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Main fields of Cooperation

Georgia and Estonia have close friendly and strategic relations in almost every sphere of cooperation. Nearly 20 international agreements, signed between the two countries, create solid legal basis for cooperation is the fields of defense and security, economy and tourism, environmental protection, education, culture and more. Countries cooperate productively within the International organizations.

Georgia is one of the priority countries of Estonian "Development Cooperation" program since 2006. Around 200 projects have been implemented. In 2006-2015 financial support amounted over 6 mln Euros. Central areas of Estonian-Georgian development cooperation for the period 2016-2018 derive from Georgia's development priorities, which are based on socio-economic development strategy "Georgia 2020", the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and the Association Agenda: Strengthening of democratic state structures and systems, Improving the quality of education, Support for entrepreneurship, as well as human rights, gender equality, ICT, environment protection etc. Also, Estonian experts are providing practical support and share experience in different spheres, including vocational and general education, culture, strategic communications, public administration etc. Estonia has exclusive experience in developing e-Governence systems. In November 2015, Estonian side, started implementation of the Twinning Project “Support to Strengthening of e-Governance in Georgia II” with the Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

Georgia and Estonia cooperate in the field of defense, including military education. Estonia finances the representatives of Georgia to study at Baltic Defense College of Tartu. High-level defense course is supported by the Estonian side. Being one the leading countries in cyber security in the EU and NATO, Estonia helps raising Georgia’s cyber security capabilities, trainings and consultations are organized. Business fora with participation of Georgian and Estonian Business representatives are held regularly in order to foster economic cooperation and fully use the existing investment potential. In 2015 the countries agreed on promotion and reciprocal protection of investments. Active cooperation is ongoing between the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Estonian School of Diplomacy, which annually offers scholarships to Georgian public servants, to pass diploma courses. In 2011 Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP) was funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and the Estonian School of Diplomacy that helps to develop administrative capacities of civil servants and senior officials from Eastern Partner countries, foster relations between the state institutions of Estonia and Eastern Partner countries and the civil society as well as contribute towards achieving EU’s Eastern Partnership policy goals.

Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs annually grants scholarships for the students from Georgia for studies at the Technical University of Tallinn, Universities of Tartu and Tallinn.

The legislative bodies of the two countries cooperate successfully. Both Parliaments practice Parliamentary friendship groups. Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu) has adopted number of resolutions and statements reaffirming the unwavering support of Estonia to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as country’s European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

Cooperation in the field of culture is active and productive. On July 21-28, 2013, Opera and Ballet Theatres of Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi participated in Saaremaa International Opera Festival. This event was unprecedented in terms of promotion of Georgian culture in Estonia as well as Baltic/Nordic region.

In 2013, Georgian-Estonian co-production the movie “Tangerines” was released, which has been awarded at number of international film festivals. In 2015 Georgia was the “Focus country” of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) which is one of the main cultural events in the country. 

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Useful Links

Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Estonia
Embassy of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
President of the Republic of Estonia
Parliament of the Republic of Estonia
Government of the Republic of Estonia