Development Cooperation with Georgia

Lithuania, having become a member of the European Union (EU), helps the countries of the Eastern Partnership to seek political association and economic integration with the EU. Good neighbourly relations with these countries, also known as the Eastern Partners, and their full support in implementing broad political, economic and social reforms are a coherent priority of Lithuania's foreign policy.

Lithuania supports Georgia by strengthening its administrative and institutional capacity to implement reforms related to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, sharing experience, providing training and legal advice. Lithuania strives for bilateral co-operation to contribute to strengthening democracy and civil society by promoting European and Euro-Atlantic integration and promoting social and economic activity.

In 2019, EUR 557,800 was allocated for development cooperation with Georgia. EUR 182,000 was designated from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme for bilateral projects and voluntary contribution, and EUR 375,800 was allocated by other Lithuanian institutions for the implementation of development cooperation activities with Georgia. The Ministry of Environment provided the majority of the support, by subsidizing renewable energy projects.

In 2019 the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has financed 13 bilateral development cooperation projects in the following areas: support for good governance, economic growth, strengthening democracy and civil society, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, capacity building for regional development and local authorities and environmental protection.

Throughout 2005 - 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania through its Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme has financed the implementation of 200 projects in Georgia for more than EUR 2,1 million.

Main areas of Lithuania's development cooperation with Georgia in 2018-2020:

> Support for sustainable economic growth, taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA/DCFTA);

> Regional development and strengthening of self-governance in Georgia;

> Strengthening democracy, self-governance, civil society and strategical communication;

> Promoting women's social and economic activity in the regions of Georgia.