The European Union provides over €100 million for projects in Georgia annually, covering areas such as governance and education, water and energy, human rights and security.
The European Union (EU) through its Financial and Technical Cooperation supports Georgia's ambitious reform agenda. More than 100 projects are currently being carried out in Georgia. On 18 July 2014, Georgia signed a Memorandum of Understanding fixing the priorities for EU cooperation for the period of 2014-2017 with an indicative financial allocation in the range of €335–410 million.
EU assistance focuses on the support of the following sectors: Justice, Freedom and Security; Human Rights, Democratization and Civil Society; Conflict Resolution; Economy, Trade and Public Finance Management;Infrastructure, Environment and Rural Development; Education, Health and Social Development. EU funding for projects in Georgia is provided in the form of grants, contracts and increasingly budget support
Examples of benefits of closer cooperation
EU support to agriculture is about raising the income of Georgian farmers. To this end, over 1,500 farmer cooperatives have been created with EU support. Initial findings are showing that farmers in cooperatives can potentially lower their production costs by 30% and increase their incomes by 20%. See a short video
The EU is working hard to help Georgians to have proper access to justice. It helped to establish the Government's Legal Aid Service, which has provided close to 150,000 Georgians with free legal counselling and aid.
The EU is supporting the Government in making its finances more transparent and accountable to its citizens. Since 2014, the Government publishes a citizen’s guide to the state budget, clearly explaining how and where money is spent
The EU is also supporting Georgia to reap the full benefits of DCFTA. Support is being provided to increase competitiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses and to create the conditions for Georgian produce to meet European standards. After two years of implementation, 100 companies have already received technical advice thanks to EU support, info centres on EU trade are being set up in the regions and EU-backed credit lines will provide finance to Georgian SMEs.
The EU is supporting the modernisation of the higher education system in Georgia in line with the Bologna reforms, enhancing the quality and relevance of education, improving skills development, notably through increased mobility flows between the European Union and Georgia for students, teachers, researchers, academic staff and young people. More than 1700 students and staff members from Georgia can benefit from mobility to Europe and more than 5300 young people and youth workers can take part in joint activities with their counterparts from the EU.