On 15-17 January, experts from Poland and the United Kingdom will visit Georgia to assist the country’s legislators in the development of a comprehensive legal framework on consumer protection and consumer rights.
The European Union (EU) has transferred GEL 140 million (EUR 48.1 million) of non-reimbursable aid to Georgia in acknowledgement of commonly agreed reform progress in 2017 in several sectors: trade and business development, vocational education and employment, agriculture, and integration of internally displaced people (IDPs). Payments were also made for Georgia's justice sector, public administration, public finance management and regional development policy. These funds are provided within the framework of EU budget support programmes ongoing with the Government.
The EU through its Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) provided a EUR 9,9 mln (approx GEL 28 mln) grant to support the program on “Extension of the Georgian Transmission Network”, co-financed by KfW.
The Commission is today reporting on the continuous 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 (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine). The report shows that, whilst the visa liberalisation requirements for the countries concerned continue to be fulfilled, action is required in a number of specific areas to preserve their sustainable implementation.
The EU's Political and Security Committee has today appointed Erik Høeg, a Danish diplomat, as new Head of the European Union monitoring mission in Georgia, EUMM Georgia. Erik Høeg succeeds Kęstutis Jankauskas (of Lithuanian nationality) who held the post for more than two and a half years. Erik Høeg is currently serving as Deputy Head of EUMM and has been Acting Head of mission since 1 September 2017.