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Teona Lavrelashvili
Policy Analyst
Teona Lavrelashvili is a Policy Analyst in the European Politics and Institutions programme.

Before joining the EPC, she managed the European Party Monitor project at KU Leuven, analysing electoral trends and party developments in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, she worked as a policy officer at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), contributing to the EU's enlargement strategy towards the Balkans and working on strategic communication initiatives.

Teona also served as a policy adviser to the European Seniors' Union, focusing on enhancing the political participation of senior citizens. She was affiliated with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and served as a Schuman Fellow at the European Parliament.

Teona is also engaged in various societal activities and currently leads the College of Europe’s Alumni Association and the European Alliance for Georgia. She has initiated and managed multiple projects, including "How Does the EU Work", which has educated more than 300 emerging leaders and civil society participants in Brussels. Since 2019, she has been a guest lecturer specialising in EU institutions, neighborhood policies and European-level political parties.

In 2022, Teona earned her Doctoral Degree in Social Sciences from KU Leuven with a dissertation on the role of European political parties in the EU enlargement process.


European Politics and Institutions


EPC Elections Monitor, REGROUP, Task Force on EU Enlargement

Areas of expertise

EU institutions and governance, enlargement, Western Balkans, EU Associated Trio, European political parties and foundations, party politics and elections

Current positions

Policy Analyst


PhD Degree in Social Sciences, KU Leuven
M.A. in EU Politics and Administration, College of Europe
M.A. in Public Administration, Tbilisi State University 
B.A. in International relations, Tbilisi State University


Georgian, English, French, Russian, Spanish



Strategic foresight / OUTLOOK PAPER
Europe in the world in 2024: From voting to geopolitics
By Amanda Paul , Jamie Shea , Ivano di Carlo , Shada Islam , Helena Hahn , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Andrea García Rodríguez , Elizabeth Kuiper , Svitlana Taran , Iana Maisuradze , Berta López Domènech , Giulia Torchio , Teona Lavrelashvili , Raúl Villegas - 21/02/2024
EU enlargement / COMMENTARY
From rhetoric to action on enlargement: A three-pronged way forward
By Corina Stratulat , Teona Lavrelashvili - 11/09/2023
Donald Tusk is back: Finally a new era in Polish-EU relations?
By Teona Lavrelashvili , Tomasz Bielecki - 19/10/0023
What can we expect from Fico's government in the EU...another Orban?
By Teona Lavrelashvili , Radovan Geist - 05/10/0023


EU enlargement / QUOTE
Is there a realistic possibility of Ukraine overtaking the Western Balkans on the EU path?
Teona Lavrelashvili was quoted by European Western Balkans in an article on Ukrainian and Western Balkan EU accession.

Read it here.

Is there a realistic possibility of Ukraine overtaking the Western Balkans on the EU path?
27 February 2024 - ,
European Western Balkans
European elections / INTERVIEW
Interview with BNT
Teona Lavrelashvili was asked by BNT, Bulgaria's National Television, to comment on the rise of the far right ahead of the European elections. 

Watch the report here. (In Bulgarian)

Interview with BNT
28 January 2024 - ,
European elections / INTERVIEW
Helping Ukraine in its war with Russia
Teona Lavrelashvili was interviewed by the Czech Television on the implications of the European elections for the future of Europe and enlargement. 

Watch the report here. (In Czech and English)

Helping Ukraine in its war with Russia
21 January 2024 - ,
Czech Television

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