Position of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration was created within the Government of Georgia on 17 December, 2004 according to the Presidential Decree # 597. Mr. Giorgi Baramidze was appointed as a State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Vice Prime Minister on the basis of the Decree.
The Office of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration was created on December 31, 2004 according to the Decree #133 of the Government of Georgia. The objective of establishing the Office of the State Minister aims at deepening Georgia's cooperation with EU and NATO and facilitating the political, legal, military, economic and cultural integration.
To achieve the set goals, the Office of the State Minister was tasked to:
- elaborate and monitor strategic and action plans in cooperation with the line ministries/state agencies. Establishing regular and direct contacts with the European communities and NATO has been defined as one of the key tasks of the Office;
- activate cooperation with EU and NATO member and candidate states to deepen European and Euro-Atlantic integration;
- elaborate recommendations and proposals on the drafts of international legal agreements;
- perform the functions of the National Coordination Bureau in the process of planning, implementing and monitoring the EU assistance programmes in Georgia.
In order to effectively implement its goals, three departments were established within the Office of the State Minister: European Integration Coordination Department, Euro-Atlantic Integration Coordination Department and EU Programs Coordination Department. In addition, in 2005 "State Commission of Georgia on NATO Integration" and "State Commission of Georgia on EU Integration" were created as per the Governmental Decree.
On August 24, 2012 Mr. Thornike Gordadze was appointed as a State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Since the parliamentary elections of October 1, 2012, Mr. Alex Petriashvili holds the position of the State Minister. On November 15, 2014 Mr. David Bakradze was appointed as a State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Since the parliamentary elections of October 8, 2016, Mr. Victor Dolidze holds the position of the State Minister.
With the aim to achieve defined goals, the Office of the State Minister takes advantage of the Governmental Commissions on Georgia's EU and NATO Integration, chaired by the Prime Minister. The Office of the State Minister performs the functions of the Secretary to the Commissions.
In order to deepen the integration process, the Office of the State Minister cooperates with the line structures of both NATO and EU Member States as well as with partner countries to attain the support on important issues during the integration process.
The Office of the State Minister actively cooperates with diplomatic corps and missions accredited to Georgia.
Within the scope of its competence, the Office of the State Minister participates in the elaboration process of strategic action plans of different state agencies.
For the purpose of informing public on Georgia's NATO integration and future plans, a Legal Entity of Public Law "Information Center on NATO" was created in 2005 under the state control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2007 the state control of the Center was transferred to the Ministry of Defense of Georgia. Since 2010, the Office of the State Minister has been implementing the state control over the Information Center. Since 2013, on the basis of the State Minister's recommendation, the governmental decree expanded the functions of the Center to incorporate the EU issues and has been since established as "Information Center on NATO and EU ". The Information Center, in coordination with the Office of the State Minister, implements various social projects in order to actively engage and inform civil society on the main foreign policy priorities of Georgia – about achievements and prospects on the path of EU and NATO membership.