Danish Neigbourhood Programme 2017-21 prioritises Georgia

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:51
Georgia and Ukraine have been selected as "priority countries” to receive Danish support for the next four years.

The Danish Foreign Ministry presented the Danish Neigbourhood Programme 2017-21 in Copenhagen on 12 June. The meeting was attended by Georgia’s Ambassador to Denmark Gigi Gigiadze.

The DANEP programme will focus on two directions in the priority countries: 1) Democracy and human rights 2) Sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

The meeting was opened by Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen. Speaking about Georgia he stressed the recent "exemplary reforms” in the country.


Danish Neigbourhood Programme 2017-21 will be approved in autumn of 2017.

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