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Statement by the Spokesperson on recent developments toward the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict

EU funds are transferred in exchange for Government progress in 2017 and 2018 in areas of agriculture and rural development, justice, public administration reform, legal approximation and business support, and education and labour market policies.

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A new call for scholarships is now open until 1 March for students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, aged 16-17 years old, wanting to deepen their knowledge about Europe and the European Union.

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Qvevri, a large, ancient Georgian winemaking amphora-like clay vessel, which is granted the status of an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia, is traditionally used to make wine and to store grains. However, this unique clay vessel can be useful for other important purposes, except for its traditional function which is fermentation, storage and ageing. By using qvevri it is also possible to make whisky and this method has proved to be successful based on an example and experience of the ENPARD’s beneficiary Aleksander Kvernadze.

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The EU-supported, multi-donor Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has provided a loan of USD 25 million to Bank of Georgia Group. The main aim is to support the bank in diversifying and growing its energy efficiency and renewable energy lending portfolio for large companies and SMEs, as well as public entities. Potential beneficiaries include manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries, as well as renewable energy projects.

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Prevention is better than cure. This basic principle stands behind many of the EU activities. A pertinent example is the EU's civilian monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM). It was deployed immediately following the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. EUMM has helped since then to prevent new hostilities and enabled the affected population to resume a normal life free from fear.

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On 20-21 December teachers and principals from Pankisi Gorge are taking part in a seminar on Europe, European values and Georgia's relations with the European Union. The training is part of a larger outreach programme that will include a study trip to Brussels in early 2019.

Tbilisi, 20 December – During the opening ceremony of the two-day training representatives of the Georgian Government and the European Union emphasised the importance of reaching out to the community in Pankisi Gorge.

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The nation-wide communication for social change campaign #SeeEveryColour has managed to address the most wide-spread misconceptions and false beliefs around people with disabilities, reaching more than one million people and contributing to a reduction of stigma against disability – this was a major outcome of the campaign which summarized its results at a special event organized in Tbilisi.  The two-year campaign was carried out by UNICEF with the support of USAID and the European Union with active engagement of children with disabilities and their parents.   

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The Commission is today reporting on its assessment of the fulfilment of the visa liberalisation benchmarks by the Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia as well as the Eastern Partnership countries: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. This annual report shows that the visa liberalisation requirements for the concerned countries continue to be met but that action – in some cases immediate – is required for a number of countries in specific areas to ensure this continues to be the case.

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