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The European Union together with the Galician Regional Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Spain, supported by the FIIAPP (Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas of Spain /The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies), the administrative and financial management body of the Twinning Programme in Spain, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (RWS) – Directorate Environment / Dutch Knowledge Centre InfoMil of the Netherlands, the Czech Environmental Information Agency (CENIA) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia launched a new project to support Georgia in strengthening the administrative capacities of the Ministry for approximation and implementation of the EU environmental ‘acquis’ in the fields of industrial pollution and industrial hazards. The official opening of the Project (kick-off event) took place on Friday, 22nd of September, at 10:30 at the Hotel Tbilisi Marriott.
The 21-month project with a budget of GEL 2,9 million (EUR 1 million) will support the ongoing environmental permit reform process in Georgia and establishment of an effective and sustainable permitting and inspection system according to the provisions of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).
Additionally, the project will support development of a major accident prevention system for dangerous substances mentioned in the Seveso III Directive of the EU. The project will include the obligation to draft internal and external emergency plans for relevant installations covered by the Directive, as well as the setting up of an inspection system and deploying land use planning for their siting.
The project is structured around four components which focus on the legislative approximation in the fields of industrial emissions and industrial hazards, the establishment of a permitting system based on the provisions of the IED, the establishment of an environmental inspection system according to the IED and the setting up of a web-enabled database for Seveso installations and accident reporting. Component leaders for each component have been appointed.
During the project implementation, more than 50 experts mainly from Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic also from Greece, Estonia, Germany and Italy will participate in the 48 missions scheduled in the relevant work plan. They will work together with the Georgian counterparts. Georgian component leaders and co-leaders have also been appointed for the better coordination of tasks, and to ensure an extensive transfer of knowledge and expertise as well as the sustainability of the results.
The kick-off event gathered the key stakeholders of Georgia’s environmental sectors and the representatives of international organizations. The Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Ms Ekaterine Grigalava opened the event and the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Mr Carlo Natale, the Head of Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation of the Embassy of the Czech Republic to Georgia, Mr Jan Černík, the Director General for Environmental Quality and Climate Change of the Galician Regional Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Regional Government of Galicia (Spain), Ms María Cruz Ferreira Costa, the First Deputy State Minister of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Mr Archil Karaulashvili and the Director of the Unit for Economic Development and Environment of the FIIAPP, Ms Sonsoles Mories, addressed the participants in the first part of the kick-off event to mark the beginning of this important environmental project in Georgia.
In the second part of the kick-off event, the Spanish Project Leader, Mr José Francisco Alonso Picón, the Dutch Junior Project Leader, Mr Rob Kramers and the Czech Junior Project Leader Jan Kolar, as well as the RTA Iñaki Bergaretxe, from Spain, representing the Consortium partners, presented the overview and the objectives of the project.
Twinning is a European Union initiative, which brings together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing co-operative activities. Twinning projects must yield concrete operational results for the beneficiary country under the terms of the Association Agreement between that country and the EU.
For additional information, please see: www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia
For more information please contact:
Twinning Project Office, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia
Floor 4, room 405, 6 G. Gulua Street, 0114 Tbilisi
Mr. Iñaki Bergaretxe, Resident Twinning Advisor
Tel: +995 032 272 72 63
Mob: +995 557 44 84 67
Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
Mr. Alvaro Ortega Aparicio, Project Manager – Environment and Rural Development