Georgia and EU launch first projects under €3 million Rural Development component under ENPARD (29/10/2015)

On Thursday, 29 October 2015, the European Union and the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia launched a ENPARD pilot project in Borgomi, which will create Local Action Groups   (LAGs), consisting of representatives from local authorities, private sector and civil society, for the elaboration and implementation of local development strategies.

The presentation complements the recently organised launching ceremony in the municipality of Stepantsminda, (Mtskheta-Mtianeti region) where the   Borjomi project was presented along with the other two pilot projects in Lagodekhi and Kazbegi municipalities. The Kazbegi launching ceremony was the   starting point to the EU-funded €3 million support to the rural development component under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).

Implementation of the new projects will be facilitated by three international NGOs with recognised experience in rural areas of Georgia: CARE-Austria (Lagodekhi), People in Need-Czech Republic (Kazbegi) and Mercy Corps-Scotland (Borjomi).

In Borjomi, the media will also have the opportunity to look into the   strategies, methods and innovative approaches in rural development tested by   the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Government of Finland   under their joint initiative with the Government of Georgia in the Borjomi   Gorge.

 Background:

Georgia is at present benefitting from €52 million in support to   agriculture and rural development through the EU-funded ENPARD programme. For   more information, please visit www.enpard.ge

 The rural development approach recognises the unique features of each   territory and how communities and local authorities benefit from capacity   building and support to identify and implement their own development strategies.   On this basis, EU support to rural development over the next years will be   expanded to other regions, helping Georgia establish a successful rural   development policy following the best practices across Europe. The EU support   empower ownership of local development processes in rural areas of Georgia,   improving capacities and providing resources and incentives for better rural   services and jobs in a variety of activities related to agriculture,   eco-tourism and other rural businesses.

 For more information about ENPARD in Georgia, please contact:

Delegation of the European Union to Georgia: Communications Manager,   Mikolaj Bekasiak,

Mikolaj-Swietopelek.BEKASIAK@eeas.europa.eu

Action   Global Communications: ENPARD Communications Unit, Ms Maia Chitaia,

maia.chitaia@actionprgroup.com; tel. 599 490 012