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Eastern Partnership Countries Embark on Territorial Cooperation

July 9, 2014

July 4, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia – the representatives of the Eastern Partnership countries have confirmed theircommon willing to boost closer links of border regions and launch territorial cooperation programmes.

The priorities, objectives, institutional basis and management mechanisms of the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC) are the high topics of discussions at the International Conference “Launching Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programmes” successfully held today in Georgian capital Tbilisi.

For the first time more than 160 representatives of central and regional authorities, civil society organizations and independent experts from all six Eastern Partnership countries have gathered together to give a start to the territorial cooperation grant programmes. The border regions may enjoy an opportunity to get EU funds for joint projects aimed at finding joint solutions to common regional development challenges. The budget of the EaPTC programmeis split among the four programmes as follows: Armenia – Georgia 1.35 mn EUR; Azerbaijan – Georgia 1.35 mn EUR; Belarus – Ukraine 3.3 mn EUR and Moldova – Ukraine 3.3 mn EUR. GIZ acts as a Management Authority of the EaPTC Programmes.

The Conference has revealed the readiness of the participating countries to launch application for programme grants. Armenia-Georgia TC programme is the first to reach the threshold of the Call for Proposals: cooperation partners have already endorsed the priorities of territorial cooperation and approved theJoint Operational Programme.

Tengiz Shergelashvili, First Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, states: “The Georgian side welcomes the start of territorial cooperation programmes. We do believe that territorial cooperation will contribute to strengthening neighborhood relations of Georgia with Armenia and with Azerbaijan”. Mariam Rakviashvili, Deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia underlines: “Georgia has upgraded its relations with the EU by signing the Association Agreement. The EaP Conference on Territorial Cooperation takes place in the new political context”. Alexei Sekarev, EaPTC Support Programme Team Leader adds: “The EaPTC Support Programme has rendered substantial assistance to the participating countries to make the launch of Territorial Cooperation Programmes possible. We hope to achieve new tangible results in the near future”.

The organizer of the event is the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Support Programme (EaPTC Support Programme).

Photos of the working moments of the Conference can be found here: http://eaptc.eu/en/gallery.html

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