Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

EU launches new project supporting digital economy and society in Georgia

16/05/2019 - 09:23

EU4Digital project will provide advice on broadband development, e-services and regulation.

The European Union launched EU4Digital, a new programme supporting the digital economy and society in Georgia. The project is funded by the EU and will work with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

The programme aims to extend the benefits of the EU's Digital Single Market to Georgia and other Eastern Partnership countries, channelling EU support to develop the potential of the digital economy and society, in order to bring economic growth, generate more jobs, improve people’s lives and help businesses.

In particular, through EU4Digital, the EU will support Georgia in reducing roaming tariffs, developing high-speed broadband to boost economies and expand e-services, harmonising digital frameworks across society in areas ranging from logistics to health, cyber security, and developing digital skills.

The programme was launched by Mr. Carlo Natale, Charge d'affairs of the EU Delegation to Georgia and Mr. Lashsa Mikava, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

"The EU is very happy to be launching EU4Digital in Georgia.  Strong digital infrastructure and frameworks are the way of the future, and through this support to the Government we hope to see not only a stronger digital economy, but also the boost it will give areas where Georgia has potential to grow such as business, entrepreneurship, tourism, ICT industry, or innovation.  This support also ties into and compliments the ongoing work of the Government's Broadband Development Strategy", noted Mr Natale

Opening remarks were followed by a full presentation of the programme, and a panel discussion on how EU4Digital complements other digital initiatives in Georgia and the wider region.

EU4Digital was formally launched in 2018 on the regional level and will run until 2021.  It has a total budget of 12 million EUR for activities in the 6 Eastern Partnership countries, and will provide technical assistance in the following areas: Telecom rules, including independence of the national regulators, spectrum harmonization, broadband development and work towards the harmonization of roaming tariffs; eTrade including eCommerce, eCustoms and eLogistics; Digital Trust and Cyber security; Digital Skills; Digital Innovation and start-up ecosystems; and eHealthBudget


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