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20 MARZO 2019

09:35 - Georgia


(ICE) - ROMA, 20 MAR -

Georgia will receive almost €50 million from the EU within the Support for Skill Development financial agreement and about €48 million within the Economic Development and Business Support in Georgia agreement, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has announced after a meeting with EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.  Both agreements were signed last year in Brussels.

While talking about the Skill Development financial agreement, Bakhtadze said that the employment of the Georgian population is the main concern of the government, and vocational education is a highly effective way to overcome this challenge. As for the Economic Development and Business Support in Georgia agreement, its goal is to improve social and economic development in the regions of Georgia.   Bakhtadze stated that the EU is the main trade partner of Georgia and it is especially good that the export of Georgian produce to the EU market is growing every year "up to 800 Georgian companies are represented on the European market and they sell their products with the inscription - Made in Georgia”.

Malmstrom stated that the EU has already invested heavily in Georgia and “we want to increase its magnitude in the following years to make our activities more diverse and diversified and create more job places as a result”.

" Malmstrom  is visiting Georgia, meeting the country’s authorities and representatives from civil society to discuss the functioning of the trade agreement between Georgia and the EU and the sustainability chapter when it comes to labour and environmental issues.

Malmstrom also met Georgian Economy Minister Giorgi Kobulia and President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili.