Georgia on EUropean Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation

The fourth of May 2017 is the official kick-off of a new project entitled: “Georgia on European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation” in Georgia. The project implemented by the consortium of NGOs and think-tanks under the leadership of the Eastern Europe Studies Center (EESC, Lithuania) in cooperation with the Association of Business Consulting Organizations (ABCO Georgia), Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP, Georgia), GLOBSEC (Slovakia), Association Caucasus Genetics (Georgia), ATTINATI (Georgia) and Young Scientists Union “Intellect” (Georgia). The project is being implemented from 12 April 2017 and the project duration is 24 months. The project is funded by the European Neighbourhood Instrument of the European Union.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the capacities of Georgian civil society (CSOs) along the DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area) implementation process. The project will begin with thorough status-quo analysis focused on detecting opportunities and challenges of DCFTA implementation in Georgia. This first phase of project implementation will lay grounds and provide tools for continuous project activities: capacity building trainings for Georgian CSOs, which will enable and gradually turn them into equal partners during following project implementation phases: a) executing a nationwide DCFTA/SME communication campaign, b) providing trainings and seminars for Georgian SMEs and public officials, and c) forming and organising the work of Local and Central Advisory Councils, the first format of its kind to bring together representatives of local and central government officials, SMEs, CSOs and international experts. The status quo analysis on DCFTA implementation in Georgia will also be used when evaluating project results upon its completion and advising continuous actions.

The project activities are based on following three objectives:

  • Increasing CSOs role when raising public awareness, understanding and support for DCFTA implementation in Georgia;
  • Building capacities of Georgian CSOs to assist and consult local SMEs on accessing and benefiting from the EU internal market;
  • Establishing comprehensive monitoring and advise-based cooperation between Georgian authorities, CSOs and SMEs.

 

The “Georgia on EUropean Way” is the biggest project so far GLOBSEC has been involved in during its 6 years of history of continuous engagement in Georgia since 2011. During that period, GLOBSEC successfully implemented in close cooperation with its partners 6 major projects:

Georgia: Knocking on the EU’s Door (2011 – 2012) - sharing of Slovak experience with joining the EU in areas of economic transformation, defence and security and energy.

Georgia and Moldova Reality Check (2013 – 2014) - policy review process oriented on Georgia and Moldova performance in regards to the European integration agenda before and right after the Vilnius EaP Summit.

Finding Common Spirit, Building Bridges: Visegrad and Eastern Partnership Summer School (2013) - summer school for young leaders from South Caucasus countries aimed at building trust and better relations among South Caucasus nations. Involvement of young people from Visegrad countries as facilitators.

Tbilisi Transformational Leadership Forum (2014 – 2015) - project run by the Georgian Institute of Strategic Studies (GISS) in cooperation with GLOBSEC. High level forum for young professionals from South Caucasus countries aimed at sharing transformational experience of these countries in cooperation with Slovakia.

Support to Georgia's and Moldova's economic integration to the EU (2014 – 2015) - research project by GISS in cooperation with GLOBSEC on progress of Georgia and MOldova in implementation of Association Agreements related agenda with focus on economic affairs.

Georgia on the EUropean Way 1 (2016 – 2017) - project aimed at sharing experience and assisting with organizing the Georgia's European Way Conference 2016 in Batumi and at raising public awareness and fighting against myths about the EU in regions of Georgia.