To enhance ties in civil protection and disaster risk management, the European Commission and the Emergency Management Service of Georgia will sign an administrative arrangement in Tbilisi.

“The signature of this arrangement is an important step to foster even closer cooperation between the EU and Georgia,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides. “To protect people, property and environment from disasters more effectively, we all need to be better prepared. I am very pleased to seal during my visit to Tbilisi our renewed and strengthened cooperation in civil protection.”

According to a Commission press release, the EU will further support the development of civil protection capacities in Georgia, gradually bringing the country closer to the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

Since 2010, the EU has provided close to €4.5m on disaster preparedness in Georgia. Brussels is preparing further assistance targeting civil protection, emergency management and the implementation of Georgia’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear strategy.