Latvia and Estonia will help Georgia to implement agricultural reforms required for future EU accession. Both EU countries will provide the necessary support through the ENPARD programme, jointly implemented by the EU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2013.
The representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia agreed to cooperate in this area during a recent visit to Estonia and Latvia.
According to a UNDP press release, thanks to its rich experience in agricultural and rural development, the Baltic States can provide the expertise needed to align Georgia’s institutional, legal and administrative systems with the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Its key areas focus on promotion of competitive agriculture and forestry, sustainable management of natural resources, climate protection actions, rural employment and balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities.
“In Georgia, where over 40 per cent of the population live outside the big cities, sustainable rural development has a decisive role in eradicating poverty, reducing inequality and addressing environmental threats. Our goal is to ensure that rural communities receive the much-needed attention from decision-makers, the private sector, and educational and academic institutions to build vibrant rural economies that work for them and their country,” said UNDP Resident Representative Nick Beresford.
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