On June 25-26, 2020 Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia visited Kakheti to highlight EU support to the region in the field of economic development, human rights, civil society, environment, energy efficiency, agriculture, and more.
The first stop was at the House of Hearing and Speech, a centre assisting hearing and speech impaired youth in Telavi. It was established with a grant from the EU supported ASB project: “Equal opportunities for persons with disabilities- supporting social service providers in rural Georgia”.
As a part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week Ambassador Hartzell visited two projects which have won EU regional awards for energy efficiency: the site of ongoing energy - efficient rehabilitation of Ikalto kindergarten under the Covenant of Mayors Project with Telavi municipality, and Shilda Winery, which has adopted energy efficient production equipment with EU support.
Ambassador Hartzell also met with representatives of local Civil Society Organisations
During his two-day visit to Kakheti, Ambassador also visited economic development projects. In Kvareli he visited two enterprises which have received advice through EU/EBRD business programmes:
In Tameriani, Ambassador Hartzell visited agriculture demonstration plots run by an EU programme implemented by FAO. The project demonstrates to local farmers the benefits of modern farming approaches, supports local farmers in finding markets for their goods, and trains young agronomists through an internship programme.
The final stop was the Lagodeheki National Park