10 years of EU’s Twinning instrument in Georgia

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2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the EU Twinning instrument in Georgia. In order to celebrate the progress achieved and reflect on the lessons learnt, the anniversary event took place in the country’s capital of Tbilisi on 1 October.

Since 2009, a number of Twinning projects have been successfully launched and implemented, covering the majority of the key priority areas of cooperation highlighted in the strategic documents at both national and international levels.

Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia, Ambassador Carl Hartzell, and the country’s first Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, emphasised the importance of EU support in the course of the reforms undertaken by the country.

Twinning is a long-term, institution-building instrument that uses institutional cooperation to help partner countries acquire the necessary skills and expertise to approximate EU legislation. Established in 1998 to support candidate and potential candidate countries in their accession efforts, Twinning was launched in 2004 and also includes countries covered by the European Neighbourhood policies.

The countries covered include Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Belarus, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia and Ukraine.

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