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Closing Ceremony of the Eu Funded Project "Capacity Building in International Relations, Georgia"

05.02.16

After twenty-seven months work, supporting the development of the closer relationship between Georgia and the European Union, the project: “Capacity Building in International Relations, Georgia” was closed on 5 February, 2016. The project was funded by the European Union through its European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).

The project has operated from the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre, which is the one of the project beneficiaries, and a key institution in the development of the internal training capacity of Georgia in these areas. The aim has been to endow the corps of diplomats and civil servants working in the areas of International Relations and European integration with the professional attributes and capacities necessary for the effective implementation of these new agreements.

Capacity building activities have included 34 seminars on 10 key topics, for strengthening the knowledge, awareness and communication skills of over 500 participants, including diplomats, state officials, media experts and training centre staff, in fields relevant to the EU-Georgia relationship. Nearly fifty participants were invited, on the basis of performance, to participate in four thematically linked study visits to relevant institutions in Belgium, Estonia and Finland. The Diplomatic Training Centre has benefited from the development of eight new training courses and associated trainers; two workshops on the training of trainers; and study visits to around 15 diplomatic academies and related institutions in nine countries. It has now become more widely identified and respected as a fast-developing diplomatic school.

The project has been implemented by a consortium, including the Estonian School of Diplomacy, the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies and led by the College of Europe.

Participants were addressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mikheil Janelidze, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Janos Herman, the project Team Leader, Richard Lucking and the Director of the Diplomatic Training Centre, Maia Kipshidze.

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