Friday, 13 June: The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, is in Tbilisi on a visit aimed at expressing European support for Georgia ahead of it signing an Association Agreement with the EU on June 27.
President Barroso dismissed speculation that Russia may put pressure on Georgia ahead of the signing. "We have to be firm in the respect of sovereign right of any country to decide its own future", he said, adding that "Georgia has made a choice and we are here to support the choice of Georgia."
Municipal elections in Georgia see Georgian Dream consolidating power in most urban centres. Kakha Kaladze won the elction for Mayor of Tbilisi with a convincing margin according to exit polls.