On 7 February, the EU announced the launch of three new projects in Georgia to support the country’s municipalities in promoting local economic growth and development.
The three pioneer projects will be implemented by the Bolnisi, Gori and Tbilisi City municipalities in the framework of the EU-supported “Mayors for Economic Growth” initiative. These municipalities were competitively selected by the European Commission during a call for proposals from the local administrations of the Eastern Partner countries, and have received a total of around €1.4 million in grant funding.
“Municipalities can make real changes on the ground with a direct impact on economic growth and living conditions of the population. This is why the EU strongly supports local authorities to become active facilitators for sustainable development and economic growth,” said Carlo Natale, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia.
Around 50 high level officials from the participating municipalities and ministries, representatives of the European Commission in Brussels and the EU Delegation to Georgia, as well as delegates from relevant business associations and the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia took part in the launch event for the projects.
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