EU, France and Czechia launch social protection program in Georgia

The European Union, together with France and the Czech Republic, has launched a new project for strengthening social protection in Georgia, which aims to improve and extend social protection services in Georgia.

The objectives of the project are to make social services more accessible at the local level, to improve the analysis of information on social issues and to assist in the development of the Social Code in Georgia.

Social protection comes back to the fundamental values ​​of the European Union. In a democracy, it is the responsibility of all of us to take care of the most vulnerable members of society to ensure that everyone can participate in social life and the democratic process. This is particularly relevant in times of COVID-19, when many people need additional support and protection, said Catalin Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation.

Georgian Deputy Minister of Social Affairs, Tamila Barkalaia, explained that the aim of drafting the Social Code is to protect Georgian citizens from social risks.

Relevant health and social protection systems and mechanisms must be developed. This will be a big step towards European and international standards, she added.

Funded by the EU, the project will last 24 months and will be implemented by Expertise France and the Czech Development Agency (CzDA), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and of Social Affairs of Georgia.

Joel C. Hicks