11/20/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2023 02:13
The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Mrs. Nino Tandilashvili, and the Deputy Minister for Regional Development Mr. Radim Sršeň, reviewed rural development policy-related issues, the methods of operation of local development groups (LAGs) in compliance with the European LEADER approach, the importance of youth engagement in rural development, and capacity building for local farmers.
The First Deputy Minister thanked the Czech partners for their support.
''Successful cooperation with the Czech government links us in the environmental protection and agricultural fields. We are intensively cooperating with the Czech Development Agency to expand protected areas and establish a new management system. Moreover, the Agency is our active partner under the EU Neighborhood Program for Rural and Agricultural Development (ENPARD).
Today, we are facing a historic moment, the European Commission has given a positive recommendation regarding the granting of EU candidate status to Georgia, and we are expecting a positive decision in December, thus, the support of our partners, including the Czech Republic, is crucial in this process", said Mrs. Nino Tandilashvili.
The Deputy Minister of Regional Development emphasized the opportunities to further strengthen the support of local farmers in the municipalities.
During the meeting, the parties also addressed the prospects of future cooperation.
Mrs. Jana Zelingerova, the Head of Development Cooperation of the Czech Embassy in Georgia, attended the meeting.