EaPTC Cooperation Programmes

Azerbaijan – Georgia

Azerbaijan: Ganja-Gazakh and Sheki-Zaqatala regions
Georgia: Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions

Azerbaijan – Georgia / News & Events

April 10, 2017 Evaluation results of the Azerbaijan – Georgia Call for proposals reviewed in Tbilisi On April 10, 2017, Tbilisi hosted the 3d Joint Decision Making Committee Meeting under Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme. The members of the Azerbaijani and Georgian Delegations gathered together to discuss the evaluation results of the Call for Proposals launched by the EU on September...
April 21, 2016 Call for applications as external assessors for Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme The Managing Authority (MA) of the EU-funded “Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation” Programme calls for applications for setting up a pool of assessors. The assessors will be in charge of the evaluation of proposals submitted under the Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme.The...
April 8, 2016 An updated evaluation timetable under Azerbaijan – Georgia Call for Proposals available The EaPTC Support Programme draws attention of the applicants under Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme Call for Proposals to the updated evaluation timetable, which has been recently published by the Managing Authority. The notification of awards is expected in late summer 2016. The...
December 22, 2015 New guidelines for foreign donors to issue grants in Azerbaijan approved “Procedure for Foreign Donors to Obtain the Right for Provision of Grants in the Territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan” was approved by the Resolution No.339 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan on December 4, 2015.The document contains new guidelines for foreign donor organizations...
November 5, 2015 Information Session in Baku: advancing Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation On November 6, 2015 an Information Session under Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme Call for Proposals is organized by the EaPTC Support Programme in Baku to inform Azerbaijani state authorities about the specifics, sequence of actions, eligibility criteria and evaluation process...
October 19, 2015 Individual consultations for potential applicants under Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme to be launched The EaPTC Support Programme provides an opportunity for individual consultations for potential applicants in the process of preparing project proposals within the Module B8 - Project Clinics that will be held on November 9-19, 2015 in Tbilisi, Telavi, Lagodekhi, Sheki and Ganja.Project Clinics include...
September 23, 2015 Information Days under Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme Call for Proposals get under way Following the announcement of the Call for Proposals under Azerbaijan – Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme, Managing Authority South together with the EaPTC Support Programme organises a series of Information Days in Georgia. The info-sessions are aimed to provide the potential applicants interested...
September 18, 2015 EU boosts territorial cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia On September 18, 2015 the EaPTC Managing Authority South has announced the Call for Proposals for strengthening territorial cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia aimed to address common development challenges in the bordering regions.Territorial cooperation partners, including local authorities...
October 17, 2014 Azerbaijani and Georgian Participants meet to Generate Project Ideas for Territorial Cooperation In October – November 2014 the EaPTC Support Programme team will deliver a series of two-day training sessions on partner identification and joint project idea generation. The invited participants are the representatives of the regional and local state authorities as well as civil society organization...
January 28, 2014 Azerbaijan mass media to know more about the EaPTC Support Programme From February 11 to 13, 2014, the EaPTC Support Programme Team organizes the media events for the Azerbaijan mass media in a framework of Azerbaijan-Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme. The media briefings will be organized with the aim to raise awareness of the wide public and potential beneficiaries...
September 26, 2013 Media Briefing was successfully held in Telavi On 18th of September, 2013, Media Briefing was successfully held in Telavi, Georgia. The event was organised with the aim to inform regional mass media about the EaPTC Programme activities and as a result to raise awareness on EaPTC among the target audience of this region.Three TV channels and 15 journalists...

Azerbaijan – Georgia / Documents

AZ-GE_ToR for Assessors_ENG.pdf AZ-GE_ToR for Assessors_ENG 294,12 Kb
AZ-GE_Guidelines for Assessors_ENG.pdf AZ-GE_Guidelines for Assessors_ENG 521,05 Kb
Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No339_Procedure for Foreign Donors in Azerbaijan_4.12.2015_ENG.pdf AZ-GE_Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No339_Procedure for Foreign Donors in Azerbaijan_4.12.2015_ENG 416,79 Kb
AZ-GE_Joint Operational Programme_Final_ENG.pdf AZ-GE Joint Operational Programme Final_ENG 1,03 Mb
AZ-GE_Joint Operational Programme_Final_AZ.pdf AZ-GE Joint Operational Programme Final_AZ 707,12 Kb
AZ-GE_Joint Operational Programme_Final_GE.pdf AZ-GE Joint Operational Programme Final_GE 648,57 Kb
AZ-GE_Rules of Procedure_FINAL_ENG.pdf AZ-GE Rules of Procedure FINAL_ENG 512,07 Kb
ENG EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL.pdf EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL_ENG 227,47 Kb
AZ EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL.pdf EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL_AZ 333,64 Kb
GE EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL.pdf EaPTC recommendations on TYPICAL MISTAKES FINAL_GE 149,18 Kb
Project clinics_Concept Note_ENG.docx Project Clinics_Concept Note_ENG 444,95 Kb
Project clinics_Concept Note_RUS.docx Project Clinics_Concept Note_RUS 447,48 Kb
Project clinics_Logical Framework Matrix_ENG.docx Project Clinics_Logical Framework Matrix_ENG 326,25 Kb
Project clinics_Logical Framework Matrix_RUS.docx Project Clinics_Logical Framework Matrix_RUS 326,69 Kb
Project clinics_Budget_ENG.xls Project Clinics_Budget_ENG 54 Kb
Project clinics_Budget_RUS.xls Project Clinics_Budget_RUS 68 Kb
Project clinics_Questions_ENG.docx Project Clinics_Questions_ENG 324,64 Kb
Project clinics_Questions_RUS.docx Project Clinics_Questions_RUS 327,26 Kb
Azerbaijan




Description of Territorial Administration and governance:
Official Name:
Republic of Azerbaijan
Capital and largest city: Baku
President: Ilham Aliyev
Prime Minister: Artur Rasizade
Total land area of Azerbaijan: 86,600 km²
Ethnic groups:
Azeri 90.6%, Dagestani 2.2%, Russian 1.8%, Armenian 1.5%, other 3.9% (1999 census), note: almost all Armenians live in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region
Languages: Azerbaijani (Azeri) (official) 90.3%, Lezgi 2.2%, Russian 1.8%, Armenian 1.5%, other 3.3%, unspecified 1% (1999 census)
Religions: Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8% (1995 est.), note: religious affiliation is still nominal in Azerbaijan; percentages for actual practicing adherents are much lower
Population: 9,590,159 (July 2013 est.)
Urbanization: urban population: 52% of total population (2010)
Rate of urbanization: 1.4% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south, while having a short borderline with Turkey to the northwest.

Azerbaijan is divided into 10 economic regions subdivided into 59 districts and 11 cities. Moreover, Azerbaijan includes the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (muxtar respublika), which itself contains 7 districts and1 city and covers 5,500 km². The rayons are further divided into municipalities.
The ten economic regions of Azerbaijan are:
1. Absheron
2. Ganja-Qazakh
3. Shaki-Zaqatala
4. Lankaran
5. Quba-Khachmaz
6. Aran
7. Yukhari-Karabakh
8. Kalbajar-Lachin
9. Daglig-Shirvan
10.Nakhchivan

The President of Azerbaijan appoints the governors of these units, while the government of Nakhchivan is elected and approved by the parliament of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

EaPTC eligible regions: Sheki-Zaqatala and Ganja-Gazakh


Sheki-Zaqatala and Ganja-Gazakh are 2 of total 10 economic regions in the sense of the state regional development policy. They include the following administrative districts (rayons) and cities:

- Ganja-Gazakh: Aghstafa, Dashkesen, Gedebey, Goranboy, Goygol, Gazakh, Samukh, Shemkir, Tovuz districts, Ganja and Naftalan cities (total 11)
- Sheki-Zaqatala: Balaken, Gakh, Gebele, Oghuz, Zagatala, Sheki districts (total 6)

Sheki-Zaqatala Region


Zaqatala District. 1 city, 60 villages. 2 settlements. Population 120.000 23% lives in urban areas (Zagatala town, Aliabad, Mukhakh, Upper Tala, Lower Tala, Danachi) and over 20 ethnic minorities. Muslim 99.6%, other religions 0.4%
The district is located in a well connected valley surrounded by mountains.
Zaqatala city is the center of the district. The city is located at the height of 535 meters above sea level, 445 kilometers away from the capital of Azerbaijan.

Nature, History, Culture:
1) Tala river and Gala plains
2) Alazan Hefteran Valley
3) Stone age settlements archeological areas
4) Jar and Mazir villages dating from Xth Century
5) Officially quoting " Churches and Mosques from After and Before Christ)
6) Peri fortress in Upper Chardakhlar
7) Alban houses i Mamrikh and Pashan villages.
8) Mosque in Tala village.
9) Zaqatala national park
10) Zaqatala castle
12) Aliabad Mosque
13) Mukhakh sheytanala fortress
14) Necropolis in Tala and Chardaglar
Generally there are high investments in tourism restructuring and restoration, like the Zagatala waterfalls the Khalakhi lake, Gebizdere and Honzogor mountain, the Moorchay and Malarasa pass. Considering Zaqatala is probably the oldest natural reserve of the Caucasus. Very good road and rail connections and a national airport here.

Economy
Tobacco, silk, nuts, corn, livestock, tea. Food processing, cheese plants, brick works.

Sheki District.

1 city, 68 villages, 2 settlements. Population 174.000. Located between two mountain ranges and easily accessible from Baku. 38% of the population lives in urban areas.

History, Culture, Nature:
1) Archeological Findings from 3000 BC
2) Kish Alban Temple
3) City of Sheki dates 1st Century AD as a main Albanian centre.
4) 4 parks and botanical gardens, 31 archeological excavations, 13 monuments, 2 monuments of international recognition.
Economy:
Shaki possesses a small silk industry and relies on its agricultural sector, which produces tobacco, grapes, cattle, nuts, cereals and milk. The main production facilities of Shaki are the silk factory, gas-power plant, brick factory, wine factory, sausage factory, conserve factory, and a dairy plant with its integrated big scale Pedigree Dairy Farm. The city is particularly fruitful for tourism, both Azerbaijanis and foreigners spend vacations in the province. In 2010, Shaki was visited by 15,000 foreign tourists from all around the world.

Ganja-Gazakh Region



Ganja-Gazakh Economic Region is second economically important region of Azerbaijan. Being the second industrial region of Azerbaijan, it provides the 12-13% of the industrial production of the country. The industry of the region could be divided into two sectors: production and processing. There are enterprises in Ganja and Dashkesen that produce ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy raw material and implement the initial processing. Heavy is also important for the economy of this region. Many enterprises are involved in fields of engineering industry like machinery, production of communication equipment, maintenance facilities for cars and agricultural machinery.
This region produces the 13-14% of Agricultural products, also 80-85% of potato, 28% of grapes, 15% of cattle breeding products of Azerbaijan Republic.
Transportation system has an important role in the complex development of the Ganja-Gazakh economic region. This region is located on the railways and motorways connecting the Azerbaijan to Georgia and the coast of the Black Sea. Ganja, Gazakh and Agstafa are the main transportation junctions. There is an airport, which has national importance, in Ganja city. The pipeline constructed to export the oil and gas produced from Caspian Sea to the world market crosses the territory of this region. The region’s good natural conditions, pure climate, beautiful mountain-forest landscape, mineral therapeutic water resources enable the establishment of recreational-therapeutic areas. “Goy-Gol” and “Khajikand” recreational areas are located 1556 m above the sea level. Also Naftalan recreational-therapeutic zone has international importance.

Gazakh District. 1 town, 34 villages. Population 90.200.
Plains, bordering directly with Armenia and Azerbaijan
History, Culture, Nature:
There are 112 protected monuments in the region of Qazakh, of which 54 are archaeological, 46 are architectural, 7 are historical, and 5 are of artistic significance. Historic and tourist sites in this region include:
1) Kura, Injesu, Agstafa, Khram rivers
2) Gazakh used to be a Sultanate - Mosque is left.
3) Vagif and Vivadi house museums (Azeri Poets)
4) Old Carpet market and carpet school
5) Diliboz, local horses
Economy
Mostly agricultural area, with some light industry and mining. It has viniculture, beekeeping, grain, tobacco growing, and livestock. Food processing industry, and mines of saw stone, volcanic ash, zeolite, bentonite clay, gravel, sand, cement.

Ganja City District: 1 city, 1 settlement, 2 city districts Nizami and Kapaz. Population 316.000. Area 298 sq.km.

Ganja is the second largest city of Azerbaijan after Baku. The city is also inhabited by large number of Azerbaijani refugees from Armenia and IDPs from the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas.
History, Culture, Nature:
1) Two rivers nearby Ganja River and Kuro River.
2) Goygol lake and Hajikend recreational areas and national parks in the mountains.
3) 1700s Khan Baghi park in the city
4) Mineral waters by Turshsu
5) Maral lake, Gush lake, Gara lake, Agh lake, Shamli lake.
Economy:
Both heavy and light industry. The light industry, for example, relies on processing of cotton, wool fabric, carpet and textile productions; grape and meat processing industry, production of confectionary, bakery and canned food. The heavy industry includes concrete, bricks, marble, asphalt, gypsum, sand gravel. Aluminium produced by Azeraluminium, OJSC Ganja Clay Soil production.


Georgia




Description of Territorial Administration and governance:


Official Name:
Georgia
President: Giorgi Margvelashvili
Prime Minister: Giorgi Kvirikashvili
Total land area of Georgia: 69,700 km²
Ethnic groups:
Georgian 83.8%, Azeri 6.5%, Armenian 5.7%, Russian 1.5%, other 2.5% (2002 census)
Languages: Georgian (official) 71%, Russian 9%, Armenian 7%, Azeri 6%, other 7%, note: Abkhaz is the official language in Abkhazia
Religions: Orthodox Christian (official) 83.9%, Muslim 9.9%, Armenian-Gregorian 3.9%, Catholic 0.8%, other 0.8%, none 0.7% (2002 census)
Population: 4,555,911 (July 2013 est.)
Urbanization: urban population: 53% of total population (2010), rate of urbanization: -0.4% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Major cities - population: TBILISI (capital) 1.115 million (2009)

System of State Administration of Georgia:
Georgia is a democratic republic, with the President as the head of state, and Prime Minister as the head of government. The executive branch of power is made up of the President and the Cabinet of Georgia. The Cabinet is composed of ministers, headed by the Prime Minister, and appointed by the President. Notably, the ministers of defense and interior are not members of the Cabinet and are subordinated directly to the President of Georgia. Legislative authority is vested in the Parliament of Georgia. It is unicameral and has 150 members, known as deputies, from which 75 members are proportional representatives and 75 are elected through single-member district plurality system, representing their constituencies. Members of parliament are elected for four-year terms.
Georgia is a member of the Council of Europe, while aspiring to join NATO and the European Union. Georgia is divided into two autonomous republics, nine regions (Georgian: mkhare) and the capital city of Tbilisi. The nine regions are Guria, Imereti, Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, and Shida Kartli.
The autonomous republics (Abkhazia and Adjara) were established during the Soviet regime and are recognized by the modern Georgian Constitution. Abkhazia represents a breakaway republic whose independence is not recognized internationally. De jure, Abkhazia is headed by the Chairman of the Supreme Council (in exile) while de facto it is headed by the President. Ajaria, which is headed by the Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers, became fully loyal to the central authorities of Georgia following a peaceful ousting of the former secessionist leader in 2004.
Regions were established by Presidential decrees from 1994 to 1996, on a provisional basis until the secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are resolved. The regional administration is headed by State Commissioner – informally Governor – an official appointed by the President of Georgia. The status of the former South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast – South Ossetia (also referred to as Samachablo or Tskhinvali Region), is the subject of negotiation with the de facto separatist government, headed by the President. The breakaway republic claims the northern part of the Shida Kartli region as its territory, with small parts of neighbouring regions. The regions are subdivided into districts.

The first level divisions of Georgia (9 regions, 2 autonomous republics and City of Tbilisi) are divided into 67 municipalities (before 2006 - district, Georgian raioni) and 5 cities with local governments.

In 1994-1996 based on the Presidential Decrees, 9 large unities (region) of administrative-territorial entities as per Law of Georgia, were created in an experimental form. Each regional division had its authorized representative, assigned by the President of Georgia. The region does not represent local self-governing entity. The regional division approximately coincides with historical and geographic areas of Georgia.
In accordance with the reform undertaken in 2006 on self-governing, the state authorized representative became authorized to undertake state supervision of the lawfulness of the activities of the Municipalities under the region.

EaPTC eligible regions: Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions


Kakheti Region



Administrative Centre: Telavi

Big city in the region: Lagodekhi

Lagodekhi is located in north-east part of Georgia, in Kakheti region, at the border with Azerbaijan. Municipality area is 890,2 sq kilometers, it comprises from one town and 62 villages. Number of population is 52 502.

Social Description:
Level of poverty in Lagodekhi Municipality is officially identified in accordance with official state rating indicators. In accordance with state poverty rating 2447 families in Lagodekhi Municipality are considered as socially unprotected (having rating between 57 000 -150 000 points) and getting state assistance. Social services are mainly delivered by Municipality and by Regional Division of Social Service Agency, belonging to the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Health Care of Georgia.
There is Cultural Centre managed by Municipality which deals with holding the festivals and competitions, local as well as cross border. Museum of regional lore, history and economy is financed by Municipality and has its own income got from ticket sales. Main visitors are pupils (entrance for them is free) and tourists visiting Lagodekhi. Theatre of Lagodekhi (without permanent performance facilities) gets financing from Municipality and from ticket sales. Participates in national theatre competitions and performs cross border activities with Georgian theatre located in Alibegro, Azerbaijan. Two theatres offer joint performances to the audience, played in Azerbaijan and Georgia. All mentioned cultural institutions are involved in cultural life of Municipality and complimenting to cross border cooperation. Especially popular for neighbours in Azerbaijan are festivals, sports competitions and theatre performances organised by Municipality through its relevant division and above mentioned cultural institutions.
Experience in cross-border cooperation
Cross border cooperation in Lagodekhi is rather active. Neighbouring territory in Azerbaijan is inhabited by residents of Georgian origin, so called “Ingilo” (this territory in Georgia is called “Saingilo”). There are joint cultural and sports events and competitions held in “Saingilo” Kakhi and Lagodekhi (football and wrestling). In Kakhi used to perform Georgian Theatre which was recently abolished by Azerbaijan party. These activities are mainly organised by divisions of local municipality.
Education, Cultural, Youth Affairs and Sports Division of Lagodekhi Municipality is very active in organising the sports and cultural events for youth at both sides of border. Soccer and Wrestling competitions are hold annually and teams of Lagodekhi Municipality compete with teams from Azerbaijan side; cultural events such as festivals and theatre performances are held several times during the year; residents from neighbouring cross border cities (Kakhi, Belaqani, Zakatala) participate in these performances.
Cross border cooperation in trade sector is characterised with following features: mumber of residents in Lagodekhi crosses the border to purchase the fuel (petrol and diesel) in Azerbaijan and sell (unofficially) in Georgia. This is done using private cars and long vehicle queues at the border keep Lagodekhi residents waiting to cross the border for hours (sometimes 24 hours in queue). Residents from Azerbaijan side come to Lagodekhi for food products which are cheaper in Georgia than in Azerbaijan. The private project – construction of border market place close to Lagodekhi border check point started several months ago. Construction currently is pending due to unknown reasons. Some residents of Lagodekhi go to neighbouring Azerbaijan (Kakhi, Belakan, other neighbouring regions) for employment. Mainly Lagodekhi residents work there as labour at construction sites.
There are no attempts from any side to create the joint ventures.
Organising of border food market can enhance cross border trade and compliment to increase of employment opportunities on both sides of the border.

Kvemo Kartli Region.



Administrative Centre: Rustavi

Big city in the region: Gardabani

Gardabani is located in south-east part of Georgia, in Kvemo Kartli region, at the border with Azerbaijan. Municipality area is 1304 sq kilometers, it comprises from one town and 32 villages. Number of population is 114 348. Municipality is located close to Tbilisi, the distance from Tbilisi is 30 km. Another big city close to Gardabani is Rustavi; actually Gardabani Municipality is continuation of city of Rustavi. The climate is absolutely similar to Tbilisi, no peculiarities can be noticed.
Social Description:
80% of Gardabani Municipality population is self employed in private agricultural enterprises and farms. Opportunity for state employment is Municipality only. Population which is mainly Azerbaijani by origin, has income from agriculture products sales. Cattle-breeding is not very well developed in Gаrdabani, population here is focused mainly on fruit and vegetable production. Gardabani produces vegetables whole year, using green houses. The main market for sales is Rustavi and Tbilisi.
Real level of poverty in municipality is about 40% of population. Gardabani is located close to Rustavi and Tbilisi and functions more like satellite city rather then independent town. But legally this is totally independent Municipality with rather strong links with Rustavi and Tbilisi.
Social services are mainly delivered by Municipality and by Regional Division of Social Service Agency, belonging to the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Health Care of Georgia.
Sports and cultural facilities are rather limited – due to short distance from Rustavi Gardabani uses Rustavi facilities. Transportation to Rustavi and Tbilisi is not the issue, mini buses leave to the direction of Rustavi in each 10 minutes.
There are several local holidays celebrated locally: “Gardabnoba” – day of Gardabani, celebrated in the first week of October; “Khabnisan” – Assyrian population in Gardabani Municipality celebrates New Year on 1 of April; “Novruz Bayram” – 20-22 of March, national holiday of Azerbaijan origin population.
Experience in cross-border cooperation
The main part of population in Gardabani is Azerbaijan. Neighbours across the border are Azerbaijan as well. But despite of this cross border cooperation in Municipality does not exist. There are no trade, cultural or any other links between municipalities or population on both sides of borders. Municipality could not give the clear reason for that; they just stated that such cooperation did not take place historically. Central Government does not regulate cross border relations in Gardabani Municipality, but population as well as Municipality itself is not very enthusiastic about this issue.