Georgia: Local Development Strategy adopted in Keda with EU support
The Georgian municipality of Keda has recently adopted a Local Development Strategy that it drafted with the support of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).
The key areas covered by the strategy include diversification of economic activity in rural areas, development of smart agricultural value chains, environmental protection, natural resources management and disaster risk reduction, education, culture, sport and support for youth activities.
Prior to officially adopting the strategy, the draft was presented to the government of Keda municipality and the local communities.
The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD programme. Aiming to reduce rural poverty, ENPARD has been implemented since 2013, with a total budget of €179.5 million. The first phase of ENPARD focused on developing national agriculture potential, while the second and third phases focus on creating economic opportunities for the rural population that go beyond agricultural activities.
Council of Europe should retain ‘primacy’ when assessing EU states’ basic values
PACE has suggested the Council of Europe should retain “primacy” when it comes to assessing EU member states’ compliance with common fundamental values – while stepping up its “political co-ordination” with the EU.
As the EU considers setting up a new democracy-monitoring mechanism for its member States, the Assembly said it should be invited to take account of Council of Europe reports, opinions and recommendations when reaching its conclusions to ensure “consistency of views”.
Approving a resolution and recommendation to governments based on a report by Petra De Sutter (Belgium, SOC), the Assembly said any new EU mechanism should continue to use Council of Europe standards as a “benchmark” for human rights and the rule of law on the continent.
“Both organisations have a shared responsibility for upholding the effectiveness of their respective legal frameworks, ensuring that any overlapping of competences does not create conflict, and ensuring that this set of shared core values and principles is interpreted in a coherent way.”
The Assembly also called on the Council of Europe’s ministerial body to regularly assess the EU’s various initiatives, hold more direct dialogue with the relevant EU institutions, and set up a body for regular co-ordination between the two organisations.
For its part, the Assembly should invite the EU to co-operate on establishing an “annual parliamentary debate on the rule of law”.
Strengthening the role of parliaments and local authorities in the implementation of SDGs
PACE today called on national parliaments and local authorities to become actively involved in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). The mobilisation of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, local and regional authorities, citizens and civil society – in particular young people – is a decisive factor in the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 objectives, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the Assembly said.
The resolution adopted on the basis of the report by Jennifer de Temmerman (France, NR) makes a set of recommendations to parliaments as holders of legislative power and body that scrutinises governments’ action, in order to strengthen their role in the implementation of SDGs. PACE also called on member States to involve parliamentarians and local and regional authority representatives in the SDG implementation steering bodies, and in the High-Level Political Forum.
Georgia: EU officials visit Tetritskaro municipality to evaluate results of support
On 3 April 2019, an EU mission from Brussels led by John Clarke, Director of International Affairs at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture, visited an EU-supported rural development project in the Tetritskaro municipality of Georgia.
Clarke met with the members of Tetritskaro Local Action Group (LAG) and the project implementing partner organisation, the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia.
Afterwards, he visited an EU-funded cheese factory in the village of Tsintskaro. The director of the factory explained the specifics of dairy processing and shared her plans for the business’s development with the EU’s support under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). The guests had an opportunity to observe the cheese-making process and taste different varieties of cheese made at the factory.
The EU supports rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of €179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty.
EU-funded projects present their achievements to Georgian media to mark 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership
On 27 March, EU-funded regional projects organised an informal gathering with leading media outlets in Georgia. The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the tangible results and opportunities that the EU delivers to the citizens of Georgia through its regional programmes and to strengthen cooperation with journalists.
The event was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership and Georgia was the first country to host such a media event.
At the event, the EU Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) Black Sea Programme presented the newly introduced, innovative waste management practices in the Georgian city of Kutaisi. This environmental programme brings together the efforts of Georgian, Moldovan and Armenian local authorities, NGOs, scientists and activists, with the aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste in rivers.
The Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation project (EaP TC) presented its initiatives on cultural and economic cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan and Georgia and Armenia.
In addition, the EU-funded programme Mayors for Economic Growth showcased the best practices of two Georgian municipalities, Gori and Bolnisi, on how to use EU funds to support agribusiness and tourism development in the regions.
The EU framework programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, also presented its activities in Georgia, including the CURE project, aimed at finding solutions for asthmatic diseases. Beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ programme, which offers opportunities to Georgian youth to study in the EU, shared their experiences.
The event was attended by several ‘Young European Ambassadors’ (YEAs) from Georgia. They presented the initiative and explained how YEAs foster cooperation and sustainable links between young people in Georgia and youth organisations from the EU and its Eastern partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
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Signing ceremony was held between Anaklia Development Consortium and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries
On March 21 at 14:00, signing ceremony was held between Anaklia Development Consortium and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. Levan Akhvlediani, General Director of Anaklia Development Consortium and Jung Hao Yo, Vice President of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, signed the Memorandum of Cooperation.
The largest Korean company, Anaklia Development Consortium, has identified the modern tailor's service as an international tender and will install giant cranes for the Anaklia deep-powered port, the shipbuilding company HSHI in the world's top five.
The tender was held for several months and it was coordinated by the Consortium partner companies - Container Terminal Operator SSA Marine and detailed project author BergerABAM. At the final stage of the tender, 4 leading international companies participated, including Finland, Korea, and China.
HSHI is the fourth largest shipbuilding company in the world, producing around 40 ships a year. Its products include ships, tankers, container vessels, dry bulk cargo and other types of ships, as well as other techniques related to the harbinger, including modern cranes built by the latest technologies. The annual turnover of the company is $ 400 billion.
One crane installed at Anaklia Port Container Terminal will be 37 times heavier than the "Boing 737". The port of the port should consist of 16 units of porting crane. It is planned to install modern technologies, so-called STS-shore cranes, which are the first time in Georgian ports. STS type cranes operate in such powerful ports as Singapore, Shanghai, Rotterdam and other leading ports of the world.
"Hyundai Samho Heavy Industry is the world's leading company. It will carry out an unprecedented and massive work in the port and install giant cranes for the latest technology. His partnership is important for us as well as a great shipbuilding company that arrives in the country and its products contain great container vessels, tanks and different types of ships. We plan to cooperate in this direction in future, "said Levan Akhvlediani, Director General of" Anaklia Development Consortium ".
Construction of the Anaklia Deepwater Port in December 2017, and large-scale marine operations began on September 16, 2018. At the first stage of the works, the largest depth of the ship "Athena" took 5 million cubic meters of sand from the bottom of the sea. Overall, in the first phase construction process, the investment value of which is $ 600 million, together with foreign specialists, local population, and construction and engineering companies are involved. The opening of the first phase of the port and the ships are planned from the end of 2020.