Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and the Cayman Islands

Projects in Georgia

03/09/2018 - 12:39
Cooperation

The European Union provides over €100 million for projects in Georgia annually, covering areas such as economic development, governance and education, water and energy, human rights and security.

The European Union (EU) through its Financial and Technical Cooperation supports Georgia's ambitious reform agenda. More than 200 projects are currently being carried out in Georgia, with a total budget of around €500 million..

EU assistance focuses on the support of the following sectors: Justice, Freedom and Security; Human Rights, Democratisation and Civil Society; Conflict Resolution; Economy, Trade and Public Finance Management; Infrastructure, Environment and Rural Development; Education, Health and Social Development.

Visit www.EU4Georgia.ge to find detailed information about EU-projects implemented in Georgia.

Examples of benefits of closer cooperation

  • EU support to agriculture is about raising the income of Georgian farmers. To this end, over 1,500 farmer cooperatives have been created with EU support. Initial findings are showing that farmers in cooperatives can potentially lower their production costs by 30% and increase their incomes by 20%. Under the European Neighbourhood Partnership for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) over 600 farmers have received training on farming techniques and an agronomy internship programme has been established.
  • The EU is working hard to help Georgians to have proper access to justice. It helped to establish the Government's Legal Aid Service, which, with over 20 offices across the country, has offered free assistance to over 330,000 people, including court representation in more than 150,000 case.
  • The EU is supporting the Government in making its finances more transparent and accountable to its citizens. Since 2014, the Government publishes a citizen’s guide to the state budget, clearly explaining how and where money is spent
  • The EU is also supporting Georgia to reap the full benefits of DCFTA. Support is being provided to increase competitiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses and to create the conditions for Georgian produce to meet European standards. Since 2009, 40,000 SMEs, microenterprises and farmers have received loans for their activities. In addition, a total of €130 million in loans are made available for innovative SMEs and small midcap companies under Horizon 2020. This has led to the creation of an estimated 10,300 new jobs.
  • The EU is supporting the modernisation of the higher education system in Georgia in line with the Bologna reforms, enhancing the quality and relevance of education, improving skills development, notably through increased mobility flows between the European Union and Georgia for students, teachers, researchers, academic staff and young people. Under Erasmus+, almost 7,500 students and academic staff exchanges have taken place between Georgia and the EU. Over 9,300 young people and youth workers from Georgia have been involved in joint exchanges, training and volunteering projects. Since 2018, Georgia hosts the European School in Tbilisi, bringing together students from across the Eastern Partnership region, who receive a high quality education inspired by European and international teaching standard.

 

 

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