EU4Business in Georgia: Training opportunity for business consultants
Business consultants in Georgia have until 24 September to apply for a four-day EU4Business training course on ‘Change Management for Consultants’.
The course will take place in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi over two modules, on 27–28 September and 8–9 November. It will provide consultants with the tools, methodologies and processes to deliver high-quality projects on time, within budget and with minimal risk.
The course is aimed at experienced consultants with at least five years’ experience in the field of management consulting (in areas such as IT, implementation of production systems, strategic management, human resources, etc.).
Participants will learn change management skills to meet the demands of complex clients with large-scale projects.
More information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here. (http://eu4business.eu/events/change-management-training-business-consultants-tbilisi)
This training course is part of the ‘Advice for small businesses’ programme implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and supported by the EU under the EU4Business initiative.
EU in Georgia: New Head of EU Delegation appointed
Earlier in September, Carl Hartzell was appointed as Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.
As the EU's top diplomat in the country, Ambassador Hartzell oversees the bilateral relationship between the EU and Georgia, and the work of the Delegation including political and economic affairs, as well as cooperation.
He represents the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and works under the direct authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in implementing the EU’s foreign policy.
OSCE Secretary General visited the EU Monitoring Mission
On 13 September, the OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greminger, joined the EUMM for a briefing near Odzisi at the Administrative Boundary Line.
The Secretary General was welcomed by the Head of the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM), Erik Høeg, who gave an overview of the present activities of the Mission and challenges to stability. Mr. Høeg, in this context, also highlighted the important role of the OSCE and EUMM as co-facilitators of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meetings in Ergneti. The OSCE Secretary General was briefed on specific dynamics by monitors from the EUMM Field Office in Mtskheta.
Secretary General Greminger thanked the Mission for the chance to see developments at first hand and expressed his appreciation for the role that the EUMM plays in monitoring and responding to events. He also welcomed the excellent cooperation between the EUMM and relevant OSCE units.
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.
High level meeting between EU climate and energy projects to take place in Ukraine
Participants of two EU initiatives – the Covenant of Mayors East and Mayors for Economic Growth – will meet for a high-level conference on 20–23 November in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
More than 300 participants are expected from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. They will exchange experiences, best practices and lessons learnt in relation to the implementation of energy efficiency measures and harnessing of economic development of their communities.
Representatives of local public administrations, government officials, community activists and EU representatives will participate in the event. They will also discuss decentralisation initiatives, sustainable use of energy and resources, and climate change mitigation initiatives, as well as ways of straightening cooperation between beneficiaries of EU-funded initiatives in the Eastern Partner countries.
Covenant of Mayors East is part of the EU4Energy Initiative. EU4Energy covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the long term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
Prime Minister’s Meeting with European Commissioner Johannes Hahn
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with Commissioner Johannes Hahn for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, who is visiting Tbilisi to attend the opening of the European School for the Eastern Partnership.
The meeting emphasized the importance of opening the European school in Georgia, the first of its kind in the Eastern Neighborhood. The school will enable students from six countries to receive high-level undergraduate education and to obtain international bachelor's degree diplomas in European studies. According to the Prime Minister, education is one of the top priorities of the Georgian Government. Bakhtadze thanked the EU for the implementation of said project.
The parties underlined the new, top-level format of dialogue with the EU, with its first meeting to be held in November under the chairmanship of the President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of Georgia in Brussels.
The conversation paid special attention to Georgia's progress in democratic development and European integration. The Prime Minister spoke about the Government's initiative to develop a roadmap designed to ensure greater alignment with the EU using all available mechanisms of cooperation.
The parties commended the steps taken and planned by the Georgian Government toward economic development. As it was emphasized, the Georgian Government attaches great importance to the allocation of 45 million euro by the EU seeking to foster the implementation of economic reforms.
The parties also discussed the complex agenda of Georgia-EU Association, the successful implementation of the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement, also the further intensification of cooperation in bilateral, regional, and multilateral formats.
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