba- works (scattered under a magnolia tree).
tumi with European ports – as does its new
SEE PAGE 4
FROM PAGE 3
WHERE TO EAT
You can get rolled up pancakes,
aromatic Adjaran coffee with whipped
cream and Georgian wine that natives
claim rivals Western European vintages
at Privet iz Batuma, or Hi From Batumi
(Memed Abashidze 39). This old town
cafe frequented by students features
Among the many attractions within the city photos of the port in its Russian Empire
the most memorable ones are Gonio-Apsaros (a Byz- heyday.
antine castle Ten miles south of town with a crenel-
ated wall which now guards a courtyard of citrus
trees) and the detritus of stone Roman waterworks
(scattered under a magnolia tree). Also there is un-
beatable Water dance and Music show at night, Nuri-
geli Lake and some great religious structures like
Catholic & Armenian churches and Old Mosque. Even
closer from the city centre you can visit the Dolphin-
arium and Aquapark fascinating collection of ocean
But if you aren’t attracted by sights, entertainments
and amusements are more than enough for you too.
The nearly beaches are well resourced with hotels
and restaurants. In the centre of the city there is the
"Tbilisi” cinema. Here people arrive not only to watch
films, but to play a game of billiards as well, and
even from the adjoining.
WHAT TO SEE
The night Batumi is particularly beautiful.
Nobel Technological Museum
When watching dancing French fountains on TV, you (Leselidze 3), the former house of
are really impressed, but what you feel standing in a Ludvig Nobel (brother of Alfred, creator
few meters from the real fountain, is far more than of the Nobel Prize). Exhibits explain how
being just impressed! The repertoire is so diverse, Nobel, who built the refinery Stalin de-
that it can satisfy anybody’s taste. fied, helped turn Batumi into a major
commercial center. If you don’t speak
Let’s enjoy both the old and new faces of this
Georgian, the museum is hard to locate
beautiful town, get to know it better, have a lot of without the aid of an excellent map and
fun and help yourself to view that will let you taste informed driver.
its atmosphere at first hand.
IT ALL STARTED WITH SHAMTUMI
One year passed since first international forum in Georgia, gathering teens of 13 different
nationalities in Batumi. The forum led under the presidency of Shamal Ratnayaka was a
huge success and the most important event in the History of EYP Georgia.
What has changed since then? A lot! EYP spirit has been spread from the east Georgia
to the west, involving cities - Gori, Mtskheta-Tserovani, Kutaisi, Zugdidi. Second Batumi In-
ternational Forum has honor to welcome youth from the whole Georgia.
IV National selection conference was huge event in Tbilisi. Occupying the Parliament of
Georgia delegates felt the real sense of being member of European Parliament. Delegates
were welcomed by warm words of David Bakradze, the Chairman of the Georgian Parlia-
Feminists from all around the world were pleased to hear that female - Teo
Lavrelashvili became a new president of EYP-Georgia.
Placing herself at the head of the Batumi International Forum and leading it with huge
motivation, Ms. (<-still) Lavrelashvili made it possible the Forum to be held under the official
patronage of Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and to be led by quite experienced
EYPer Magda Świder.
I wish United Youth for Peace successful work with their intelligent chairs and a lot of
sunny days in Batumi. As it is said about this city:
“This summer was somehow spe-
cial, the reason is my second half,
part of myself, who supports me in
everything and he himself is my
success and vice versa“
I feel honoured… I feel honoured to introduce you the President of European Youth
Parliament – Georgia, Ms. (still!) Teona Lavrelashvili. It’s remarkable (as every-
thing about her) that at the same time she is the Head-Organizer of the 2nd Inter-
national Forum of Batumi. Our president was inaugurated only 3 months ago, but
during this time she has managed to initiate two regional sessions, International
day of Youth for the first time not only in EYP but in Georgian Youth history, and, of
course, the International Forum in Batumi - as you can see. Truly great job! Yet, as
she declares it is only the beginning. I’m very lucky too as I had a chance to inter-
view Teo and to touch even her very intimate issues. So, trust me and read the arti-
- As we know negotiations about the 2nd International Forum of Batumi had a place during the 7th
International Conference - Georgia’s European Way which was held at July 15-17, 2010. Among
Ministers, Parliament’s Chairman Deputies, the representatives of the Council of the European Un-
ion and other International organizations attending the conference, how could you, Ms. Teona La-
vrelashvili, make these very fruitful negotiations with Georgian President?
- At the very beginning, it should be mentioned, that attending the 7th Governmental International
conference was already the very important success, as EYP Georgia was the only youth organiza-
tion attending the conference, hence I was the youngest participant, but exactly my participation
at the conference made Batumi International Forum and August 12th happened.
SEE PAGE 7
FROM PAGE 6 Namely I took the responsibility not only of
EXCLUSIVE one organisation, or of a certain group of
people, but as one of EU parliamentarians,
head of committee on AFET told me, I took
Well, during the official dinners, I had ne- the responsibility of the Georgian youth,
gotiations with members of European Parlia- hence of the country. That is why after my
ment, special representative Peter Semneby, am- presidential election I did not even have a
bassador Per Eklund, ministers - Baramidze, rest: we made Dusheti session, International
Yakobashvili; deputy minister Bokeria, who rec- day of Youth followed (that was the greatest
ommended me to the President and discussed success on the national level). It was obvi-
Batumi Forum with him. Frankly speaking, the ously shown that EYP is prominent and
most successful negotiations I made it during dominant leader in Georgian Youth. Then we
conference after-party in the restaurant. Geor- managed Batumi International Forum - you
gian folk music and nice atmosphere truly assist- might have seen the order of President,
ed me in the negotiations. where he transfers 20 000 GEL to EYP Geor-
Also, it must be mentioned, that during the gia.
closing ceremony of the conference, Mr. Saa- - How can you turn this hard work into the
kashvili made the speech, which was quite criti- pleasant business and which stimulus
cal toward the EU, especially towards Tagliavini helps you to get such effort?
commission. After that, Mr. Giorgi Baramidze
(state minister for Eurointegration) asked the
170 participants - ministers and diplomats, if - All people know, that I can manage im-
somebody wanted to use the extraordinary portant deals anyway, but this summer was
chance and ask President some question. Sur- somehow special, the reason is my second
prisingly, noone raised the hand, but the reason half - NIK, part of myself, who supports me
was almost clear, no one expected the critical in everything and he himself is my success
approach of the President towards the EU. At and vice versa.
that moment I realised that it was time of EYP - And in the end I want to check up the fa-
and only I asked a question about the role of the mous gossip from Dusheti Summer Ses-
young people in the Georgia’s EU integration sion: Is it the truth that you are signing
process. I mentioned EYP, how important deal into Skype with the password – MyMajes-
we are making in front of such an important au- ty?
ditory and after that, everyone was getting to
me, holding out my hand, congratulating my - Yeah, I remember this gossip, as always
courage and promising every kind of help to- there are a number of gossips around me ;)
wards my career. In my career EYP is crucial and Of course no, my Skype ID is not MyMajesty,
Batumi is only the beginning. it was just popular joke, as my friends call
me DIADO TEO, in English it may sounds
- For me, who knows you, it’s not surprising MyMajesty, that is all;)
you always perform a lot of responsibilities
and duties. In this case also you took the re-
sponsibility for being the Head-Organizer of
the session. Please, tell us what kind of diffi-
culties you had in this hot summer making the
presidential and session’s organizational af-
fairs at the same time?
- Busy life became very habitual for me, however
I realised that this summer was very different, as
I made a step on another level
ONLY IN BATUMAN!
Magda Świder is from Poland . She
studies Psychology at Warsaw Universi-
ty. But another interesting fact is that
she is studying Latin, German, French,
Spanish, Italian and English. Next
month she will begin study Russian.
Hence it follows from that - she is a fu-
ture Polyglot. Isn’t she? Now listen to
her amazing love story:
ated by him from the
“One day we met in Rzeszo w, my hometown. I was fascin
very beginning. t-
seemed to be very sophistica
Only that at first I wa s a bit shy and insecure. He y date
I can be anyone I want. Ever
ed. But then it tu rned out he makes feel like g fun together... I met
we re partying together, havin
with him was amazing. We lems seemed to disap-
truly amazing people than ks to him. My everyday prob
travelling around Europe to-
pear whenever I was ar ound him. Soon we started r ex-
e, affectionate... I have neve
gether. Our love wa s and still is very passionat
that makes me feel this way.
perienced that in my life. He's the only person nnot see each other, I
pr oaching and I tell him we ca
Whenever my exams are ap the road together again.
miss him so much that as soon as it's possible we hit
e of our love. But it was
Couple of times I could have failed my exams becaus
re of me. He's my true love.”
worth it. He broade ns my horizons, he takes ca
She has never been in Georgia. Her favorite season is autumn. Magda loves musi-
cals, RENT is her favorite. Her first EYP Session was in Poland in September 2006. It
was National Selection Conference of EYP Poland.
ONLY IN BATUMAN
FROM PAGE 8
2006. September. Her first session. Shy and scared. No idea what
EYP was. Just one reflection - “it’s such a crazy to see so many
new people at one place, all speaking English, playing weird
games and being very spontaneous” and disappointment… She
thought EYP was supposed to be very serious, but turned out it
wasn’t. She thought it was all about politics, but it wasn’t. And
so, once she got used to that… she started falling in love with
EYP. Met really cool people, improved English, had so much fun
during the session, experienced lots and lots of positive ener-
gy, support from her fellow delegates and especially from her
chair… (Even now she’s like an archetype to her)
Then … when she had returned to
home, she felt really terrible. Boring
school… people who were mean and
picky… all of this added to memories
from the session and PED was ready.
She had to heal it for a longer while….
Magda Świder is the President of the
Batumi 2nd International Forum. Ex-
pectation…Don’t you think that it’s
very important? I think that it is. So
n to be one of
-O bviously I want this sessio
s ever been to. I
th e best sessions anyone ha
ars’ Forum. Eve-
hope we’ll beat the last ye
usly amazing and
ryone says it was outrageo
ill try to make it
extraordinary. This year w
I hope I will
even better. And of course
make friends with many, m
in the Black
Ohh …and I expect to get a bath
We will beat last years’ forum
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urday and win a very special prize.
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A very special team of Sandro Jupalakiani (editor), Tinatin Akhvlediani, Manvel Qeshishyan, Erekle Chanchi-
badze, Nona Gagniashvili, Qristine Margvelashvili and Mariam Chubabria (journalists) contributed to this
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