From January 2015, Association of Young Economists of Georgia is running the project – “V4 Countries Reforming Experience for Georgia and Ukraine”.
Georgia and Ukraine as the countries aspiring to the membership of EU has a lot to learn from Visegrad experience. Under the experience is meant those reforms in social and economic affairs that have been undertaken in the group of four countries: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Trade remedies, Public procurement, Competition and Transparency are non-exhaustive list of policy issues on that the experts from V4 will share their insights to their Georgian colleagues. Sharing of experience will be documented: under the project will be published collection of analytic articles involving international and national experts. Publication on Georgian and on English languages will make it usable as in Georgia as well as out of Georgia with special value to Ukraine and to other EaP countries.
The Visegrad Group – A Central European Constellation is a vivid example of regional cooperation to the rest of the world. By the words of Czech writer and politician, former President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003) addressing the Polish Parliament: “The years of similar destinies and struggles for similar ideals ought therefore to be assessed in the light of genuine friendship and mutual respect; … This authentic friendship – based on a proper understanding of the destiny imposed…, on the common lessons it taught us, and above all on the common ideals that now unite us – should ultimately inform a proper coordination of our policies in a process we both refer to as “the return to Europe.”
These words from 1990 of known politician were not just a part of emotional speech but rather strong policy direction that worked out it practice. Return to Europe has come in real. Now it’s turn for other countries aspiring to the membership of EU to take their mutual actions and return to Europe.
The letter is genuinely true for Ukraine and Georgia. Thanks to International Visegrad Fund V4 experience is available for Georgia and for Ukraine via the project: Sharing Experience of Visegrad Countries at the forefront of EU Georgia Association agreement.
V4 experience for ongoing matters and for future reformers is the approach that determined to hold several public lectures at higher educational and civil society organizations in Georgia and in Ukraine. The list of this activity covers the following organizations:
Grigol Robakidze University Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Conference office of Association of Small Towns of Ukraine
Office of Association of Young Economists of Georgia
Discussion of a Visegrad phenomena and the way this cooperation promoted the processes of EU integration of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland was of a special interest for young students and civil society representatives.
For coming date on 11th of December, 2015 united conference gathering all project experts will be held in Georgia, Tbilisi, where project international and national experts will have opportunity to sum up their recommendations for better policy directions for Ukraine and for Georgia with one goal – speed up reformation process leading to the membership of European Union.