European Union and Georgia: Stronger Together
EU and Georgia ties have been in place for over 25 years, and today are closer than ever. The EU is Georgia’s largest trading partner, and since 2016 relations are based on the EU-Georgia Association Agreement which provides the foundations for political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia.
Key benefits from this relationship include a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) which opens the EU market to Georgian business and products, and visa free travel to the Schengen area for Georgian citizens since 28 March 2017.
You can find more on EU-Georgia relations here.
In addition, the EU is Georgia’s largest donor and provides over €120 million of grant money annually to support Georgia’s ambitious reform agenda. This assistance focus on economic development and education, governance and human rights, environment and people to people contacts. It can take the form of direct financial support to the Government, technical assistance projects, grants to civil society or access to EU programmes such as Erasmus+, Horizon2020 or Creative Europe.
This website provides detailed information on this support and highlights impact on the ground.
An overview of the impact this assistance is providing can be found here.