Georgia 2016 report

Policies and Measures
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Georgian National Book Centre (GNBC) Regional, National, International financial, institutional
Preferential Tax and Procurement Policy for Culture and Creative Sector National, International legislative, regulatory
Promoting Georgian Culture Abroad Regional, National, International financial, institutional
Supporting Cultural Expression of Ethnic Minorities Regional, National financial, institutional
Georgian Culture Strategy 2025 Local, Regional, National, International legislative, regulatory, financial, institutional
Supporting Dissemination of Culture in the Regions Local, Regional, National financial, institutional
Social Coherence and Integration Policy National regulatory
Creative Georgia Local, Regional, National, International financial, institutional
Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC) National financial, institutional
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Fostering International Cultural Cooperation International legislative, regulatory, financial, institutional
EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme International financial, institutional
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
EU-Georgia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Regional, National, International legislative, regulatory
Visa Facilitation International regulatory
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Developing Cultural Tourism in Georgia Regional, National, International financial, institutional
Culture and Creative Industries in Innovations Policy Regional, National, International financial, institutional
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Culture and Education International financial
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Public-sector Support for Diversity on Broadcasting Local, Regional, National, International legislative, regulatory, financial, institutional
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Raising Awareness about Gender Equality Through Culture and Arts National, International regulatory, financial, institutional
Promoting Gender Equality in Georgia National, International legislative, institutional
YOUTH
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
National Youth Policy of Georgia Regional, National regulatory, financial, institutional
Become a Young Ambassador of Your Country International financial
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Promoting Georgian Culture Abroad

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The goal of the programme is to raise the visibility and image of Georgia in the world through culture. The programme aims at promoting internationally the national cultural operators and professionals, artists, creative industries and supporting students advancing arts and culture studies abroad. The programme also supports organisation of international cultural events aimed at attracting foreign cultural operators and artists to Georgia and encouraging networking, exchanges, intercultural dialogue and cooperation.

 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The measure represents the special programme of the MoCMP that includes both the budget allocated for international dimension of activities carried out by 86 LEPLs founded by the Ministry and projects proposed by various applicants. The programme supports participation of Georgian artists and cultural operators in various international cultural events organised in foreign countries  as are festivals, concerts, competitions, national cultural events abroad and supporting students culture and arts studies  in foreign countries. It also supports organisation of international festivals in Georgia.

In 2015 Georgian artists and cultural operators participated in 30 music, film, theatre, folk festivals organised in foreign countries.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Implementation of the measure results to better positioning of Georgian culture at international level. It will increase production of compatible cultural goods and services, export opportunities and will improve visibility and image of the country. Georgia will better attract foreign investments adding value to national economy. 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

Annually 7mln Gel (2.8 mln Euro) in average is amounted for the programme, out of which 665 000 Gel (266 000 Euro) is contributed for organisation of cultural days and events in foreign countries; 2, 295 000 Gel (918 000 Euro) participation of national cultural operators and  artists in cultural events organised abroad as well as supporting arts students studies in foreign countries and 3 310 000 Gel (1 324 000 Euro)for organisation of international cultural events in Georgia.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Georgian Culture Strategy 2025

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Vision of the Strategy is to ' Develop Georgia as a creative country and regional hub where innovation and creativity, along with safeguarding and revitalising national heritage and cultural diversity, are the fundamental pillars of social wellbeing and sustainable development'. For that purpose, State aims at:

  • developing a knowledge-based, innovative and creative society; 
  • ensuring invovlment of all groups of society in creation of culture and in cultural life;
  • positioning culture in different areas of sustainable development and social life; 
  • developing a modern infrastructure and new technology in the cultural sector; 
  • increasing cultural funding and employment opportunities; 
  • encouraging development of cultural economics and cultural industries; 
  • promoting internationalisation of culture and strengthening its branding within the global context; 
  • democratising the governance of culture

 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Georgian Culture Strategy is a fundamental document elaborated through the series of long-term consultations between different groups of society and the analysis of different national and international documents including various conventions and treaties.  It is based on the Constitution of Georgia and takes into consideration current legislation and recent national cultural policy documents as well as international obligations and principles stated in different international legal instruments.

The Culture Strategy of Georgia determines the State’s vision, goals and objectives in the cultural and creative sector. The document identifies the problem solving process for the long-term and addresses a variety of challenges in different areas of culture and creativity. The Strategy also contributes to raising awareness of the new role of culture in social wellbeing and sustainable development – revealing the role of culture and creativity in country’s economic growth, social development and environmental protection. 

This document takes two approaches. First it determines 8 transversal themes and relateds goals, objectives that are common to all cultural sectors and second it highlights specific tasks for each culture and creativity sub-sector.  The Strategy is focused on creation of a favorable environment for safeguarding, revitalising and developing culture as a national identity. 

The Strategy is based on publicity, civic participation and on transparent decision-making processes. It encourages collaboration between central and municipal authorities, non-governmental organisations (guilds and associations), foundations, international donor organisations, the business sector, educational institutions and the independent cultural professionals. It aims to  develop the creative sector through initiating institutional and legislative reform and to guarantee  diversity of cultural expressions.

 

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Georgian Culture Strategy is a fundamental document elaborated through the series of long-term consultations between different groups of society and the analysis of different national and international documents including various conventions and treaties.  It is based on the Constitution of Georgia and takes into consideration current legislation and recent national cultural policy documents as well as international obligations and principles stated in different international legal instruments.

The Culture Strategy of Georgia determines the State’s vision, goals and objectives in the cultural and creative sector. The document identifies the problem solving process for the long-term and addresses a variety of challenges in different areas of culture and creativity. The Strategy also contributes to raising awareness of the new role of culture in social wellbeing and sustainable development – revealing the role of culture and creativity in country’s economic growth, social development and environmental protection. 

This document takes two approaches. First it determines 8 transversal themes and related goals, objectives that are common to all cultural sectors and second it highlights specific tasks for each culture and creativity sub-sector.  The Strategy is focused on creation of a favorable environment for safeguarding, revitalising and developing culture as a national identity. 

The Strategy is based on publicity, civic participation and on transparent decision-making processes. It encourages collaboration between central and municipal authorities, non-governmental organisations (guilds and associations), foundations, international donor organisations, the business sector, educational institutions and the independent cultural professionals. It aims to  develop the creative sector through initiating institutional and legislative reform and to guarantee  diversity of cultural expressions.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Georgian Government
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The average annual budget of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection during reporting period was 90  mln. Georgian Laris. However, the budget for implementation of the measure could be estimated after adoption of the strategy implementation biannual action plans. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Supporting Cultural Expression of Ethnic Minorities

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

One of the main principles of the state policy regarding the ethnic minorities is its integration into countries political and sustainable development.  With this regard, priority is given to the promotion of cultural expressions of national/ethnic minorities through increasing their role in the country’s cultural life, protecting and development of their traditions, creating tolerant environment and the encouraging intercultural exchanges.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

According to the commitments of the Convention, In 2013 The MoCMP of Georgia introduced the special programme under the state budget plan supporting cultural expressions of national/ethnic minorities. The MoCMP subsidises 3 theatres, 2 museums, belonging to ethnic minorities and allocates funds for various projects both initiated by and addressed to national minorities.  The above projects include funding of ethnic folk ensembles, several newspapers, journals, publications, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, crafts dedicated or initiated by ethnic minorities (in total about 70 projects) have been supported.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

During the reporting period the following cultural activities were supported by the MoCMP related with ethnic minorities: publication of 4 magazines/journals in Russian, Azeri and Armenian languages; publication of: books by Ossetian and Azeri authors and collection of Ossetian poetry, translation of book into Azeri and Osetian languages about the greatest Georgians; 2 albums of artists representing ethnic minorities, 2  catalogues about German artists living in Georgia and about Culture of Weinachs (northern Caucasian ethnic group ); events related to Georgia-Jewish 26 century  friendship; Also, Caucasus Jazz annual festival, folk festival with participation of all ethnic minorities residing in Georgia (200 participants; 14 ensembles); Carpet Festival organized by ethnic Azeries including workshops aimed at transferring know-how about traditional technologies of knitting carpets.,  the project “Diverse Georgia”, promoting Georgian culture in regions populated by ethnic minorities.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The average annual budge allocated for the programme accounts 2 mln Gel (85000 Euros) 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Supporting Dissemination of Culture in the Regions

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure aims at increasing access to culture in the regions and promoting diversity of cultural expressions by improving cultural eco-system in the regions.

The objectives of the measure are as follows:

  • foster cultural and social inclusion of people residing in the regions;
  • promote the cultural expressions and participation of all peoples in culture;
  • maintain and develop cultural sites, spaces and infrastructure.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

One of the challenges for cultural diversity is the gap between so called “centre” and “provinces/peripheries”. Local self-governance is the main body governing culture in the regions, however, there are several cultural institutions founded by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia as Legal Entities of Public Law. Also various cultural projects are supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

MoC has supported several programmes and projects in the regions covering all the subsectors of culture and creativity: music, literature, theater, dance, traditional crafts, visual arts, cinema. The Ministry also has financed special programmes and projects promoting cultural expressions of national and ethnic minorities, women, indigenous people including people with special needs, IDPs, people residing at occupied territories and etc.  

MoC of Georgia is in most cases the main partner of various international festivals. It is also initiator and organizer of various cultural projects and events in the regions. The literary-educational project “Live Books” traveled from region to region and involved Georgian writers which meet pupils of public schools and local population and present their work. The project "Cinema at School" realized by the Georgian National Film Centre was implemented in all the regions. The Ministry published the catalogue “Souvenirs from Georgia” promoting national crafts and providing data on craftsman living in various regions; the development of regional theaters, libraries and museums is ensured by different projects. 

Rehabilitation of cultural infrastructure and monuments in the regions are supported by the municipality authorities, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The policy measure encouraged engaging of regional population in cultural life and activities; Cultural infrastructure as well as tourism potential and visibility of the regions have been improved;  

The number of festivals held in regions increases every year (17 music festivals, 10 film festivals, 4 festivals of contemporary arts etc.) and in 2015, the number of visitors of these events reached 300 000 (130 000 Euro) in total. In 2015, 960 film screenings in the regions were attended by the total of 12000 children.

During the Reporting period rehabilitation and conservations of 400 cultural heritage monuments amounted in 35 mln Gel (12 mln. Euro) were done across the country.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Local Municipalities
Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Social Coherence and Integration Policy

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Georgia is a multicultural country that values the diversity and considers it as one of the main sources of society’s strength. Accordingly, the integration policy of government of Georgia aims to support cultural dialogue and sustain the protection and promotion of cultural diversity.

The main objectives of this policy are as follows:

  • promote tolerance and respect among ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious groups living in Georgia;
  • create preconditions for minorities to participate in the political, social, economic and cultural life of Georgia;
  • protect and promote cultural diversity;
  • develop minorities’ cultures and preserve essential elements of their identity, including religion, language, traditions and cultural heritage.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

For the purposes of ensuring integration, civic equality and promoting cultural dialogue, several state strategic documents have been elaborated during the past years.

  • National Concept for Tolerance and Civic Integration (2009) with its action plan (2009-14) was elaborated by the office of the State Minister of Georgia in the Reconciliation and Civic Equality. Intergovernmental commission was established to ensure the provision of special budget for implementation of this document; the main goal of the document is to support the building of democratic and consolidated civil society based on common values, which considers diversity as a source of its strength and provides every citizen with the opportunity to maintain and develop his/her identity.
  • Based on the assessment of National Concept, the office of the State Minister of Georgia in the Reconciliation and Civic Equality elaborated the Civic Equality and Integration strategy 2015-2020 (in 2015) with the purpose of protecting national minorities and promoting of a society that is based on the values of diversity and pluralism as determinants of democracy and development. The strategy underlines Georgia’s rich history of multiculturalism, and positive experience of tolerant coexistence.
  • Strategy aims to protect cultural identity and cultural values of every citizen and to create preconditions for proper inclusiveness of all ethnic minorities residing in Georgia using the principle “more diversity, more integration”.

The main goals of the strategy are as follows:

  • equal and full participation in civil and political life;
  • creating equal social and economic conditions and opportunities;
  • providing access to high quality education and improving knowledge of the state language;
  • preserving ethnic minorities’ culture and promoting a tolerant environment. 

The action plan of strategy aims to implement several measures towards:

  • supporting small and vulnerable ethnic minority target groups;
  • encouraging cultural diversity;
  • protection and popularisation of ethnic minorities’ cultural heritage etc. 
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The implementation of mentioned measures should result in:

  • society’s increased awareness on cultural diversity;
  • increased tolerance and respect, developed intercultural dialogue and contacts among ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious groups living in Georgia;
  • better conditions for preserving minorities’ cultural identity and protecting their cultural heritage;
  • ensured participation of minorities in the cultural life of Georgia and better conditions for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expression.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The office of the State Minister of Georgia in the Reconciliation and Civic Equality
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Creative Georgia

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The aim of the policy initiative is presenting the content, unique features, economic, social and regional value and creating a sustainable platform promoting development of creative industries in Georgia; The objectives of the initiative are as follows:

  • supporting start-ups and establishment of creative businesses and increasing its exportability;
  • encouraging cooperation, networking and clustering between creative individuals, the industrial and service sectors that ensure the best use of the abilities, talents and creativity of creative people with the aim of developing and becoming more competitive;
  • creating a favourable environment for increasing economic value of creative industries;
  • increasing production of high-quality and competitive goods and services;
  • protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and related rights contributing to the development of creative industries in a competitive and fair environment.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Despite the fact, that there was no policy for developing Creative Georgia until 2015, some of creative industries accounting crafts, fashion and film sectors were actively supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. In particular: The catalogue – Souvenirs from Georgia aimed at promoting craftsmen and their production has regularly being updated; From 2013 onwards Georgia has being an important guest at different crafts fairs and exhibitions, such as Strasbourg Christmas Market, L’ARTIGIANO in Fiera, Surajkund Craft Mela at India, etc.; MoC actively supports Tbilisi Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi contributing to the networking of national and international designers, connecting the buyers with producers, etc; the Georgian National Film Centre in partnership with Enterprise Georgia developed cash rebate system in 2015, aimed at attracting international producers and local and international investors to shoot in Georgia.

From 2015 onwards, Creative Industries will represent the priority dimension for the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia as well as for the Innovations Strategy 2016 – 2020 of Georgia that encourage creative thinking amongst young generation, promote exports (though online platforms, such as Ebay.com, Google Play, etc.) and facilitating distance working (through freelancer.com, upwork.com, etc.).

Ministry of Culture initiated the formation of the Inter-Governmental Creative Georgia Platform composed of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Tbilisi City Hall. The aim of the Platform is to mobilise all available resources at relevant governmental agencies in order to implement joint programmes, projects and events aimed at developing creative industries in Georgia. 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Policy will ensure sustainable and coordinated development of enterprises in creative sectors. Creativity will be enhanced in the business community through synergies between creative people and companies and the rest of the economy; different subsectors will have equal opportunity for development and the sustainability of the businesses will be ensured. The employees will have fair remuneration and export opportunities will be increased.  

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Inter-governmental Platform Creative Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The budget for implementation of the Creative Georgia will be estimated in 2017 after adoption of the Culture Strategy Implementation biannual Action Plan incorporating Development of Creative Industries in Georgia.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC)

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The GNFC supports the development of Georgian film industry at the levels of project development, production, distribution and promotion. The Center promotes Georgia's rich film culture, strives to preserve its traditions and aims to create a competitive market. One of the priorities of the Georgian National Film Center is to turn films into a product that will facilitate economic development of the country as well as safeguarding its cultural and educational values. The goal is to retain  national film traditions and, at the same time, lay the ground work for the development of contemporary Georgian movies. Since its establishment GNFC provides financial investment in films, represents the country at international film festivals and markets, supports organisation of international film festivals locally, issues numerous publications and funds  projects aimed at the awareness raising and promoting movies in Georgia. The main objectives of the Georgian National Film Center are :

  • Fostering national production, distribution and promotion of films
  • Determining the strategic for the development of the Georgian film sector ensuring cultural diversity;
  • Funding local film production;
  • Facilitating the development of film education; 
  • Developing International relations and promoting intercultural dialogue through films; 
  • Developing film export at the local and international level; 
  • Facilitating the development of film infrastructure.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

 Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC) is a Legal Entity of Public Law established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, although it operates at arm's-length from government. GNFC is a  main funding agency for film  (90 financed movies in 2012-2015) actively supporting the development of the film industry in Georgia. It develops international business links and supports international coproduction (i.e. Cash rebate system which offers producers 25% rebates of qualified expenses incurred in Georgia.This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the Ministry of Economy and Enterprise Georgia aimed at developing local film production, attracting foreign film production, developing country’s tourism potential and increasing country's visibility and direct foreign investments. In addition to this regulation another amendment was done in the national Tax Code, according to which the beneficiary filmmakers of the Georgian National Film Centre will be subject to profit taxation only after the film release and 100% amortization right will be applied ). The membership of Eurimages since 2011 is also a very effective instrument in this direction (16 realized coproduction with European countries for nowadays).

The GNFC also supports the development of distribution, sales, rentals of Georgian films, invests in audience development activities. Since 2014 it leads the educational project "Cinema at schools", which covers all the regions of Georgia with 205 villages in total and promotes Georgian films abroad ( Festivals, retrospectives and film markets etc.). Since 2011 GFNC is also a member of the European Film Promotion (EFP) - a network promoting european films and Film New Europe (FNE)- digital media covering international film industry. It has received also the grant under Creative Europe programme. 

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Implementation of the policy has increased production of films in Georgia. Since the accession to EURIMAGES, there are 16 realized coproduction with European countries. Membership also created opportunities for tangible benefits for the Georgian filmmakers in the form of obtaining alternative funding in line with co-productions and distribution / exhibition.

International Positioning of Georgian film sector has been improved. Georgian projects are better introduced at various European fairs, forums and festivals. Some of the achievements of this direction are: membership to the  EURIMAGES, the Film New Europe and to the European Film Promotion. Evidence at international film markets has been increased (boat meetings, the co-production market of Cottbus film festival, the Wiesbaden film festival, industry events at the Sarajevo Film Festival, and the Sofia Meetings). These events encouraged Georgian filmmakers to seek alternative funding, develop their projects and master their networking and pitching skills;

There is already an internationally recognised new wave of young Georgian filmmakers reviving the country’s Soviet-era reputation for filmmaking. Attractiveness, including economical benefits for foreign investors making and production of films in Georgia, have widely been promoted. The number of investments into Georgian film industry including foreign investments have been increased. Various international film productions have been attracted by the GNFC to Georgia. Georgian movies have wan several top prizes and awards at the most prominent international film festivals. GFNC, also hosts several international film festivals. 

During 2012-2015 period 90 projects were financed by the GNFC amounting to 11 326 773  Gel (4 500 000 Euro).

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
The Georgian National Film Centre;
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

In 2012-2013 per year  4 200 000 Gel (1 680 000 Euro) and in 2014-2015 per year 5 200 000 Gel (2 080 000 Euro) was allocated for GNFC by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. 

 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Georgian National Book Centre (GNBC)

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Georgian National Book Center was established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The Center aims at enhancing intercultural dialogue through literature and strengthening the publishing sector. The objectives of the GNBC are to promote:

  • Georgian books and literature abroad;
  • Foreign literature in Georgia
  • Centuries-long Georgian intellectual resources to the international literary and publishing arena. 

Also, to maintain cultural diversity in the book sector and to encourage foreign publishing  houses to  publish Georgian literature.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Georgian National Book Center (GNBC) is operating at arm’s-length from government even though it is the state funding agency established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia in 2014.

Georgian National Book Center (GNBC) is operating at arm’s-length from government even though it is the state funding agency established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia in 2014.

The Georgian National Book Center supports, by different measures and schemes promotion of Georgian literature abroad and vice versa. It also fosters the development of publishing sector. 

The translation program of the Georgian National Book Center is designed for foreign and local publishing houses willing to translate and publish Georgian and/or foreign literature. The GNBC priorities include:

  • Designing the strategy for promotion of Georgian literature abroad and supporting its translation into foreign languages as well as publication;
  • Designing the strategy for the improvement of translation quality through providing professional programmes for translators and critics (special seminars, workshops, conferences and short-term residence programs for translators;
  • Organizing special professional seminars, conferences and forums for the development of the publishing sector in Georgia;
  • Supporting the participation of Georgian Publishers at international book fairs and organising  collective stands of Georgia.

The model, which was elaborated by the Georgian National Book Center for supporting translations is largely oriented towards raising the interest of foreign publishing houses. The GNBC covers:

  • translation costs 100% ; 
  • printing costs (50-100%)
  • translation and printing costs (maximum of 50% of entire budget of the project)
  • Georgian National Stands at International Book Fairs. 
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Policy ensures the development of Georgian book sector and fosters its visibility at the international level. From 2015 to 2018, one of the key projects of the GNBC is to ensure Georgia’s presence at Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, as the Guest of Honor country. 

In 2012-2015 the GNBC and  the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia supported about 100 international projects involving publishing houses from 18 countries.  Since 2008, Georgia has been presented at the following international book fairs: The Frankfurt Book Fair (2007-2016), The Leipzig Book Fair (2012-2016), The London Book Fair (2013-2016), Bologna Children’s Book Fair (2016). The GNBC also supported 100 literary events abroad (presentations, discussions, readings) and professional programs (for translators, publishers, editors, authors, critics). 

In 2012-2015 the GNBC supported: translation of  93 Georgian books into 22 foreign languages, 25 translations of foreign literature into Georgian. 71  Georgian and foreign translators were engaged in the programme.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Georgian National Book Centre
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The budget of the GNBC is as follows:

  • in 2014 - 650.000 (250 000 Euro);
  • in 2015– 700 000 GEL (280 000 Euro) . 
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Preferential Tax and Procurement Policy for Culture and Creative Sector

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The policy aims to support:

  • safeguarding cultural heritage monuments by encouraging activities related with its reconstruction and rehabilitation;
  • film industry in Georgia by encouraging local and foreign film productions to invest in Georgia;
  • arts education for children by encouraging education institutions to provide arts education services;
  • cultural institutions funded by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection: orchestras, ensembles, music centres, arts education institutions to improve creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services;
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Government of Georgia has elaborated several financial mechanisms, in particular tax credits to support on the one hand the flow of cultural goods and services and on the other hand preservation of cultural resources. 

  • The Tax Code of Georgia provides VAT exemption for reconstruction activities on cultural heritage objects; in particular according to the c subparagraph, of 2nd paragraph of 168th article of the Tax Code of Georgia, “conducting restoration, rehabilitation, design and research works and activities by a person in agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia on cultural heritage that is part of the world heritage list and/or has the status of national heritage and/or is of cultic and religious purpose is exempt from VAT.
  • According to the 2nd paragraph of 168th article of the Tax Code of Georgia arts and sport educational services for children under 18 years are exempt from VAT;
  • According to the decree N 1149 issued by Government of Georgia in 2015, simplified procurement regulations apply to the following cultural institutions funded by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection: orchestras, ensembles, music centres, arts education institutions by encouraging creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services;
  • In 2015, government of Georgia has introduced film industry incentive programme “Film in Georgia”, that envisages 20-25% cash rebate on qualified expenses incurred in Georgia for international as well as local production companies. This is the joint initiative of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The scheme is implemented by the state agency - Enterprise Georgia.

The products eligible for cash rebate are as follows:

  • Feature film;
  • Internet/TV film;
  • Drama/Series, mini-series (including pilots);
  • Animated Film;
  • Reality Show;
  • Music Video.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The number and quality of rehabilitated and restored cultural heritage monuments is increased. Qualified workers are motivated better to conduct restoration and rehabilitation works;

Film industry in Georgia develops. Co-productions, foreign production and investments grow together with country’s touristic potential and international visibility.

The number of educational institutions providing educational services to children as well as the  number of children receiving arts education is increased;

State cultural institutions are encouraged to create and provide competitive goods and services.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Fostering International Cultural Cooperation

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main goal of the measure is internationalisation of Georgian culture through enhancing bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other countries and integration to various international cultural cooperation programmes. The measure aims at strengthening intergovernmental and inter-ministerial cooperation and dialogue between the countries, contributing mutual understanding, spreading knowledge about each other, as well as fostering cooperation in the culture and education sectors.

The objectives of the measure are as follows:

  • encourage international cooperation in the field of culture by  exchanging  commitments for cultural cooperation and cultural exchange with partner Governments and Ministries;
  • create conditions conducive to the promotion and implementation of the UNESCO “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”;
  • build and develop cultural and creative networks and synergies between creative and business sectors;
  • encourage international cooperation inter alia in arts higher education between Georgian and European Universities through mobility of students, academic and administrative staff of universities.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

International cooperation in cultural sector is encouraged by international agreements with various countries (about 60 countries) stressing the role of cultural dialogue in consolidating international relations. In 2014 was signed Georgia-EU Association Agreement, that is considered as main cooperation framework for Georgia.  Among other commitments, promotion of the UNESCO “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” remains as priority defined by the Association Agenda.

Georgia became member of the following international programmes, networks and funds:

  • In 2015 Georgia joined the Creative Europe Programme. This new instrument allows Georgian cultural and creative organizations to team up with partners from all over Europe, to get funding for cultural cooperation projects, to get profit from the added value that working at a European level offers, to build cultural networks and meet and learn from cultural players from all over Europe;
  • Since 2015 Georgia is member of ENCATC. This instrument allows Georgian public officials to share ideas and experience on cultural management and to receive regular information relevant to the professional sector with opportunities to meet exchange views and experience.
  • With the aim to encourage the co-productions in the fields of cinema, Georgia joined the European Cinema Support Fund – Eurimages in 2011. Being the part of the fund, the country has an opportunity to promote its audiovisual industry, receive financial support to feature films, animations and documentaries and enhance cooperation between professionals from different European countries.
  • Georgian Agency for Cultural Heritage received technical assistance under EU EAP Twinning programe;
  • Georgian higher education institutions have been cooperating within European universities within various EU High Education Programmes (Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+), however, only through Erasmus+ became available supporting credit mobility and exchanges between Georgian and EU arts education institutions.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The above treaties facilitate dialogue between public officials and promote exchanges between professionals working in the cultural governance and management, culture and creative industries, students, academic and administrative staff of universities.

In 2015, 53 activities were carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Monument protection (MoCMP) within the bilateral cultural cooperation frameworks with 24 countries. 9 international agreements were endorsed; Various cultural projects and activities were implemented in partnership with EU, Council of Europe, UNESCO, British Council, Institute of France, Peace Corps, Intellectual Property Rights organisation. 

 517 000 Euro was granted by Creative Europe programe to 5 partnership projects between EU and Georgian cultural institutions.  

Within Erasmus+ programme in total 50 mobility of students, academic and administrative staff from cultural universities were carried out and 3 Georgian Arts Education Institutions have being cooperating with 14 European universities.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

550 000 Gel (Georgian Laris equal to 225 000 euro) were allocated in 2015 under the budget of the MoCMP for international cooperation programe. In 2013 and 2014 the annual budget for the programme was 350 000 GEL.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

EU-Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries' cultural networks and actors.
It also aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professional skills of cultural operators in the Eastern ENP region. It contributes to exchange of information and experience among cultural operators at a regional level and with the EU. The programme supports regional initiatives which demonstrate positive cultural contributions to economic development, social inclusion, conflict resolution and intercultural dialogue.  

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The programme has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection in cultural policy reforms and helped overhaul legal and regulatory framework in order to foster the modernization of cultural sector. It has organized the trainings to address the identified skills shortages in the cultural sector, facilitated the increase of public access to cultural resources, supported conservation and valorisation of regional cultural resources and heritage; encouraged multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial exchanges between government, civil society and the private sectors; helped cultivate cultural operators through support in developing strategic management, business planning, communications, advocacy, fundraising and other relevant capacities.

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Along with other EaP Countries, within the framework of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme, Georgia participated in the framework of the following projects: Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network (CAUCULT), Cultural Development is the Source for Prosperity of Community, Directors Across Borders Eastern Partnership Program (DAB), Let's Talk About Films in South Caucasus (CAUCADOC), New Breath of Culture: Fill Heritage with Life of Arts, Regional Co-operation for the Cultural Heritage Development, SAY CHEESE: Eastern Family Album. Capacity Building, Networking and Promotion of Thematic Eastern Partnership Photography, Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues, SOS Culture: Saving Endangered Cultural Assets in Remote Regions of Armenia and Georgia by Involving Local Youth in Their Preservation, Strengthening Creative Industries in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia: Heritage Crafts - Common Platform for Development, Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries (SPACES), The Book Platform.

In addition, the programme proposed a series of capacity-building activities – the Culture Policy Exchange Workshops Cycles organised in 2013 and 2014 for national and local authorities as well as public and private cultural actors and civil society representatives of the EaP countries.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
EU-Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The budget of the total programme was  € 12 million.
 

 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
International
i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

N/A. 

❭ PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

Visa Facilitation

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure is aimed to promote:

  • mobility of Georgian citizens to EU countries;
  • exchanges and mobility of cultural, creative and educational professionals;
  • partnership and networking between EU and Georgian cultural and creative professionals and institutions;
  • export of cultural services. 
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

From March 1, 2011, Georgian citizens have been benefiting from simplified procedures for obtaining short-term visas to the EU according to the Visa Facilitation Agreement signed between Georgia and the European Union on 17th of June 2010.

The aim of simplified procedures is making it easier for Georgian citizens, in particular those who travel most, to acquire short-term visas for the EU.

The Agreement provides a reduced visa fee of €35 instead of €60 for all Georgian citizens and a total exemption from the visa fee for certain categories of applicants including persons participating in scientific, cultural, artistic activities, university and other exchange programs.

According to the agreement, necessary documents proving the purpose of the envisaged travel in support of a visa application are simplified for 13 categories of persons including those who are participating in scientific, cultural, artistic activities, university and other exchange programs.

Bona fide frequent travelers (for ex: participating in scientific, cultural, artistic activities, university and other exchange programs etc.) will be issued multi-entry visas with long periods of validity.

Finally, the holders of diplomatic passports are exempt from the visa obligation. The agreement also obliges the Consulates to take a decision within 10 days on whether or not to issue a visa. The visa facilitation agreement does not apply to UK and Ireland (which do not participate in the Schengen cooperation), and to Denmark. It is applicable towards the rest of the EU. Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland who participate in Schengen were invited to conclude similar visa facilitation agreements.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Mobility of Georgian citizens to EU countries and export of national cultural services to Europe as well as mobility of students and academics, entrepreneurs will increase; partnership and networking opportunities between Georgian cultural and creative professionals and institutions will be enlarged; Georgian cultural and creative companies and professionals will be better introduced in EU cultural events.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Georgian Government
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

EU-Georgia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

DCFTA aims to forge closer political and economic ties with the EU. On this basis, the DCFTA includes several provisions aiming at reforming of Georgia’s trade and trade-related policies, in line with, and on the basis of, the EU acquis. These will provide for modernisation of the economy, anchoring of EU investment in the country, and better and more predictable policy environment. DCFTA encourages:

  • Freedom of establishment .
  • Opening markets and lowering bariiers for enterpeneours and service providers
  • Modernisation of domestic procurement practices will give access to EU procurement market
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The DCFTA is an integral part of the new contractual framework – the Association Agreement, signed with the EU in June 2014, that is the basic political framework governing the upgraded EU-Georgia relationship. The Agreement opens vast opportunities for development and greater approximation with the EU in all main sectors through political association and economic integration. It envisages gradual establishment of best European norms and standards in all sectors including good governance, rule of law, human rights, justice, social inclusion, media pluralism, and market economy as well as gradual economic integration of Georgia with the EU’s internal market thus giving access to the world’s largest consumer market without tariffs and quotas. It will bring benefits for the country's future growth, opening up new markets and creating job opportunities. 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Thanks to the creation of a free trade area, approximation to the selected European legislation, and the drive towards internationally recognised quality of goods, more potential for growth, through increased exports and additional investment are expected over the medium term.

Since the provisional application of the Association Agreement in 2014 , Georgia already benefitted from the integration into the EU internal market. Consequently, the EU became the largest trading partner of Georgia, with a share in total trade of more than 30% and growth of Georgian exports to the EU market. While stimulating economic modernisation, the effect of the DCFTA has been fundamental for increasing the attractiveness of Georgia for foreign investments. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced record volume of investments in Georgia for 2016.

Georgian entrepreneurs will be able to set up a company or a branch of a company in relevant European country and bring qualified Georgian staff for a limited amount of time to work in the European Union; service providers – within the limits of the Agreement – can provide their services across the European Union. Implementation of the DCFTA will bring major benefits to the regulatory environment as well. in the production and trade of industrial goods, new regulatory standards will lead to improvements in the safety and quality of products available on the market. And indeed one of the biggest procurement markets in the world. This will provide business opportunities for Georgian companies and lower costs to the Georgian treasury as procurement rules become more transparent, leaner and more efficient. As reforms progress, Georgia will have access to different types of procurement bids in the European Union, which could eventually lead to a complete opening of the EU market.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Developing Cultural Tourism in Georgia

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main goal of the measure is to contribute to the country’s sustainable development through developing tourism in Georgia based on cultural resources  such as monuments, archeological sites, cultural and natural landscapes, etc. and creative industries.

The measure aims at promoting and exploiting the economic potential of cultural resources (e.g. intangible, tangible and natural heritage, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, rituals traditional holidays, etc.) and developing creative industries in urban and rural areas for creation of unique and internationally competitive touristic experience.  

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

In 2015 the Georgian Tourism Strategy 2015 – 2025 was developed with the support of the World Bank Group. Within the document the importance of the cultural heritage and cultural tourism is highlighted through different strategic objectives, such as protecting and developing Georgia’s natural and cultural heritage, creating unique and authentic visitor experiences centered on those natural and cultural assets, etc.

The development of cultural tourism is highlighted within the Culture Strategy 2025 through various tasks related with capacity building and awareness raising programmes about economy and marketing of cultural tourism, importance of synergy between cultural resources and creative industries.  Strategy also focuses on promotion of public-private partnership engaging various state and non-state actors, cultural professionals, entrepreneurs and policymakers in developing cultural tourism.  One of the priorities is also country’s integration in transnational cultural routes (e.g. the Europe Cultural Routes programme, UNWTO Silk Road Programme) as well as protection of cultural and natural heritage and environment from potentially negative impact of tourism.

The action plans for implementation of both tourism and culture development strategies envisage joint efforts and common activities to be implemented by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection and Ministry of Economy of Georgia in collaboration with other line ministries, business sector and civil society.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Despite the fact that only 7.6% of the Georgian citizens traveled within the regions for recreation, entertainment purposes in 2015, the amount of the international arrivals show promising picture with 7% growth in the same year. Moreover, the share of tourism in GDP went from 6.32% (2014) to 6.73% in 2015.

This leads to the notion of the World Bank in regards to the objectives of National  Tourism Strategy, “According to [which] by 2025 Georgia will become well-known as a premier, year-round, high-quality tourism destination – centered on its unique cultural and natural heritage, world-class customer service, and timeless tradition of hospitality.

Georgia will be at the forefront of tourism competitiveness, through strategic investments in infrastructure, education, marketing, and the development of unique Georgian visitor experiences that appeal to high-value markets around the globe.” – World Bank, A Tourism Strategy for Georgia – New Path Ahead, December 7, 2015

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

Financial allocation will be estimated further to adoption of the both culture and torism development action plans by the end of 2016.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Culture and Creative Industries in Innovations Policy

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main goal of the measure is applaying culture as an important source in country’s economic development by contributing to the creation but also promotion and distribution of creative goods and services at international and national markets. The measure aims to apply design, as the source of culture-based creativity, as an integral part in developing innovative, amongst them high-tech, user-friendly products and services produced for both internal use and export.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Taking into consideration that innovation is the key source of competitiveness, economic growth and social transformation and an important tool for creating jobs, growing revenues and for expending the investment opportunities, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency was established on February 19, 2014. The agency is assigned to coordinate and mediate the process of developing innovations and technologies within the country.

The agency promotes knowledge-sharing and innovative entrepreneurship. Since, creative environment and people are the drivers for the country’s innovative development, one of the priorities within Georgia’s Innovation Strategy 2020 is to support the formation of creative industries in Georgia, e.g.

In addition to supporting different initiatives, the Agency operates technology parks, innovation centers, innovation labs, accelerators and business incubators to collect and develop creative and innovative ideas and promote interdisciplinary approach.

The development of new-technologies is also highlighted within the Culture Strategy 2025.  

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

According to a World Bank report, published in June 2013, "Innovation in Georgia" Georgian companies, which are actively using innovations in their work are developing faster and are creating 30% more jobs than other companies.

in May 30-31, 2014 Game Jam competition was held in Tbilisi organized  by the Agency of Innovation and Technology and Association of Computer Games Developers IGDA Georgia.The event became the platform for the game developers, designers and programmers to be connected and they got the experience in joint, coordinated teamwork. In the framework of the Game Jam competition the perspectives and commercial potential of the gaming sector became evident. Developed gaming industry leads to employment of specialists and brings enormous benefits to the state’s economy.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

Culture and Education

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Georgian state has implemented several measures in order to support arts and culture education and the development of new generations of professionals. Notably, 14 LEPLs operating under the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection ensure the artistic and cultural education in the fields of visual arts, music, dance. These organizations are funded by the Ministry of Culture which, in addition, elaborates and supervises organization of different master classes and trainings for teachers of art education institutions.

In addition of these educational institutions, the governement of Georgia has established the International Centre for Education. The mission of the Centre is to contribute strengthening democratic, social and economic development of the country by supporting enhancement of education quality and preparation of professional human resources. The program aims to encourage young people in Georgia, amongst them the students mastering cultural professions, to get involved in academic mobility and obtain internationally recognized academic degree(s) at world leading universities. 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

While 14 the LEPLs ensure the education of future professionals of arts and culture locally, the International Centre for Education provides unique opportunity for young Georgians to obtain education in  the world’s leading institutions. Once scholarship recipients complete their state-funded course(s), the master and doctoral program graduates must return to Georgia and continue working in the relevant sector for at least three years. The most successful graduates will be offered profiled state employment. As well as employment, the program will assist graduates to create social, academic and professional networks that will serve to expand their individual professional contacts, as well as contribute to inter-sectoral cooperation and joint work of the same graduates in projects and research within the public sector. In addition to International Master’s degree and Doctoral programs for 2015-2016, the Centre provides Professional Development and Retraining Program for Public Servants, Partner University Program and Alumni Program. 

 

 

 
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Approximately 5500 students are trained in arts and culture education institutions every year. in 2014-2016 years in total 270 scholarships were granted by the Centre for students obtaining master's and PHD degree at various universities worldwide. The number of qualified cultural professionals was increased in different areas, including arts, conservation and restoration; arts management and policymaking, etc. 10 students of arts and culture are the beneficiaries of the Centre.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
MoC, International Education Centre
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N / A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

Public-sector Support for Diversity on Broadcasting

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The mission of the Georgian Public Broadcaster is to reinforce democratic values, raise the level of public education, encourage diversity and social integration as well as to uphold historical heritage and cultural traditions. According to the law the public television shall: “cover the pluralism of opinions existing in the public; broadcast a relevant proportion of programs for minority groups, in their language; reflect ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, age, gender diversity in the programs; broadcast a relevant number of programes prepared by minority groups in their language; promote the state identity, values and cultural diversity'; take into consideration the interest of people with disabilities;

The objectives of the GPB are:

  • Adequately informing of the greater society in terms of on-going political, social and cultural processes in Georgia and internationally;
  • Contributing to civil society and larger national debates by providing reliable and impartial information, which sufficiently impacts the choices made by informed citizens;
  • Promoting Georgia’s interests and shared values by appreciating the diversity of opinions within an atmosphere of open public dialogue and an environment of tolerance;
  • Sharing in the contributions being made to public education and reforms that are designed to provide the means to bring about informed choices in sciences, including environmental responsibility and participation in organizations representing civil society;
  • Raising the standard of governmental accountability, community and civil society representation, and opening the door for greater self-awareness, self-actualisaiton and engagement among the young generation;
  • Publicly showcasing the diverse array of high quality works of contemporary and classical art and literary achievements;
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Broadcasting industry in Georgia is regulated by the Constitution of Georgia, the law of Georgia on Broadcasting, the Election Code of Georgia, the Law of Georgia on Regulatory Authorities, the Law of Georgia on Copyright and the Related Rights and other legal acts. The content-related obligations of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) are defined by the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting adopted in 2014, that boosted the process of transformation of Georgian TV from being a state broadcaster into a public broadcaster.

The GPB  unites twoTV channels: "First Channel" (since 1956) and "Second Channel" (since 1971). It is also comprised of two Radio stations - "Radio One" FM 102.4 (since 1925) and "Radio Two" FM 100.9 (since 1995). Presently, 90% of the Georgian population receive the First Channel, and 55% receive the Second Channel. Georgian TV's programmes are also received by satellite and over the Internet in a number of European and Asian countries.

Georgian Parliament elects a Board of Trustees, composed of nine members. In addition of the legal documents, the Board establishes annual programme priorities which is based on several sources, including legislation, research on attitudes toward the broadcaster and recommendations worked out by NGOs working on media issues and monitoring GPB activities (in 2015 these recommendations were proposed by the Media Development Foundation (MDF) and United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) and mainly referred to informing the ethnic minorities about Euro-Atlantic integration process and reporting on the issues of diversity). According to the priorities the share of cultural programs related with ethnic, cultural, social, religious, gender diversity should be increased. Also, GPB should increase production of films, performances.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Following to the implementation of GPB priorites, the media space will be more democratic and diversified; cultural identity will be promoted; Apart of purely comercial interest,  educational and cultural content will be provided to Georgian society. Creativity will be encouraged within the society in Georgia and cultural uniqueness will be revealed; formation of a diverse society based on the principles of personal freedom, equality and fairness, united by citizen responsibility and solidarity will be supported, protecting cultural identity by offering educational and instructive, information and entertaining media- products and services will be promoted

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB)
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The average annual budget is 40 000 000 laris (17 mln Euro)

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Promoting Gender Equality in Georgia

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure supports prevention and elimination of all kind of gender discrimination in all spheres of social life, creates appropriate conditions for implementation of equal rights, freedoms and opportunities of women and men; It also promotes Women's political and economic empowerment; enhancement of women’s role in peace and security efforts and protection of domestic violence victimes/survivors.  

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

In 2011 The Parliament of Georgia approved The Action Plan 2012-2015 for implementation of the UN Security Council on “Women, Peace and security”. The document is focused solely on domestic violence and supports:  participation of women in security and peace-building related matters; consideration of women’s needs in conflict prevention processes; preventing sexual and gender based violence against women in the conflict and post-conflict period; protecting women affected by conflict and war from the threats of physical, social, economic and political nature; addressing special needs of women in war/conflict and post-conflict situations.

In 2015 was drafted and prepared for approval the National Action Plan on the Measures to be Implemented for Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims/Survivors, both covering the 2016-2017 period. The document covers violence against women more broadly, including both, domestic and sexual violence issues.

According the national Law on Gender Equality, Gender Equality Council was established at the Parliament of Georgia for the purpose of ensuring regular and coordinated work on gender issues. The Council  submits the annual  report  on  the  status  of  gender  equality  in  Georgia to  the Parliament  of Georgia,  prepares  reports  on  the status of implementation of obligations assumed at the international level with respect to gender equality.

In 2014, The Parliament of Georgia adopted the National Action Plan 2014-2016 for Implementation of Gender Equality Policy. The Action Plan aims at creating and strengthening institutional mechanisms and platforms for better addressing gender equality issues and approximating the national law on gender equalities with international standards.

2015 was declared as the Year of Women by the President of Georgia offering an exceptional opportunity for further advancement of women's rights and underlining the need to increase participation of women in public and political life including through temporary special measures and quotas.

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Women's political and economic rights are empowered;  equality in labor relations, in the sphere of education and science, in access to informational resources, in the sphere of healthcare and social protection, in family relations are guaranteed;  women’s role in peace and security efforts are enhanced; violence against women and girls is prevented; regular dialogue on advancement of women’s rights and gender equality is set up;  DV victims/survivors are protected and specialized services for victims/survivors of sexual violence in Georgia are established.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Government of Georgia
Georgian Parliament
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Raising Awareness about Gender Equality Through Culture and Arts

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure aims to support exhibitions, performances, research, publications, conference dedicated to gender issues; It encourages participation of women in culture and arts related activities as are  concerts, exhibitions, festivals.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia supported about 32 projects focused on gender issues or/and initiated by women from 2012 onwards.In addition to the Ministry’s direct involvement in providing financial support for the aforementioned activities, a large-scale collaboration between the UN Joint Programme to Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia and the Georgian National Film Centre took place in 2014. The aim of the partnership was to initiate the creation of the documentary reflecting the gender issues, women’s rights in particular. As a result - Speak Out! Was produced. The film is a documentary telling the story of violence against women and domestic violence in Georgia, reflecting the true accounts of suffering by many women.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

On the one hand women, especially from the regions will be more involved in cultural processes and on the other hand, culture and arts will be used as the catalyst for strengthening the principles of gender equality.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
the Georgian National Film Centre
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ YOUTH

National Youth Policy of Georgia

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Georgian National Youth Strategy document was developed in 2015 by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia with the joint efforts of the state agencies, the youth, the civil society, the private sector and international and local organizations.  The document regulates a wide range of issues related to the development of persons of 14-29 years of age.

The Youth Policy aims at encouraging establishment of relevant environment for a comprehensive youth development to fully realize their potential and active involvement in all the spheres of the public life. In order to achieve this goal, the Youth Policy encompasses the following priorities:
 - Creating opportunities for the youth to be involved in social, economic, cultural and political life;

-  Creating opportunities for appropriate and high quality education, worthy employment and professional growth for the youth;

  • Establishing a healthy lifestyle and improving access to and quality of the healthcare services provided in the youth friendly environment;
  •  Increasing awareness among young people on the civil rights and responsibilities, and creating a safe and secure environment for young people, protecting their rights and supporting the young people with special needs.

With regard to the culture, policy objectives are as follows:

  • increase the scope of cultural, creative and recreational programs
  •  involve more young people in preservation of cultural heritage monuments;
  •  increase awareness of young compatriots residing abroad about the cultural, ingenious and recreational life of their home country,
  •  facilitate participation of the young people residing on the occupied territories in the cultural life of the country and help maintain the contact of young people separated by the occupation borders
  • encourage preserving cultural and ethnic diversity.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The National Youth Strategy covers 4 strategic directions: Participation; Education, employment and mobility; Health and Special Support and Protection. 

Participation is focused on: raising the youth awareness regarding their civil rights and responsibilities ; promoting non-formal education in youth work ; enhancing relevant skills and opportunities for young people to participate in the decision making process ; supporting youth initiatives ; developing the culture of volunteering, support involvement of young people in cultural, creative and leisure activities; raising environmental awareness and involving young people in environmental activities.

Under Education priority are envisaged :  increasing qualifications, competitiveness and work efficiency of young people; creating relevant conditions for education for all the young people; increasing efforts to improve the social and economic living conditions of young people residing in the regions, mountainous areas and in the areas adjacent to the occupation lines ; support the academic mobility of students and academic staff in teaching, learning and research processes both in Georgia and abroad.

Health priority focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle amongst young people ; increasing the awareness and education about sexual and reproductive health and rights and improving accessibility to and quality of medical services; developing services for improving young people’s mental health ; carrying out a vigorous campaign to prevent abuse of psychoactive drugs among the young people.

Special support and Protection aims at increasing the opportunities offered by social assistance programs in order to better meet the needs of young people affected by poverty ; preventing crimes and ensuring reintegration and resocialization of young people with special needs ; raising awareness of young people about their rights, promoting the culture of non-violence and safety among young people and providing special protection and supporting young victims of violence, inhuman and derogatory treatment and dignity defamation.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The youth will be encouraged to participate in social, economic, cultural and political life of the country; Accessibility to healthcare will be improved. Awareness among young people on the civil rights and responsibilities will be raised ensuring safe and secure environment for young people;  Inclusiveness of young people with special needs will be guaranteed.- 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ YOUTH

Become a Young Ambassador of Your Country

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main objective of the programe is egaging youth in the promotion of Georgia's cultural and intellectual potential abroad.

 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The International Education Centre (IEC) of Georgia has launched a new program for young Georgian Ambassadors  to enhance relations with foreign partners.

The IEC, a Government-initiated entity that supported quality education abroad, developed a new program for Georgian IEC scholarship recipients learning abroad to represent their home nation during the year they carry out their overseas education.

If selected, the young Ambassadors major task would be to raise awareness of Georgia by hosting fun activities, teach students about Georgia’s unique history and culture and encourage interest in Georgia’s economic, sporting, youth issues and more.The programme gives the young Georgians living and studying abroad an opportunity to become “young ambassadors” for one-year and thus inform their peers in the host countries about Georgia’s economy, education, culture, sports, youth policy and history; also creating a network of foreign young friends, representatives of Georgian Diaspora; promotion of prospective staff for the public service.

In the frames of the Young Ambassadors Meeting, the young ambassadors present their one-year action plan and have meetings with the representatives of cultural, economical and other spheres.

The selection of the Young Ambassadors is based upon an open competition that envisages participation of young Georgian students abroad (from 18 to 29). 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The results expected are as follows:

  • Visibility and promotion of the country through informing foreign young people of country's culture and its intellectual potential
  • Creation of the "Friends of Georgia" network
  • Establishment of links with Georgian diaspora. 
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
International Educational Center
The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The government of Georgia financially supports the initiatives of the selected Young Ambassadors.  Programe envisages allocation of  fixed amount of approx.7000 GEL (2800 Euro) per applicant. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
Name of the designated official signing the report
Title:
Mr
Family Name:
Giorgadze
First Name:
Mikheil
Position:
Minister
Organization:
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Promoting Georgian Culture Abroad

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The goal of the programme is to raise the visibility and image of Georgia in the world through culture. The programme aims at promoting internationally the national cultural operators and professionals, artists, creative industries and supporting students advancing arts and culture studies abroad. The programme also supports organisation of international cultural events aimed at attracting foreign cultural operators and artists to Georgia and encouraging networking, exchanges, intercultural dialogue and cooperation.

 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The measure represents the special programme of the MoCMP that includes both the budget allocated for international dimension of activities carried out by 86 LEPLs founded by the Ministry and projects proposed by various applicants. The programme supports participation of Georgian artists and cultural operators in various international cultural events organised in foreign countries  as are festivals, concerts, competitions, national cultural events abroad and supporting students culture and arts studies  in foreign countries. It also supports organisation of international festivals in Georgia.

In 2015 Georgian artists and cultural operators participated in 30 music, film, theatre, folk festivals organised in foreign countries.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Implementation of the measure results to better positioning of Georgian culture at international level. It will increase production of compatible cultural goods and services, export opportunities and will improve visibility and image of the country. Georgia will better attract foreign investments adding value to national economy. 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

Annually 7mln Gel (2.8 mln Euro) in average is amounted for the programme, out of which 665 000 Gel (266 000 Euro) is contributed for organisation of cultural days and events in foreign countries; 2, 295 000 Gel (918 000 Euro) participation of national cultural operators and  artists in cultural events organised abroad as well as supporting arts students studies in foreign countries and 3 310 000 Gel (1 324 000 Euro)for organisation of international cultural events in Georgia.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Georgian Culture Strategy 2025

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Vision of the Strategy is to ' Develop Georgia as a creative country and regional hub where innovation and creativity, along with safeguarding and revitalising national heritage and cultural diversity, are the fundamental pillars of social wellbeing and sustainable development'. For that purpose, State aims at:

  • developing a knowledge-based, innovative and creative society; 
  • ensuring invovlment of all groups of society in creation of culture and in cultural life;
  • positioning culture in different areas of sustainable development and social life; 
  • developing a modern infrastructure and new technology in the cultural sector; 
  • increasing cultural funding and employment opportunities; 
  • encouraging development of cultural economics and cultural industries; 
  • promoting internationalisation of culture and strengthening its branding within the global context; 
  • democratising the governance of culture

 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Georgian Culture Strategy is a fundamental document elaborated through the series of long-term consultations between different groups of society and the analysis of different national and international documents including various conventions and treaties.  It is based on the Constitution of Georgia and takes into consideration current legislation and recent national cultural policy documents as well as international obligations and principles stated in different international legal instruments.

The Culture Strategy of Georgia determines the State’s vision, goals and objectives in the cultural and creative sector. The document identifies the problem solving process for the long-term and addresses a variety of challenges in different areas of culture and creativity. The Strategy also contributes to raising awareness of the new role of culture in social wellbeing and sustainable development – revealing the role of culture and creativity in country’s economic growth, social development and environmental protection. 

This document takes two approaches. First it determines 8 transversal themes and relateds goals, objectives that are common to all cultural sectors and second it highlights specific tasks for each culture and creativity sub-sector.  The Strategy is focused on creation of a favorable environment for safeguarding, revitalising and developing culture as a national identity. 

The Strategy is based on publicity, civic participation and on transparent decision-making processes. It encourages collaboration between central and municipal authorities, non-governmental organisations (guilds and associations), foundations, international donor organisations, the business sector, educational institutions and the independent cultural professionals. It aims to  develop the creative sector through initiating institutional and legislative reform and to guarantee  diversity of cultural expressions.

 

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Georgian Culture Strategy is a fundamental document elaborated through the series of long-term consultations between different groups of society and the analysis of different national and international documents including various conventions and treaties.  It is based on the Constitution of Georgia and takes into consideration current legislation and recent national cultural policy documents as well as international obligations and principles stated in different international legal instruments.

The Culture Strategy of Georgia determines the State’s vision, goals and objectives in the cultural and creative sector. The document identifies the problem solving process for the long-term and addresses a variety of challenges in different areas of culture and creativity. The Strategy also contributes to raising awareness of the new role of culture in social wellbeing and sustainable development – revealing the role of culture and creativity in country’s economic growth, social development and environmental protection. 

This document takes two approaches. First it determines 8 transversal themes and related goals, objectives that are common to all cultural sectors and second it highlights specific tasks for each culture and creativity sub-sector.  The Strategy is focused on creation of a favorable environment for safeguarding, revitalising and developing culture as a national identity. 

The Strategy is based on publicity, civic participation and on transparent decision-making processes. It encourages collaboration between central and municipal authorities, non-governmental organisations (guilds and associations), foundations, international donor organisations, the business sector, educational institutions and the independent cultural professionals. It aims to  develop the creative sector through initiating institutional and legislative reform and to guarantee  diversity of cultural expressions.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Georgian Government
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The average annual budget of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection during reporting period was 90  mln. Georgian Laris. However, the budget for implementation of the measure could be estimated after adoption of the strategy implementation biannual action plans. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Supporting Cultural Expression of Ethnic Minorities

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

One of the main principles of the state policy regarding the ethnic minorities is its integration into countries political and sustainable development.  With this regard, priority is given to the promotion of cultural expressions of national/ethnic minorities through increasing their role in the country’s cultural life, protecting and development of their traditions, creating tolerant environment and the encouraging intercultural exchanges.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

According to the commitments of the Convention, In 2013 The MoCMP of Georgia introduced the special programme under the state budget plan supporting cultural expressions of national/ethnic minorities. The MoCMP subsidises 3 theatres, 2 museums, belonging to ethnic minorities and allocates funds for various projects both initiated by and addressed to national minorities.  The above projects include funding of ethnic folk ensembles, several newspapers, journals, publications, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, crafts dedicated or initiated by ethnic minorities (in total about 70 projects) have been supported.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

During the reporting period the following cultural activities were supported by the MoCMP related with ethnic minorities: publication of 4 magazines/journals in Russian, Azeri and Armenian languages; publication of: books by Ossetian and Azeri authors and collection of Ossetian poetry, translation of book into Azeri and Osetian languages about the greatest Georgians; 2 albums of artists representing ethnic minorities, 2  catalogues about German artists living in Georgia and about Culture of Weinachs (northern Caucasian ethnic group ); events related to Georgia-Jewish 26 century  friendship; Also, Caucasus Jazz annual festival, folk festival with participation of all ethnic minorities residing in Georgia (200 participants; 14 ensembles); Carpet Festival organized by ethnic Azeries including workshops aimed at transferring know-how about traditional technologies of knitting carpets.,  the project “Diverse Georgia”, promoting Georgian culture in regions populated by ethnic minorities.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The average annual budge allocated for the programme accounts 2 mln Gel (85000 Euros) 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Supporting Dissemination of Culture in the Regions

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure aims at increasing access to culture in the regions and promoting diversity of cultural expressions by improving cultural eco-system in the regions.

The objectives of the measure are as follows:

  • foster cultural and social inclusion of people residing in the regions;
  • promote the cultural expressions and participation of all peoples in culture;
  • maintain and develop cultural sites, spaces and infrastructure.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

One of the challenges for cultural diversity is the gap between so called “centre” and “provinces/peripheries”. Local self-governance is the main body governing culture in the regions, however, there are several cultural institutions founded by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia as Legal Entities of Public Law. Also various cultural projects are supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

MoC has supported several programmes and projects in the regions covering all the subsectors of culture and creativity: music, literature, theater, dance, traditional crafts, visual arts, cinema. The Ministry also has financed special programmes and projects promoting cultural expressions of national and ethnic minorities, women, indigenous people including people with special needs, IDPs, people residing at occupied territories and etc.  

MoC of Georgia is in most cases the main partner of various international festivals. It is also initiator and organizer of various cultural projects and events in the regions. The literary-educational project “Live Books” traveled from region to region and involved Georgian writers which meet pupils of public schools and local population and present their work. The project "Cinema at School" realized by the Georgian National Film Centre was implemented in all the regions. The Ministry published the catalogue “Souvenirs from Georgia” promoting national crafts and providing data on craftsman living in various regions; the development of regional theaters, libraries and museums is ensured by different projects. 

Rehabilitation of cultural infrastructure and monuments in the regions are supported by the municipality authorities, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The policy measure encouraged engaging of regional population in cultural life and activities; Cultural infrastructure as well as tourism potential and visibility of the regions have been improved;  

The number of festivals held in regions increases every year (17 music festivals, 10 film festivals, 4 festivals of contemporary arts etc.) and in 2015, the number of visitors of these events reached 300 000 (130 000 Euro) in total. In 2015, 960 film screenings in the regions were attended by the total of 12000 children.

During the Reporting period rehabilitation and conservations of 400 cultural heritage monuments amounted in 35 mln Gel (12 mln. Euro) were done across the country.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Local Municipalities
Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Social Coherence and Integration Policy

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Georgia is a multicultural country that values the diversity and considers it as one of the main sources of society’s strength. Accordingly, the integration policy of government of Georgia aims to support cultural dialogue and sustain the protection and promotion of cultural diversity.

The main objectives of this policy are as follows:

  • promote tolerance and respect among ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious groups living in Georgia;
  • create preconditions for minorities to participate in the political, social, economic and cultural life of Georgia;
  • protect and promote cultural diversity;
  • develop minorities’ cultures and preserve essential elements of their identity, including religion, language, traditions and cultural heritage.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

For the purposes of ensuring integration, civic equality and promoting cultural dialogue, several state strategic documents have been elaborated during the past years.

  • National Concept for Tolerance and Civic Integration (2009) with its action plan (2009-14) was elaborated by the office of the State Minister of Georgia in the Reconciliation and Civic Equality. Intergovernmental commission was established to ensure the provision of special budget for implementation of this document; the main goal of the document is to support the building of democratic and consolidated civil society based on common values, which considers diversity as a source of its strength and provides every citizen with the opportunity to maintain and develop his/her identity.
  • Based on the assessment of National Concept, the office of the State Minister of Georgia in the Reconciliation and Civic Equality elaborated the Civic Equality and Integration strategy 2015-2020 (in 2015) with the purpose of protecting national minorities and promoting of a society that is based on the values of diversity and pluralism as determinants of democracy and development. The strategy underlines Georgia’s rich history of multiculturalism, and positive experience of tolerant coexistence.
  • Strategy aims to protect cultural identity and cultural values of every citizen and to create preconditions for proper inclusiveness of all ethnic minorities residing in Georgia using the principle “more diversity, more integration”.

The main goals of the strategy are as follows:

  • equal and full participation in civil and political life;
  • creating equal social and economic conditions and opportunities;
  • providing access to high quality education and improving knowledge of the state language;
  • preserving ethnic minorities’ culture and promoting a tolerant environment. 

The action plan of strategy aims to implement several measures towards:

  • supporting small and vulnerable ethnic minority target groups;
  • encouraging cultural diversity;
  • protection and popularisation of ethnic minorities’ cultural heritage etc. 
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The implementation of mentioned measures should result in:

  • society’s increased awareness on cultural diversity;
  • increased tolerance and respect, developed intercultural dialogue and contacts among ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious groups living in Georgia;
  • better conditions for preserving minorities’ cultural identity and protecting their cultural heritage;
  • ensured participation of minorities in the cultural life of Georgia and better conditions for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expression.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The office of the State Minister of Georgia in the Reconciliation and Civic Equality
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Creative Georgia

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The aim of the policy initiative is presenting the content, unique features, economic, social and regional value and creating a sustainable platform promoting development of creative industries in Georgia; The objectives of the initiative are as follows:

  • supporting start-ups and establishment of creative businesses and increasing its exportability;
  • encouraging cooperation, networking and clustering between creative individuals, the industrial and service sectors that ensure the best use of the abilities, talents and creativity of creative people with the aim of developing and becoming more competitive;
  • creating a favourable environment for increasing economic value of creative industries;
  • increasing production of high-quality and competitive goods and services;
  • protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and related rights contributing to the development of creative industries in a competitive and fair environment.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Despite the fact, that there was no policy for developing Creative Georgia until 2015, some of creative industries accounting crafts, fashion and film sectors were actively supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. In particular: The catalogue – Souvenirs from Georgia aimed at promoting craftsmen and their production has regularly being updated; From 2013 onwards Georgia has being an important guest at different crafts fairs and exhibitions, such as Strasbourg Christmas Market, L’ARTIGIANO in Fiera, Surajkund Craft Mela at India, etc.; MoC actively supports Tbilisi Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi contributing to the networking of national and international designers, connecting the buyers with producers, etc; the Georgian National Film Centre in partnership with Enterprise Georgia developed cash rebate system in 2015, aimed at attracting international producers and local and international investors to shoot in Georgia.

From 2015 onwards, Creative Industries will represent the priority dimension for the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia as well as for the Innovations Strategy 2016 – 2020 of Georgia that encourage creative thinking amongst young generation, promote exports (though online platforms, such as Ebay.com, Google Play, etc.) and facilitating distance working (through freelancer.com, upwork.com, etc.).

Ministry of Culture initiated the formation of the Inter-Governmental Creative Georgia Platform composed of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Tbilisi City Hall. The aim of the Platform is to mobilise all available resources at relevant governmental agencies in order to implement joint programmes, projects and events aimed at developing creative industries in Georgia. 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Policy will ensure sustainable and coordinated development of enterprises in creative sectors. Creativity will be enhanced in the business community through synergies between creative people and companies and the rest of the economy; different subsectors will have equal opportunity for development and the sustainability of the businesses will be ensured. The employees will have fair remuneration and export opportunities will be increased.  

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Inter-governmental Platform Creative Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The budget for implementation of the Creative Georgia will be estimated in 2017 after adoption of the Culture Strategy Implementation biannual Action Plan incorporating Development of Creative Industries in Georgia.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC)

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The GNFC supports the development of Georgian film industry at the levels of project development, production, distribution and promotion. The Center promotes Georgia's rich film culture, strives to preserve its traditions and aims to create a competitive market. One of the priorities of the Georgian National Film Center is to turn films into a product that will facilitate economic development of the country as well as safeguarding its cultural and educational values. The goal is to retain  national film traditions and, at the same time, lay the ground work for the development of contemporary Georgian movies. Since its establishment GNFC provides financial investment in films, represents the country at international film festivals and markets, supports organisation of international film festivals locally, issues numerous publications and funds  projects aimed at the awareness raising and promoting movies in Georgia. The main objectives of the Georgian National Film Center are :

  • Fostering national production, distribution and promotion of films
  • Determining the strategic for the development of the Georgian film sector ensuring cultural diversity;
  • Funding local film production;
  • Facilitating the development of film education; 
  • Developing International relations and promoting intercultural dialogue through films; 
  • Developing film export at the local and international level; 
  • Facilitating the development of film infrastructure.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

 Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC) is a Legal Entity of Public Law established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, although it operates at arm's-length from government. GNFC is a  main funding agency for film  (90 financed movies in 2012-2015) actively supporting the development of the film industry in Georgia. It develops international business links and supports international coproduction (i.e. Cash rebate system which offers producers 25% rebates of qualified expenses incurred in Georgia.This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the Ministry of Economy and Enterprise Georgia aimed at developing local film production, attracting foreign film production, developing country’s tourism potential and increasing country's visibility and direct foreign investments. In addition to this regulation another amendment was done in the national Tax Code, according to which the beneficiary filmmakers of the Georgian National Film Centre will be subject to profit taxation only after the film release and 100% amortization right will be applied ). The membership of Eurimages since 2011 is also a very effective instrument in this direction (16 realized coproduction with European countries for nowadays).

The GNFC also supports the development of distribution, sales, rentals of Georgian films, invests in audience development activities. Since 2014 it leads the educational project "Cinema at schools", which covers all the regions of Georgia with 205 villages in total and promotes Georgian films abroad ( Festivals, retrospectives and film markets etc.). Since 2011 GFNC is also a member of the European Film Promotion (EFP) - a network promoting european films and Film New Europe (FNE)- digital media covering international film industry. It has received also the grant under Creative Europe programme. 

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Implementation of the policy has increased production of films in Georgia. Since the accession to EURIMAGES, there are 16 realized coproduction with European countries. Membership also created opportunities for tangible benefits for the Georgian filmmakers in the form of obtaining alternative funding in line with co-productions and distribution / exhibition.

International Positioning of Georgian film sector has been improved. Georgian projects are better introduced at various European fairs, forums and festivals. Some of the achievements of this direction are: membership to the  EURIMAGES, the Film New Europe and to the European Film Promotion. Evidence at international film markets has been increased (boat meetings, the co-production market of Cottbus film festival, the Wiesbaden film festival, industry events at the Sarajevo Film Festival, and the Sofia Meetings). These events encouraged Georgian filmmakers to seek alternative funding, develop their projects and master their networking and pitching skills;

There is already an internationally recognised new wave of young Georgian filmmakers reviving the country’s Soviet-era reputation for filmmaking. Attractiveness, including economical benefits for foreign investors making and production of films in Georgia, have widely been promoted. The number of investments into Georgian film industry including foreign investments have been increased. Various international film productions have been attracted by the GNFC to Georgia. Georgian movies have wan several top prizes and awards at the most prominent international film festivals. GFNC, also hosts several international film festivals. 

During 2012-2015 period 90 projects were financed by the GNFC amounting to 11 326 773  Gel (4 500 000 Euro).

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
The Georgian National Film Centre;
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

In 2012-2013 per year  4 200 000 Gel (1 680 000 Euro) and in 2014-2015 per year 5 200 000 Gel (2 080 000 Euro) was allocated for GNFC by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. 

 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Georgian National Book Centre (GNBC)

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Georgian National Book Center was established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The Center aims at enhancing intercultural dialogue through literature and strengthening the publishing sector. The objectives of the GNBC are to promote:

  • Georgian books and literature abroad;
  • Foreign literature in Georgia
  • Centuries-long Georgian intellectual resources to the international literary and publishing arena. 

Also, to maintain cultural diversity in the book sector and to encourage foreign publishing  houses to  publish Georgian literature.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Georgian National Book Center (GNBC) is operating at arm’s-length from government even though it is the state funding agency established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia in 2014.

Georgian National Book Center (GNBC) is operating at arm’s-length from government even though it is the state funding agency established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia in 2014.

The Georgian National Book Center supports, by different measures and schemes promotion of Georgian literature abroad and vice versa. It also fosters the development of publishing sector. 

The translation program of the Georgian National Book Center is designed for foreign and local publishing houses willing to translate and publish Georgian and/or foreign literature. The GNBC priorities include:

  • Designing the strategy for promotion of Georgian literature abroad and supporting its translation into foreign languages as well as publication;
  • Designing the strategy for the improvement of translation quality through providing professional programmes for translators and critics (special seminars, workshops, conferences and short-term residence programs for translators;
  • Organizing special professional seminars, conferences and forums for the development of the publishing sector in Georgia;
  • Supporting the participation of Georgian Publishers at international book fairs and organising  collective stands of Georgia.

The model, which was elaborated by the Georgian National Book Center for supporting translations is largely oriented towards raising the interest of foreign publishing houses. The GNBC covers:

  • translation costs 100% ; 
  • printing costs (50-100%)
  • translation and printing costs (maximum of 50% of entire budget of the project)
  • Georgian National Stands at International Book Fairs. 
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Policy ensures the development of Georgian book sector and fosters its visibility at the international level. From 2015 to 2018, one of the key projects of the GNBC is to ensure Georgia’s presence at Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, as the Guest of Honor country. 

In 2012-2015 the GNBC and  the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia supported about 100 international projects involving publishing houses from 18 countries.  Since 2008, Georgia has been presented at the following international book fairs: The Frankfurt Book Fair (2007-2016), The Leipzig Book Fair (2012-2016), The London Book Fair (2013-2016), Bologna Children’s Book Fair (2016). The GNBC also supported 100 literary events abroad (presentations, discussions, readings) and professional programs (for translators, publishers, editors, authors, critics). 

In 2012-2015 the GNBC supported: translation of  93 Georgian books into 22 foreign languages, 25 translations of foreign literature into Georgian. 71  Georgian and foreign translators were engaged in the programme.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Georgian National Book Centre
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The budget of the GNBC is as follows:

  • in 2014 - 650.000 (250 000 Euro);
  • in 2015– 700 000 GEL (280 000 Euro) . 
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Preferential Tax and Procurement Policy for Culture and Creative Sector

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The policy aims to support:

  • safeguarding cultural heritage monuments by encouraging activities related with its reconstruction and rehabilitation;
  • film industry in Georgia by encouraging local and foreign film productions to invest in Georgia;
  • arts education for children by encouraging education institutions to provide arts education services;
  • cultural institutions funded by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection: orchestras, ensembles, music centres, arts education institutions to improve creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services;
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Government of Georgia has elaborated several financial mechanisms, in particular tax credits to support on the one hand the flow of cultural goods and services and on the other hand preservation of cultural resources. 

  • The Tax Code of Georgia provides VAT exemption for reconstruction activities on cultural heritage objects; in particular according to the c subparagraph, of 2nd paragraph of 168th article of the Tax Code of Georgia, “conducting restoration, rehabilitation, design and research works and activities by a person in agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia on cultural heritage that is part of the world heritage list and/or has the status of national heritage and/or is of cultic and religious purpose is exempt from VAT.
  • According to the 2nd paragraph of 168th article of the Tax Code of Georgia arts and sport educational services for children under 18 years are exempt from VAT;
  • According to the decree N 1149 issued by Government of Georgia in 2015, simplified procurement regulations apply to the following cultural institutions funded by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection: orchestras, ensembles, music centres, arts education institutions by encouraging creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services;
  • In 2015, government of Georgia has introduced film industry incentive programme “Film in Georgia”, that envisages 20-25% cash rebate on qualified expenses incurred in Georgia for international as well as local production companies. This is the joint initiative of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The scheme is implemented by the state agency - Enterprise Georgia.

The products eligible for cash rebate are as follows:

  • Feature film;
  • Internet/TV film;
  • Drama/Series, mini-series (including pilots);
  • Animated Film;
  • Reality Show;
  • Music Video.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The number and quality of rehabilitated and restored cultural heritage monuments is increased. Qualified workers are motivated better to conduct restoration and rehabilitation works;

Film industry in Georgia develops. Co-productions, foreign production and investments grow together with country’s touristic potential and international visibility.

The number of educational institutions providing educational services to children as well as the  number of children receiving arts education is increased;

State cultural institutions are encouraged to create and provide competitive goods and services.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Fostering International Cultural Cooperation

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main goal of the measure is internationalisation of Georgian culture through enhancing bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other countries and integration to various international cultural cooperation programmes. The measure aims at strengthening intergovernmental and inter-ministerial cooperation and dialogue between the countries, contributing mutual understanding, spreading knowledge about each other, as well as fostering cooperation in the culture and education sectors.

The objectives of the measure are as follows:

  • encourage international cooperation in the field of culture by  exchanging  commitments for cultural cooperation and cultural exchange with partner Governments and Ministries;
  • create conditions conducive to the promotion and implementation of the UNESCO “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”;
  • build and develop cultural and creative networks and synergies between creative and business sectors;
  • encourage international cooperation inter alia in arts higher education between Georgian and European Universities through mobility of students, academic and administrative staff of universities.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

International cooperation in cultural sector is encouraged by international agreements with various countries (about 60 countries) stressing the role of cultural dialogue in consolidating international relations. In 2014 was signed Georgia-EU Association Agreement, that is considered as main cooperation framework for Georgia.  Among other commitments, promotion of the UNESCO “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” remains as priority defined by the Association Agenda.

Georgia became member of the following international programmes, networks and funds:

  • In 2015 Georgia joined the Creative Europe Programme. This new instrument allows Georgian cultural and creative organizations to team up with partners from all over Europe, to get funding for cultural cooperation projects, to get profit from the added value that working at a European level offers, to build cultural networks and meet and learn from cultural players from all over Europe;
  • Since 2015 Georgia is member of ENCATC. This instrument allows Georgian public officials to share ideas and experience on cultural management and to receive regular information relevant to the professional sector with opportunities to meet exchange views and experience.
  • With the aim to encourage the co-productions in the fields of cinema, Georgia joined the European Cinema Support Fund – Eurimages in 2011. Being the part of the fund, the country has an opportunity to promote its audiovisual industry, receive financial support to feature films, animations and documentaries and enhance cooperation between professionals from different European countries.
  • Georgian Agency for Cultural Heritage received technical assistance under EU EAP Twinning programe;
  • Georgian higher education institutions have been cooperating within European universities within various EU High Education Programmes (Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+), however, only through Erasmus+ became available supporting credit mobility and exchanges between Georgian and EU arts education institutions.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The above treaties facilitate dialogue between public officials and promote exchanges between professionals working in the cultural governance and management, culture and creative industries, students, academic and administrative staff of universities.

In 2015, 53 activities were carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Monument protection (MoCMP) within the bilateral cultural cooperation frameworks with 24 countries. 9 international agreements were endorsed; Various cultural projects and activities were implemented in partnership with EU, Council of Europe, UNESCO, British Council, Institute of France, Peace Corps, Intellectual Property Rights organisation. 

 517 000 Euro was granted by Creative Europe programe to 5 partnership projects between EU and Georgian cultural institutions.  

Within Erasmus+ programme in total 50 mobility of students, academic and administrative staff from cultural universities were carried out and 3 Georgian Arts Education Institutions have being cooperating with 14 European universities.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

550 000 Gel (Georgian Laris equal to 225 000 euro) were allocated in 2015 under the budget of the MoCMP for international cooperation programe. In 2013 and 2014 the annual budget for the programme was 350 000 GEL.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

EU-Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries' cultural networks and actors.
It also aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professional skills of cultural operators in the Eastern ENP region. It contributes to exchange of information and experience among cultural operators at a regional level and with the EU. The programme supports regional initiatives which demonstrate positive cultural contributions to economic development, social inclusion, conflict resolution and intercultural dialogue.  

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The programme has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection in cultural policy reforms and helped overhaul legal and regulatory framework in order to foster the modernization of cultural sector. It has organized the trainings to address the identified skills shortages in the cultural sector, facilitated the increase of public access to cultural resources, supported conservation and valorisation of regional cultural resources and heritage; encouraged multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial exchanges between government, civil society and the private sectors; helped cultivate cultural operators through support in developing strategic management, business planning, communications, advocacy, fundraising and other relevant capacities.

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Along with other EaP Countries, within the framework of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme, Georgia participated in the framework of the following projects: Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network (CAUCULT), Cultural Development is the Source for Prosperity of Community, Directors Across Borders Eastern Partnership Program (DAB), Let's Talk About Films in South Caucasus (CAUCADOC), New Breath of Culture: Fill Heritage with Life of Arts, Regional Co-operation for the Cultural Heritage Development, SAY CHEESE: Eastern Family Album. Capacity Building, Networking and Promotion of Thematic Eastern Partnership Photography, Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues, SOS Culture: Saving Endangered Cultural Assets in Remote Regions of Armenia and Georgia by Involving Local Youth in Their Preservation, Strengthening Creative Industries in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia: Heritage Crafts - Common Platform for Development, Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries (SPACES), The Book Platform.

In addition, the programme proposed a series of capacity-building activities – the Culture Policy Exchange Workshops Cycles organised in 2013 and 2014 for national and local authorities as well as public and private cultural actors and civil society representatives of the EaP countries.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
EU-Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The budget of the total programme was  € 12 million.
 

 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
International
i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

N/A. 

❭ PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

Visa Facilitation

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure is aimed to promote:

  • mobility of Georgian citizens to EU countries;
  • exchanges and mobility of cultural, creative and educational professionals;
  • partnership and networking between EU and Georgian cultural and creative professionals and institutions;
  • export of cultural services. 
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

From March 1, 2011, Georgian citizens have been benefiting from simplified procedures for obtaining short-term visas to the EU according to the Visa Facilitation Agreement signed between Georgia and the European Union on 17th of June 2010.

The aim of simplified procedures is making it easier for Georgian citizens, in particular those who travel most, to acquire short-term visas for the EU.

The Agreement provides a reduced visa fee of €35 instead of €60 for all Georgian citizens and a total exemption from the visa fee for certain categories of applicants including persons participating in scientific, cultural, artistic activities, university and other exchange programs.

According to the agreement, necessary documents proving the purpose of the envisaged travel in support of a visa application are simplified for 13 categories of persons including those who are participating in scientific, cultural, artistic activities, university and other exchange programs.

Bona fide frequent travelers (for ex: participating in scientific, cultural, artistic activities, university and other exchange programs etc.) will be issued multi-entry visas with long periods of validity.

Finally, the holders of diplomatic passports are exempt from the visa obligation. The agreement also obliges the Consulates to take a decision within 10 days on whether or not to issue a visa. The visa facilitation agreement does not apply to UK and Ireland (which do not participate in the Schengen cooperation), and to Denmark. It is applicable towards the rest of the EU. Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland who participate in Schengen were invited to conclude similar visa facilitation agreements.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Mobility of Georgian citizens to EU countries and export of national cultural services to Europe as well as mobility of students and academics, entrepreneurs will increase; partnership and networking opportunities between Georgian cultural and creative professionals and institutions will be enlarged; Georgian cultural and creative companies and professionals will be better introduced in EU cultural events.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Georgian Government
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

EU-Georgia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

DCFTA aims to forge closer political and economic ties with the EU. On this basis, the DCFTA includes several provisions aiming at reforming of Georgia’s trade and trade-related policies, in line with, and on the basis of, the EU acquis. These will provide for modernisation of the economy, anchoring of EU investment in the country, and better and more predictable policy environment. DCFTA encourages:

  • Freedom of establishment .
  • Opening markets and lowering bariiers for enterpeneours and service providers
  • Modernisation of domestic procurement practices will give access to EU procurement market
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The DCFTA is an integral part of the new contractual framework – the Association Agreement, signed with the EU in June 2014, that is the basic political framework governing the upgraded EU-Georgia relationship. The Agreement opens vast opportunities for development and greater approximation with the EU in all main sectors through political association and economic integration. It envisages gradual establishment of best European norms and standards in all sectors including good governance, rule of law, human rights, justice, social inclusion, media pluralism, and market economy as well as gradual economic integration of Georgia with the EU’s internal market thus giving access to the world’s largest consumer market without tariffs and quotas. It will bring benefits for the country's future growth, opening up new markets and creating job opportunities. 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Thanks to the creation of a free trade area, approximation to the selected European legislation, and the drive towards internationally recognised quality of goods, more potential for growth, through increased exports and additional investment are expected over the medium term.

Since the provisional application of the Association Agreement in 2014 , Georgia already benefitted from the integration into the EU internal market. Consequently, the EU became the largest trading partner of Georgia, with a share in total trade of more than 30% and growth of Georgian exports to the EU market. While stimulating economic modernisation, the effect of the DCFTA has been fundamental for increasing the attractiveness of Georgia for foreign investments. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced record volume of investments in Georgia for 2016.

Georgian entrepreneurs will be able to set up a company or a branch of a company in relevant European country and bring qualified Georgian staff for a limited amount of time to work in the European Union; service providers – within the limits of the Agreement – can provide their services across the European Union. Implementation of the DCFTA will bring major benefits to the regulatory environment as well. in the production and trade of industrial goods, new regulatory standards will lead to improvements in the safety and quality of products available on the market. And indeed one of the biggest procurement markets in the world. This will provide business opportunities for Georgian companies and lower costs to the Georgian treasury as procurement rules become more transparent, leaner and more efficient. As reforms progress, Georgia will have access to different types of procurement bids in the European Union, which could eventually lead to a complete opening of the EU market.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Developing Cultural Tourism in Georgia

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main goal of the measure is to contribute to the country’s sustainable development through developing tourism in Georgia based on cultural resources  such as monuments, archeological sites, cultural and natural landscapes, etc. and creative industries.

The measure aims at promoting and exploiting the economic potential of cultural resources (e.g. intangible, tangible and natural heritage, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, rituals traditional holidays, etc.) and developing creative industries in urban and rural areas for creation of unique and internationally competitive touristic experience.  

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

In 2015 the Georgian Tourism Strategy 2015 – 2025 was developed with the support of the World Bank Group. Within the document the importance of the cultural heritage and cultural tourism is highlighted through different strategic objectives, such as protecting and developing Georgia’s natural and cultural heritage, creating unique and authentic visitor experiences centered on those natural and cultural assets, etc.

The development of cultural tourism is highlighted within the Culture Strategy 2025 through various tasks related with capacity building and awareness raising programmes about economy and marketing of cultural tourism, importance of synergy between cultural resources and creative industries.  Strategy also focuses on promotion of public-private partnership engaging various state and non-state actors, cultural professionals, entrepreneurs and policymakers in developing cultural tourism.  One of the priorities is also country’s integration in transnational cultural routes (e.g. the Europe Cultural Routes programme, UNWTO Silk Road Programme) as well as protection of cultural and natural heritage and environment from potentially negative impact of tourism.

The action plans for implementation of both tourism and culture development strategies envisage joint efforts and common activities to be implemented by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection and Ministry of Economy of Georgia in collaboration with other line ministries, business sector and civil society.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Despite the fact that only 7.6% of the Georgian citizens traveled within the regions for recreation, entertainment purposes in 2015, the amount of the international arrivals show promising picture with 7% growth in the same year. Moreover, the share of tourism in GDP went from 6.32% (2014) to 6.73% in 2015.

This leads to the notion of the World Bank in regards to the objectives of National  Tourism Strategy, “According to [which] by 2025 Georgia will become well-known as a premier, year-round, high-quality tourism destination – centered on its unique cultural and natural heritage, world-class customer service, and timeless tradition of hospitality.

Georgia will be at the forefront of tourism competitiveness, through strategic investments in infrastructure, education, marketing, and the development of unique Georgian visitor experiences that appeal to high-value markets around the globe.” – World Bank, A Tourism Strategy for Georgia – New Path Ahead, December 7, 2015

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia;
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

Financial allocation will be estimated further to adoption of the both culture and torism development action plans by the end of 2016.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Culture and Creative Industries in Innovations Policy

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main goal of the measure is applaying culture as an important source in country’s economic development by contributing to the creation but also promotion and distribution of creative goods and services at international and national markets. The measure aims to apply design, as the source of culture-based creativity, as an integral part in developing innovative, amongst them high-tech, user-friendly products and services produced for both internal use and export.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Taking into consideration that innovation is the key source of competitiveness, economic growth and social transformation and an important tool for creating jobs, growing revenues and for expending the investment opportunities, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency was established on February 19, 2014. The agency is assigned to coordinate and mediate the process of developing innovations and technologies within the country.

The agency promotes knowledge-sharing and innovative entrepreneurship. Since, creative environment and people are the drivers for the country’s innovative development, one of the priorities within Georgia’s Innovation Strategy 2020 is to support the formation of creative industries in Georgia, e.g.

In addition to supporting different initiatives, the Agency operates technology parks, innovation centers, innovation labs, accelerators and business incubators to collect and develop creative and innovative ideas and promote interdisciplinary approach.

The development of new-technologies is also highlighted within the Culture Strategy 2025.  

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

According to a World Bank report, published in June 2013, "Innovation in Georgia" Georgian companies, which are actively using innovations in their work are developing faster and are creating 30% more jobs than other companies.

in May 30-31, 2014 Game Jam competition was held in Tbilisi organized  by the Agency of Innovation and Technology and Association of Computer Games Developers IGDA Georgia.The event became the platform for the game developers, designers and programmers to be connected and they got the experience in joint, coordinated teamwork. In the framework of the Game Jam competition the perspectives and commercial potential of the gaming sector became evident. Developed gaming industry leads to employment of specialists and brings enormous benefits to the state’s economy.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Economy
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

Culture and Education

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Georgian state has implemented several measures in order to support arts and culture education and the development of new generations of professionals. Notably, 14 LEPLs operating under the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection ensure the artistic and cultural education in the fields of visual arts, music, dance. These organizations are funded by the Ministry of Culture which, in addition, elaborates and supervises organization of different master classes and trainings for teachers of art education institutions.

In addition of these educational institutions, the governement of Georgia has established the International Centre for Education. The mission of the Centre is to contribute strengthening democratic, social and economic development of the country by supporting enhancement of education quality and preparation of professional human resources. The program aims to encourage young people in Georgia, amongst them the students mastering cultural professions, to get involved in academic mobility and obtain internationally recognized academic degree(s) at world leading universities. 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

While 14 the LEPLs ensure the education of future professionals of arts and culture locally, the International Centre for Education provides unique opportunity for young Georgians to obtain education in  the world’s leading institutions. Once scholarship recipients complete their state-funded course(s), the master and doctoral program graduates must return to Georgia and continue working in the relevant sector for at least three years. The most successful graduates will be offered profiled state employment. As well as employment, the program will assist graduates to create social, academic and professional networks that will serve to expand their individual professional contacts, as well as contribute to inter-sectoral cooperation and joint work of the same graduates in projects and research within the public sector. In addition to International Master’s degree and Doctoral programs for 2015-2016, the Centre provides Professional Development and Retraining Program for Public Servants, Partner University Program and Alumni Program. 

 

 

 
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Approximately 5500 students are trained in arts and culture education institutions every year. in 2014-2016 years in total 270 scholarships were granted by the Centre for students obtaining master's and PHD degree at various universities worldwide. The number of qualified cultural professionals was increased in different areas, including arts, conservation and restoration; arts management and policymaking, etc. 10 students of arts and culture are the beneficiaries of the Centre.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
MoC, International Education Centre
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N / A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

Public-sector Support for Diversity on Broadcasting

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The mission of the Georgian Public Broadcaster is to reinforce democratic values, raise the level of public education, encourage diversity and social integration as well as to uphold historical heritage and cultural traditions. According to the law the public television shall: “cover the pluralism of opinions existing in the public; broadcast a relevant proportion of programs for minority groups, in their language; reflect ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, age, gender diversity in the programs; broadcast a relevant number of programes prepared by minority groups in their language; promote the state identity, values and cultural diversity'; take into consideration the interest of people with disabilities;

The objectives of the GPB are:

  • Adequately informing of the greater society in terms of on-going political, social and cultural processes in Georgia and internationally;
  • Contributing to civil society and larger national debates by providing reliable and impartial information, which sufficiently impacts the choices made by informed citizens;
  • Promoting Georgia’s interests and shared values by appreciating the diversity of opinions within an atmosphere of open public dialogue and an environment of tolerance;
  • Sharing in the contributions being made to public education and reforms that are designed to provide the means to bring about informed choices in sciences, including environmental responsibility and participation in organizations representing civil society;
  • Raising the standard of governmental accountability, community and civil society representation, and opening the door for greater self-awareness, self-actualisaiton and engagement among the young generation;
  • Publicly showcasing the diverse array of high quality works of contemporary and classical art and literary achievements;
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Broadcasting industry in Georgia is regulated by the Constitution of Georgia, the law of Georgia on Broadcasting, the Election Code of Georgia, the Law of Georgia on Regulatory Authorities, the Law of Georgia on Copyright and the Related Rights and other legal acts. The content-related obligations of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) are defined by the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting adopted in 2014, that boosted the process of transformation of Georgian TV from being a state broadcaster into a public broadcaster.

The GPB  unites twoTV channels: "First Channel" (since 1956) and "Second Channel" (since 1971). It is also comprised of two Radio stations - "Radio One" FM 102.4 (since 1925) and "Radio Two" FM 100.9 (since 1995). Presently, 90% of the Georgian population receive the First Channel, and 55% receive the Second Channel. Georgian TV's programmes are also received by satellite and over the Internet in a number of European and Asian countries.

Georgian Parliament elects a Board of Trustees, composed of nine members. In addition of the legal documents, the Board establishes annual programme priorities which is based on several sources, including legislation, research on attitudes toward the broadcaster and recommendations worked out by NGOs working on media issues and monitoring GPB activities (in 2015 these recommendations were proposed by the Media Development Foundation (MDF) and United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) and mainly referred to informing the ethnic minorities about Euro-Atlantic integration process and reporting on the issues of diversity). According to the priorities the share of cultural programs related with ethnic, cultural, social, religious, gender diversity should be increased. Also, GPB should increase production of films, performances.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Following to the implementation of GPB priorites, the media space will be more democratic and diversified; cultural identity will be promoted; Apart of purely comercial interest,  educational and cultural content will be provided to Georgian society. Creativity will be encouraged within the society in Georgia and cultural uniqueness will be revealed; formation of a diverse society based on the principles of personal freedom, equality and fairness, united by citizen responsibility and solidarity will be supported, protecting cultural identity by offering educational and instructive, information and entertaining media- products and services will be promoted

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB)
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The average annual budget is 40 000 000 laris (17 mln Euro)

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Promoting Gender Equality in Georgia

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure supports prevention and elimination of all kind of gender discrimination in all spheres of social life, creates appropriate conditions for implementation of equal rights, freedoms and opportunities of women and men; It also promotes Women's political and economic empowerment; enhancement of women’s role in peace and security efforts and protection of domestic violence victimes/survivors.  

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

In 2011 The Parliament of Georgia approved The Action Plan 2012-2015 for implementation of the UN Security Council on “Women, Peace and security”. The document is focused solely on domestic violence and supports:  participation of women in security and peace-building related matters; consideration of women’s needs in conflict prevention processes; preventing sexual and gender based violence against women in the conflict and post-conflict period; protecting women affected by conflict and war from the threats of physical, social, economic and political nature; addressing special needs of women in war/conflict and post-conflict situations.

In 2015 was drafted and prepared for approval the National Action Plan on the Measures to be Implemented for Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims/Survivors, both covering the 2016-2017 period. The document covers violence against women more broadly, including both, domestic and sexual violence issues.

According the national Law on Gender Equality, Gender Equality Council was established at the Parliament of Georgia for the purpose of ensuring regular and coordinated work on gender issues. The Council  submits the annual  report  on  the  status  of  gender  equality  in  Georgia to  the Parliament  of Georgia,  prepares  reports  on  the status of implementation of obligations assumed at the international level with respect to gender equality.

In 2014, The Parliament of Georgia adopted the National Action Plan 2014-2016 for Implementation of Gender Equality Policy. The Action Plan aims at creating and strengthening institutional mechanisms and platforms for better addressing gender equality issues and approximating the national law on gender equalities with international standards.

2015 was declared as the Year of Women by the President of Georgia offering an exceptional opportunity for further advancement of women's rights and underlining the need to increase participation of women in public and political life including through temporary special measures and quotas.

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Women's political and economic rights are empowered;  equality in labor relations, in the sphere of education and science, in access to informational resources, in the sphere of healthcare and social protection, in family relations are guaranteed;  women’s role in peace and security efforts are enhanced; violence against women and girls is prevented; regular dialogue on advancement of women’s rights and gender equality is set up;  DV victims/survivors are protected and specialized services for victims/survivors of sexual violence in Georgia are established.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Government of Georgia
Georgian Parliament
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Raising Awareness about Gender Equality Through Culture and Arts

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure aims to support exhibitions, performances, research, publications, conference dedicated to gender issues; It encourages participation of women in culture and arts related activities as are  concerts, exhibitions, festivals.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia supported about 32 projects focused on gender issues or/and initiated by women from 2012 onwards.In addition to the Ministry’s direct involvement in providing financial support for the aforementioned activities, a large-scale collaboration between the UN Joint Programme to Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia and the Georgian National Film Centre took place in 2014. The aim of the partnership was to initiate the creation of the documentary reflecting the gender issues, women’s rights in particular. As a result - Speak Out! Was produced. The film is a documentary telling the story of violence against women and domestic violence in Georgia, reflecting the true accounts of suffering by many women.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

On the one hand women, especially from the regions will be more involved in cultural processes and on the other hand, culture and arts will be used as the catalyst for strengthening the principles of gender equality.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
the Georgian National Film Centre
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ YOUTH

National Youth Policy of Georgia

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Georgian National Youth Strategy document was developed in 2015 by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia with the joint efforts of the state agencies, the youth, the civil society, the private sector and international and local organizations.  The document regulates a wide range of issues related to the development of persons of 14-29 years of age.

The Youth Policy aims at encouraging establishment of relevant environment for a comprehensive youth development to fully realize their potential and active involvement in all the spheres of the public life. In order to achieve this goal, the Youth Policy encompasses the following priorities:
 - Creating opportunities for the youth to be involved in social, economic, cultural and political life;

-  Creating opportunities for appropriate and high quality education, worthy employment and professional growth for the youth;

  • Establishing a healthy lifestyle and improving access to and quality of the healthcare services provided in the youth friendly environment;
  •  Increasing awareness among young people on the civil rights and responsibilities, and creating a safe and secure environment for young people, protecting their rights and supporting the young people with special needs.

With regard to the culture, policy objectives are as follows:

  • increase the scope of cultural, creative and recreational programs
  •  involve more young people in preservation of cultural heritage monuments;
  •  increase awareness of young compatriots residing abroad about the cultural, ingenious and recreational life of their home country,
  •  facilitate participation of the young people residing on the occupied territories in the cultural life of the country and help maintain the contact of young people separated by the occupation borders
  • encourage preserving cultural and ethnic diversity.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The National Youth Strategy covers 4 strategic directions: Participation; Education, employment and mobility; Health and Special Support and Protection. 

Participation is focused on: raising the youth awareness regarding their civil rights and responsibilities ; promoting non-formal education in youth work ; enhancing relevant skills and opportunities for young people to participate in the decision making process ; supporting youth initiatives ; developing the culture of volunteering, support involvement of young people in cultural, creative and leisure activities; raising environmental awareness and involving young people in environmental activities.

Under Education priority are envisaged :  increasing qualifications, competitiveness and work efficiency of young people; creating relevant conditions for education for all the young people; increasing efforts to improve the social and economic living conditions of young people residing in the regions, mountainous areas and in the areas adjacent to the occupation lines ; support the academic mobility of students and academic staff in teaching, learning and research processes both in Georgia and abroad.

Health priority focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle amongst young people ; increasing the awareness and education about sexual and reproductive health and rights and improving accessibility to and quality of medical services; developing services for improving young people’s mental health ; carrying out a vigorous campaign to prevent abuse of psychoactive drugs among the young people.

Special support and Protection aims at increasing the opportunities offered by social assistance programs in order to better meet the needs of young people affected by poverty ; preventing crimes and ensuring reintegration and resocialization of young people with special needs ; raising awareness of young people about their rights, promoting the culture of non-violence and safety among young people and providing special protection and supporting young victims of violence, inhuman and derogatory treatment and dignity defamation.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The youth will be encouraged to participate in social, economic, cultural and political life of the country; Accessibility to healthcare will be improved. Awareness among young people on the civil rights and responsibilities will be raised ensuring safe and secure environment for young people;  Inclusiveness of young people with special needs will be guaranteed.- 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

N/A. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ YOUTH

Become a Young Ambassador of Your Country

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The main objective of the programe is egaging youth in the promotion of Georgia's cultural and intellectual potential abroad.

 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The International Education Centre (IEC) of Georgia has launched a new program for young Georgian Ambassadors  to enhance relations with foreign partners.

The IEC, a Government-initiated entity that supported quality education abroad, developed a new program for Georgian IEC scholarship recipients learning abroad to represent their home nation during the year they carry out their overseas education.

If selected, the young Ambassadors major task would be to raise awareness of Georgia by hosting fun activities, teach students about Georgia’s unique history and culture and encourage interest in Georgia’s economic, sporting, youth issues and more.The programme gives the young Georgians living and studying abroad an opportunity to become “young ambassadors” for one-year and thus inform their peers in the host countries about Georgia’s economy, education, culture, sports, youth policy and history; also creating a network of foreign young friends, representatives of Georgian Diaspora; promotion of prospective staff for the public service.

In the frames of the Young Ambassadors Meeting, the young ambassadors present their one-year action plan and have meetings with the representatives of cultural, economical and other spheres.

The selection of the Young Ambassadors is based upon an open competition that envisages participation of young Georgian students abroad (from 18 to 29). 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The results expected are as follows:

  • Visibility and promotion of the country through informing foreign young people of country's culture and its intellectual potential
  • Creation of the "Friends of Georgia" network
  • Establishment of links with Georgian diaspora. 
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
International Educational Center
The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The government of Georgia financially supports the initiatives of the selected Young Ambassadors.  Programe envisages allocation of  fixed amount of approx.7000 GEL (2800 Euro) per applicant. 

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No