On 13 May, the EU launched EU4Digital, a new programme supporting the digital economy and society, in Georgia. The project is funded by the EU and will work with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.
The programme aims to extend the benefits of the EU's digital single market to Georgia and the other Eastern partner countries, channelling EU support to develop the potential of the digital economy and society, in order to bring economic growth, generate more jobs, improve living standards and help businesses.
In particular, through EU4Digital the EU will support Georgia to reduce roaming tariffs, develop high-speed broadband to boost economies and expand e-services, harmonise digital frameworks in areas ranging from logistics to health and cyber security, and develop digital skills.
The EU4Digital programme will run from 2019 until 2021. Covering all six countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), it has a total budget of €12 million. The programme will provide technical assistance in the following areas: Telecom rules, including independence of the national regulators, spectrum harmonisation, broadband development, harmonisation of roaming tariffs, and eTrade, including eCommerce, eCustoms and eLogistics. It will also address digital trust and cyber security issues and support the development of digital skills, innovation, start-up ecosystems and eHealth.
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