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30.4.2018 EU to help Georgia systemise agr

EU to help Georgia systemise agricultural crop varieties


Source:, 2018-04-13

On 10-13 April, an expert from France visited Georgia as part of the EU’s assistance to the country to establish a national catalogue of plant varieties.

When Georgia adopted its ‘Law on Allowing the Use of Agricultural Crop Varieties Subject to Mandatory Certification and Seed Production’ in 2017, it requested assistance from the European Commission’s Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX).

This expert mission is the first TAIEX activity scheduled within a series of events aimed at creating a national catalogue of plant varieties in Georgia. The objective of the four-day mission is to process and examine the subordinate law acts on creating a national catalogue and to identify relevant EU legislation for this purpose. Additionally, the participants will receive training on a variety of registration methods according to DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) and VCU (Value for Cultivation and Use) testing results.

The event was organised by TAIEX in co-operation with the country’s the Ministry of Agriculture.

TAIEX is a demand-driven tool that supports partner countries with the adaptation of national laws, regulations and quality standards to match those of EU Member States in the framework of Cooperation or Association Agreements signed with the EU. In the Eastern Neighbourhood, TAIEX works with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

30.4.2018 Rural Women in Georgia Make Stri

Rural Women in Georgia Make Strides towards Economic Empowerment


Source:, 2018-04-14

“Education and economic activities empower and equip women to make life-determining choices and secure brighter future for their country,” said Esabelle Dingizian, Third Vice Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, while meeting women farmers in Kachreti community college “Aisi”.

Representatives of the Parliament of Sweden, Embassy of Sweden to Georgia and Armenia, United Nations and the Parliament and Government of Georgia visited Kachreti on 14 April 2018.

Esabelle Dingizian, Third Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden; H.E. Martina Quick, Ambassador of Sweden to Georgia and Armenia; Tamar Chugoshvili, Georgian Parliament Vice Speaker and Chairperson of the Gender Equality Council; Natia Natsvlishvili, Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia; and Ketevan Natriashvili, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, met college students and teachers, and members of the Women Farmers’ Association.

The high-level guests visited college premises, classrooms, workshops and training sites, as well as the small farms and agricultural cooperatives managed by women farmers.

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30.4.2018 Seven Georgian municipalities jo

Seven Georgian municipalities join EU initiative for climate and energy action


Source:, 2018-04-17

Seven Georgian municipalities recently became members of the EU-funded “Covenant of Mayors East” initiative. The official signing ceremony of the agreement took place in Telavi, Georgia. As a result, the total number of signatories to the EU “Covenant of Mayors East” initiative in Georgia reached 23 towns.

The Covenant of Mayors East is a flagship EU initiative to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 30% by 2030. It helps municipalities to prepare and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, improving the security of energy supply, and allowing them to contribute more actively to climate change mitigation.

The Covenant of Mayors East is part of the EU4Energy initiative. EU4Energy covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the long term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.

30.4.2018 EU

EU, in partnership with UNDP, assists Georgia to build national network of Rural Development professionals


Source:, 2018-04-17

30 local experts were trained in rural development topics on 16-17 April 2018. The interactive training focused on a range of rural development areas, including strategic programming, implementation and evaluation, and best European practices.

The Training of Trainers is supported by the European Union (EU) under the EU-funded programme ENPARD. Organised by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, it is part of the targeted capacity building initiative that aims to increase understanding of rural development in Georgia, transfer international knowledge, promote cooperation among the stakeholders and build the national network of qualified rural development professionals.

“Rural development empowers people to transform their regions and communities, based on the thorough understanding of developmental opportunities, policies and organizational capacities. Building the national expertise in rural development and creating the network of professionals, we lay the solid ground for the success of this complex reform”, - Nodar Kereselidze, First Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

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