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A new chapter of cross-border cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia opened with the EU support

March 30, 2018

On March 30, 2018, six Azerbaijani – Georgian cross-border projects, which received grants under the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation (EaPTC) Programme, were officially launched in Tbilisi, Georgia. The representatives of Azerbaijani – Georgian bilateral partnerships gathered in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel to highlight the commencement of the Programme and its benefits in addressing the most crucial challenges of the bordering areas.

“We believe these projects will build and deepen the existing good will between the neighbouring regions of Azerbaijan and Georgia and will contribute to socio-economic development of these regions,” Natalia Alhazishvili, Team Leader of the EaPTC Managing Authority South (GIZ), stressed.

"With the launch of the new projects, the European Union exports a proven success model to the regions at the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The selected projects are about a core idea of European integration: Bringing together people from different countries, working on concrete issues and improving people's daily lives," Dominik Papenheim, Programme Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, underlined.

“We are proud today to mark the official launch of the Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation grant projects and congratulate all the partners for their huge efforts on this way. For the first time, Azeri and Georgian local communities will work together on addressing the most crucial challenges of the bordering areas. We hope that the projects will be successful, bring new priceless experience and encourage other regions and municipalities to take joint actions for mutual benefits of people living on the both sides of the border,” Erikas Jankauskas, EaPTC Support Programme Team Leader, highlighted.

The grant projects of the Azerbaijan – Georgia EaPTC Programme are aimed at strengthening regional development and cross-border cooperation between two countries in the field of improving the living conditions of local communities, solving the problems of environment, youth employment and tourism development. The total amount of funding that the European Union made available for the implementation of these projects is 1.35 mln Euros.

Learn more about the Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme.

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