Georgia has been a priority partner country for Estonia’s bilateral development cooperation since 2006 and according to the Strategy for Estonian Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid 2016-2020 Georgia will remain the priority country of Estonia’s bilateral aid.
In 2016–2020 it is important to continue working in the areas where Estonia has already started cooperation with Georgia.
The basis of cooperation in 2016–2018 is the Estonian development cooperation country strategy for Georgia, which reflects the needs and development strategies of Georgia and determines the development directions and areas where Estonia can offer value added. Given the Strategy for Development Cooperation and the needs of Georgia, Estonia focuses on the following key areas when planning and implementing development cooperation in Georgia: Strengthening democratic state structures and systems, supporting economic development, improving the quality of education.
Over the period 2012-2015 Estonia’s authorities committed € 3.33 million supporting Georgia: € 3.32 million for development cooperation actions and about € 0.01 million as humanitarian aid.
More than 45 development cooperation projects were implemented during this period. (Estonian Development Database)
Estonia also contributes financially to the European Union Neighbourhood Policy Investment Fund, the goal of which is to fund bigger infrastructure and environmental projects in neighbouring countries.
Since 2011 a new opportunity for sharing experiences has been the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership, which is geared towards supporting public administration reform projects in Eastern Partnership countries. The Centre provides scholarships to Georgian officials to study at the Estonian School of Diplomacy and organizes seminars for Eastern Partnership countries.
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