The Delegation of the European Union in Georgia invites interested business organisations in Georgia to submit concept notes for a pilot project aimed at the promotion of European businesses and economic interests.
Objectives of the project
The project aims at encouraging coordinated and pro-active actions of business, support the implementation of Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) and, pursue the EU’s economic diplomacy interests. In particular, objectives are
We encourage interested business associations to form consortia and applying jointly to this expression of interest.
Budget and content of the award
The indicative budget, which could be made available by the EU Delegation for the pilot project, is €100,000-150,000. The exact size of the grant will depend on the quality and scope of the proposal. The indicative implementation period is 1 year. Co-funding by the applicants is encouraged.
In addition, the EU Delegation may provide in-kind support on a case-by-case basis – for example: consultation of and liaison with EU Delegation and HQ, occasional availability of meeting rooms, public support or joint participation to some events or communication activities, and others.
Depending on the successful implementation of the project, the EU Delegation could consider providing publicity to the grantee as the main EU business association partner in Georgia. The awarded organisation, depending on the implementation of the project, could become a key interlocutor on European business and economic topics for the EU Delegation and HQ (notably DG TRADE and DG NEAR). In addition, a "verification/endorsement letter” could be considered to be issued at the end of the project implementation by the EU Delegation to the European Business Organisations Worldwide Network (EBOWWN – a network with over 250 experts on trade, investment, policy and representation of business in 45 markets outside the EU).
Should your organisation(s) be interested in implementing such proposed action, in accordance with the EU Financial Regulation and the Practical Guide for EU external aid contracts (PRAG), we would be grateful for an expression of interest in the form of a concept note and a presentation of your organisation(s) by 16 April 2021 to Julien.CRAMPES@eeas.europa.eu, Arne.KORTH@eeas.europa.eu and Ada.NARDAIA@eeas.europa.eu. We encourage interested applicants to consult with relevant stakeholders during the elaboration of the concept note to ensure coordination and synergies. The concept note should include the following elements, to allow a proper assessment and selection:
In addition, the applicants should submit a presentation of their organisation(s) with answers to the following questions:
Concept notes and the presentations of organisation(s) will be evaluated by staff of the EU Delegation according to the following criteria:
Please note that the decision of the EU Delegation whether and to what extent the implementation could be entrusted to which partners will only be made as a result of consultations and internal procedures.
An information session is envisaged to take place in an online format on Tuesday 23.03.2021 15.00 Tbilisi time. In case you have specific questions to this call for the expression of interest, please send them in writing to the emails Arne.KORTH@eeas.europa.eu and Ada.NARDAIA@eeas.europa.eu until Wednesday 17.03.2021, 12.00 Tbilisi time. In the information session, EU Delegation staff will provide answers to the questions submitted. A protocol of the information session will be available upon request.
We invite all applicants to register their interest for this call for the expression of interest by sending an email to Arne.KORTH@eeas.europa.eu and Ada.NARDAIA@eeas.europa.eu. Please register your participation in the information session by sending an email Arne.KORTH@eeas.europa.eu and Ada.NARDAIA@eeas.europa.eu until 17.03.2021 12.00 Tbilisi time.