European Commissions Directorate-General advisor for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) Michael Ralph visited Kutaisi. European Commissioner is interested in local and regional development planning, infrastructure and urban / municipal development, as well as promotion of small and medium business on the regional level and innovation process issues. The meeting was attended by the Kutaisi Mayor Shota Murghulia, Imereti regional governor Givi Chichinadze, regional administration and self-government representatives. Shota Murgulia talked about urban development; Self-reform, and those innovations that exist in the municipal services sector. Also, they discussed future plans. Governor of Imereti Givi Chichinadze talked about the Regional development strategy and action plan. Michael Ralph is a key partner and the partnership is largely dependent on the support towards regional development in the future to deepen the cooperation between the two sides, including a significant increase in the volume of EU financial assistance.