Prime Minister’s Meeting with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia

Published in Politics
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:14

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar.

The parties discussed the dire human rights, security, and humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied territories. Toivo Klaar's upcoming visits to the occupied regions were also discussed.

The meeting reiterated Georgia's commitment to peaceful conflict-resolution policy. Special emphasis was placed on the important role the EU plays in peaceful conflict-resolution as the Co-Chair of the Geneva International Discussions, especially in terms of ensuring the implementation of the August 12, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.

The EU Monitoring Mission's role in peace-building and the importance of international missions' unrestricted access to the occupied territories were also singled out.

The discussion also underlined the importance of the effective use and empowerment of incident prevention and response mechanisms and various meeting and negotiations formats.

The conversation also revolved around the Georgian Government's peace initiative A Step to a Better Future designed to restore trust between the communities divided by the occupation lines and to ensure peaceful conflict-resolution.

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EU-supported training helps ensure safe navigation in Black and Caspian Sea regions

Published in Economics
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:08

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine recently joined their counterparts from other countries for a training seminar organised by the EU-funded “Maritime safety, security and marine environmental protection in the Black and Caspian Sea Regions” (BCSEA) project.

The participants received specialised training at the first level of responsibility of VTS staff, in accordance with the guidelines set out in the relevant international regulations.

VTS aim to contribute to safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation and protection of the marine environment, and play an important role in the prevention of accidents and pollution in areas which are congested or hazardous for shipping.

The seminar was delivered under the BCSEA project’s third component, “Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System”.

It took place in Finland between 10 and 19 September and was attended by ten participants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.

EU in Georgia: New Head of EU Delegation appointed

Published in Politics
Friday, 14 September 2018 12:03

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

Published in military
Friday, 14 September 2018 11:31

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.

EU4Business in Georgia: Training opportunity for business consultants

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:51

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.

Georgia: Local Development Strategy adopted in Keda with EU support

Published in Economics
Monday, 10 September 2018 13:43

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

Published in Economics
Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:23

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.

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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

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 15:08

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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First Eastern Partnership European School opens its doors in Tbilisi

Published in Education
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 14:56

The first Eastern Partnership European School opened today in Tbilisi, Georgia. One of the Eastern Partnership's 20 deliverables for 2020, it will provide students from the EU’s six Eastern partner countries with an innovative academic programme while fostering multicultural exchanges and cooperation.

Today, the first Eastern Partnership European School opened its doors to 30 students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The start of the academic year was marked with a special event in the presence of EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia.

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: “I’m very proud to be in Tbilisi today to open the first Eastern Partnership European School. It is a project close to my heart and marks a new milestone in the EU’s cooperation with its Eastern partners. Offering high quality education to youth is an investment in the future of the students, of their countries, and of our strong and enduring partnership. The school's opening is also proof of our determination to implement the 20 deliverables for 2020, which are at the heart of the Eastern Partnership and bringing tangible benefits to citizens."

At the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017, all EU Member States and the six Eastern partner countries endorsed the Eastern Partnership European School as a top priority and as part of the commitment to strengthen support to youth and education in the region. The school is one of the 20 deliverables for 2020, endorsed by leaders at the last Summit, and also constitutes part of the wider €340 million support package for youth.

The unique diploma programme offered at the Eastern Partnership European School combines academic excellence with specialised teaching inspired by the European school system. Students aged 16 and 17 will attend classes in a multilingual and multicultural environment to extend and deepen their knowledge about Europe and the European Union. Furthermore, they will have access to a rich extra-curricular programme and have the chance to participate in high-level conferences on EU subjects. The students will graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma on European Studies.

Background
 

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative that aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It is a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Eastern Partnership aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation.

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the 10 years anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia

Published in World
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 12:28

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia. The European Union's commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflicts in Georgia remains as strong as ever. The European Union reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia. The European Union's commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflicts in Georgia remains as strong as ever. The European Union reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

Unfortunately, Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues in violation of international law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union. 

The European Union reconfirms its commitment to remain engaged and involved in stabilisation and conflict resolution efforts in Georgia, including by continuing its engagements as co-chair in the Geneva discussions, the efforts of the EU Special Representative, and the continued presence on the ground of the EU Monitoring Mission.

The EU welcomes the package of proposals "A Step to a Better Future" of the Georgian government that can benefit the citizens living on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines by facilitating trade, education and mobility. Such proposals are in line with the European Union's policy of engagement with the breakaway regions of Georgia.

In these ten years, Georgia has strengthened its democratic institutions and undertaken reforms in the rule of law. Georgia has developed a thriving economy and become an important destination for foreign direct investment and tourism. It now represents a model of democratic stability in the region.

In addition, Georgia and the EU have signed an ambitious Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area that will shape our bilateral relations for years to come. In March 2017, Visa Free Travel for short term stays entered into force for Georgian citizens. The EU's engagement with Georgia is a true partnership based on political association and economic integration, as well as on a strong friendship between our peoples.

 

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