Our organization “In depth Reporting and Advocacy Center” launched its operations in February 2014 and with the constant financial support of the EU Delegation, British Embassy, GGF (Good Governance Fund UK) Dutch Embassy, President of Georgia’s fund, USAID, “Open Society –Georgia” we implemented a number of projects aimed at raising Georgian public’s interest towards EU-Georgia approximation process, with the special focus on AA/DCFTA’s practical benefits to Georgian public. This website brings you everything you need to know about issues related to the Association and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreements signed with the EU. The site explains the content and details of its provisions and how specific changes in legislation and licensing may impact on your business activities. On our site, you will find views and perspectives from the business sector, agriculture, private business, cooperatives, other unions and interest groups.
Apart from the other topics of Association Agreement the articles on this website provide practical solutions, commentaries on individual requirements imposed by the DCFTA on entrepreneurs, investment benefits that Georgia will enjoy after association with the European Union. The website also provides information about the opportunities offered by opening European markets to local entrepreneurs, and realistic assessment of how likely their products are to reach customers in the EU member states. The site features articles, news, interviews, discussions, analytical pieces and audio-visual materials – in short, everything that you need to know about the ongoing integration process between Georgia and the European Union.
Recent and ongoing activities: In order to raise public awareness on DCFTA related issues we conducted more than 150 regional meetings within the frameworks of various projects in order to clarify and explain to target groups the essence of the DCFTA, how it works and what practical benefits it brings to them. To illustrate these benefits our staff has collected a file of success stories on local producers of goods, products and on those services that managed to enter European markets.
Our Center spelled out the EU directives and legal regulations to different groups involved in production or farming to help them in bring up production standards and singled out opportunities that can address their challenges on the way of transformation.
We have published and disseminated up to 600 in depth stories, blogs, infographics, as well as recommendations to the government, analyses and more.
Together with our partners we have prepared 70 video stories, based on our online articles, and disseminated them though the GARB network (Association of Regional Broadcasters).
We have advocated more then 100 small and medium producers, which means that we have consulted them on various governmental, EU and international aid programs to boost the local production according modern EU standards. Under the advocacy activities we have achieved concrete results and thus concrete producers received concrete financial aid and got successfully involved in the programs. We have established the Association of Burry Producers which is currently working on research on berries’ value chain and are working with individual producers per their request.
Besides: our stuff members regularly participate in Tbilisi based and regional TV Channels’ programs, dedicated to business and economic. They also take part in the discussions on the production and entrepreneurship issues related to EU-Georgia approximation process. Thus the information we work on and published is being disseminated throughout Georgia via various information resources both TV and internet on the constant basis.
We have signed a memorandum on co-operation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Adjara’s Public Broadcaster and EU-GBC. Our articles are regularly published in the Monthly Magazine of the Ministry of Euro Atlantic Integration.
At the same time we work on combating anti-western propaganda in Georgia. We write in depth stories on Russian internal matters including economy, social issues and military field, thus giving clear picture on how western sanctions affected processes in this country.