Czech Government Scholarship Awarded to 30 Georgian Students
On June 18, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi will host a networking event of the Czech Government Scholarship 2021/2022 Recipients. The event will take place at the Czech Embassy in Tbilisi (Chavchavadze Ave. 37, Block IV), 12:00-13:00.
Georgia is among six eligible partner countries whose students are offered the opportunity to study at established institutes of public universities in the Czech Republic, which provide a high level of professional knowledge and skills, and at the same time allow beneficiaries to gain experience with institutional and socio-economic background of the Czech Republic.
Czech Government Scholarship program covers three types of study:
- Master study programmes plus a one-year-long preparatory course of the Czech language (which is combined with other field-specific training).
- Master study programmes in English language.
- Doctoral study programmes.
The scholarship covers the necessary costs related to staying and studying in the Czech Republic.
From the late 1950s to the present day over 20 000 foreign nationals have completed their studies at Czech universities with a scholarship of the Government of the Czech Republic.
30 students (13 women, 17 men) from Georgia have obtained scholarship for the academic year 2021/2022. Nine of the 30 will continue their Master education in Czech Language, three students will continue their doctorate studies in English and others will take English language master programs on various fields of studies, such as ICT, economic data analysis, finance, engineering, environmental studies and rural development. The quota for students in Georgia has exceeded 20 compared to initial 7 students that were awarded in the first year of the scholarship.
Press Release of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi
Team Europe: EU, France and the Czech Republic launch Project on Social Protection in Georgia
The European Union, France and the Czech Republic join forces to strengthen social protection system in Georgia. Signature event allowed the signing parties to start the project and show their common engagement in improving access to social protection and the extension of social rights and coverage of the Georgian population.
Tbilisi, 10 November 2021 – Today, a signature event took place at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia to mark the beginning of the EU-project, implemented by Expertise France (Agence Française de Développement Group − AFD Group) and the Czech Development Agency (CzDA), with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia (MoIDPHLSP).
Their Excellencies, Mr. Petr Mikyska, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia and Mr. Diego Colas, Ambassador of France to Georgia, and Mr. Catalin Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation attended the signature event. Ms. Tamila Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia presented her ministry’s perspective, followed by with a short presentation of the project.
“Social protection goes back to the core values of the European Union. In a democracy, it is all of our responsibility to take care of the most vulnerable members of society to make sure that everyone can be part of social life and the democratic process. This is especially relevant in times of COVID-19, where many people need additional support and protection. We are, therefore, proud to launch this new project together with our Team Europe partners and look forward to many positive steps over the coming years”, stated Mr. Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.
Mr. Colas, Ambassador of France to Georgia, stated that “there is a global alliance between the French and Czech Development Agencies and I am very happy that this finds an application here in Georgia. We strongly support the choice of the Georgian people and of successive governments to build a strong, dynamic, European democracy in Georgia and it makes sense to do this with another dynamic successful Eastern European democracy such as the Czech Republic. The implementation of this joint project, to strengthen the delivery of social services and work towards the social code, will be a key aspect of this broader democracy and institution building agenda”,.
“Development of the Social Code is a key reform that will direct Georgia towards establishment of effective social welfare management system, including decentralization of provision of social protection. Czech Development Agency is happy to join the forces with Expertise France and move a long-term successful partnership with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia to a new level.”, said Mr. Mikyska, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia.
“By elaborating the Social Code, we aim at creating broader perspective of social welfare. Our goal is to guarantee that Georgian citizens are protected from social risks from childhood to old age. Therefore, relevant healthcare and social protection systems and mechanisms need to be developed. This will be a big step forward towards European and international Standards“, stated Ms. Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs.
About the project
The project Strengthening Social Protection in Georgia aims at supporting the Government of Georgia and state organizations in improving social services, evidence-based policy making and extending social protection rights. The project will last 24 months with implementing partners Expertise France and Czech Development Agency.
The project will focus on three components. The first component will improve access and delivery of social services and remittances from Social Service Agency (SSA) and at local level. The second component of the project will support better analysis of information and the creation of communication materials around social rights and promotion of social work. The third component will support the Ministry in the elaboration of the social code in extending social rights in Georgia through a collaborative and inclusive process, following evidence-based policy and legislation proposals.
The project is now officially launched and is in its inception phase. The first action of the project will be to identify key policies and strategies for improving delivery and access to social protection services in Georgia.
Communities residing in Pshavi, Piraketa Khevsureti, and Gudamakari have been facing difficult living conditions and low rate of socio-economic development over the decadesCommunities residing in Pshavi, Piraketa Khevsureti, and Gudamakari have been facing difficult living conditions and low rate of socio-economic development over the decades. To support the region in reaching its full development potential, the Czech Development Agency and the Austrian Development Agency signed an agreement on Delegated Cooperation.The agreement aims at providing support to sustainable development in Georgia through the Sustainable Development of the Area of Aragvi Protected Landscape and the Local Communities Programme. Two parties will co-fund the project with 2 million EURO in total and the Czech Development Agency will be the responsible party over its implementation for the next two years.
“Democracy in Georgia is at stake and all actors including Government must act with full responsibility”- Czech Ambassador to Georgia
“Democracy in Georgia is at stake and all actors including Government must act with full responsibility,” said Czech Ambassador to Georgia Petr Mikyska as he publicly condemned the violent events that took place in Tbilisi yesterday.
“Shocked by scenes of violence, attacks on journalists and NGOs offices in Tbilisi. Perpetrators must be brought to justice immediately, Constitutional rights and freedoms restored. Democracy in Georgia is at stake and all actors including Government must act with full responsibility,” the Ambassador tweeted in the aftermath of yesterday's events, that saw tens of people, many among them journalists, physically assaulted by a violent mob protesting against the Tbilisi Pride march.
Czech Experts’ Visit in Georgia – Green Cities and Urban Planning
How does Czech Republic maintain sufficient green areas in the process of growing urbanization? Urban greenery is an integral part of general urban planning there. Czech experts will share the best practice of green urban planning in Czech Republic with Georgian colleagues.
On June 16, 2021, 13:00-15:00, the Embassy of Czech Republic in Georgia is organizing a presentation and a roundtable discussion Green Cities and Urban Planning: Czech Georgian Intersecting Issues, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee of the Parliament of Georgia. The event will be held in the Parliament of Georgia (8 Rustaveli Ave.)
Ms. Maia Bitadze, Chairperson of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee, Parliament of Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikyska, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Georgia and Mr. Giga Gigashvili, Head of Environmental Protection Unit of Tbilisi City Hall will take part in the discussion. Visiting experts will present Czech normative framework and implementation practices regarding urban planning of Cities Green. Roundtable participants will have a chance to discuss Czech and Georgian current regulatory framework and practice of urban planning and identify intersecting issues for possible future partnerships. Meeting will be conducted in English and Georgian translation will be provided upon necessity.
Press-release Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia
Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia handed over a 14-cubic-meter garbage truck of modern standard worth 100,000 Euros to the municipality of Dusheti
Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG) with the financial support of Slovak Government handed over a 14-cubic-meter garbage truck of modern standard worth 100,000 Euros, and fourteen 1110-liter metal garbage bins to the municipality of Dusheti.
According to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia, in addition to Dusheti Municipality, within the ENPARD project implemented by Caritas Czech Republic in Khulo, 4WD seven-cubic meter waste collection truck has handed over to Khulo Municipality. Again, with the financial support of Slovak Government, one hundred and thirty-five 240-liter waste containers for separated waste and sixty 1110-liter metal waste containers as part of a project “Supporting Green Actions in Oni Municipality through the development of Waste Management Infrastructure”, supported by the Slovak government were handed over to Oni Municipality.
The Oni Municipality will soon also be served by a 4WD seven-cubic meter waste collection truck for the transportation of separated waste In addition, based on Slovakia’s experience, a solid waste separation and recycling model was developed for Oni Municipality together with an action plan. The attention was also given on actions focused on introducing biodegradable waste management practices. Several campaigns have been conducted to raise public awareness on separate waste collection.