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Bilateral Relations Between Georgia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands

 

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands were established on 22 April, 1992.

Georgian Ambassadors to the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

Zurab Abashidze (Brussels (07.04.1998 - 25.05.2000);

Konstantine Zaldastanishvili (Brussels, 26.11.2000 - 01.07.2005);

Salome Samadashvili (Brussels, 01.07.2005 - 01.01.2007);

Maia Panjikidze (The Hague, 01.03.2007 - 15.03.2010 ).

Shota Gvineria (The Hague, 01.05.2010 - to date).

 

Ambassadors of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Georgia:                 

Joris Vos (Moscow, 1990 - 1993);

Godert Baron de Vos van Steenwijk (Moscow, 1993 - 13.06.2000);

Onno Willem Cornelis Hattinga van‘t Sant (Kiev, 13.06.2000 - 29.10.2001);

Harry Molenaar (Tbilisi, 29.10.2001 - 26.09.2005);

Onno Frederik Godenoul Elderenbosch (Tbilisi, 26.09.2005 - 15.08.2009);

Pieter Langenberg (Tbilisi, 15.08.2009 - to date).

Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Georgia:

Irakli Baidoshvili (06.03.1998 - to date)

Fields of Cooperation

  • Bilateral and multilateral political dialogue;
  • The Kingdom of the Netherlands supports the political and economic reforms of the government of Georgia;
  • Priority areas for the assistance from the Dutch side to Georgia are: strengthening of the international rule of law and respect for human rights, peace building, promoting security and stability, effective humanitarian relief and good governance, poverty reduction;
  • Defense Cooperation: The Dutch side supports Georgia in training of personnel of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia in order to introduce effective and transparent system of planning and budgeting. (Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Defense of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Georgia concerning Netherlands advice and support in implementation of a multi-year Financial Management System (FMS) and Human Resource Managements System (HRMS)).

Every year one or two Georgian officers undergo training courses at the Netherlands Defense College in Delft;

  • Cooperation in the field of Education: Diplomatic Centre was established at the Georgian MoFA. The Georgian side appreciates Dutch support concerning the training of young Georgian diplomats - organization of seminars with the participation of experienced Dutch specialists in diplomacy (training course was given by two lecturers from the Clingendael Institute of International Relations at the newly created Diplomatic Centre in February 2006);

Two or three young Georgian diplomats undergo special diplomatic training courses at the Clingendael Institute of International Relations every year;

It should also be underlined that applications from Georgia are eligible for the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) administered by the Netherlands organization for international co-operation in higher education (Nuffic);

  • Cooperation in the field of Environment: several projects are already completed, some projects are in the process of implementation;
  • Culture and Diaspora: It should be underlined that several Dutch-Georgian foundations and Diasporas are already registered and functioning in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They are organizing different events (Georgian Days) and meetings. Various cultural undertakings and projects are already implemented. Some cultural projects are planned for future implementation;

From 2006 Matra (aim is to support the process of social transformation in Central and Eastern Europe) Projects Programme/MPP and Matra/KAP are eligible for Georgia;

Economic Cooperation

  • During the last years the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands already provided macro economic support to the Government of Georgia:

 

Dutch Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Multi-Annual Plan

Objective of the Multi-Annual

Strategic Plan (MASP)

Tentative Funding 2009-2011

Budget 2010

1. Strengthening Human Rights

540.000

200.000

2. A) Increased Stability;

B) Strengthened Governance

180.000

1.200.000

70.000

580.000

4. Sustainable Policies and Economic Growth Aimed at Poverty Reduction

4.500.000

2.000.000

TOTAL

6.420.000

2.850.000

 

  • The Dutch side supports the Public Sector Financial Management Reform project. The cooperation with the Ministry of Finance of Georgia is quite active;

On July 25, 2006 was signed the last MoU between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Program for Cooperation with Emerging Markets (PSOM) and the Partners for Water Program (PfW-program));

  • The Georgian side highly appreciates the decision of the Dutch Government about the starting of the CBI program in Georgia (Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries). The program is a very good instrument for the import of Georgian products on the Dutch and/or EU market (www.cbi.nl);
  • The Georgian side welcomes the participation of Dutch companies in the ongoing privatization process and would like to attract more investments from the Netherlands. Dutch private companies are quite active in Georgia. The development of co-operation in the tourism sector would also be appreciated;
  • The Georgian side already has the Representative of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the Netherlands (Representative of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the Benelux Countries);

Trade relations in 2000-2010 (thousand USD):

Year

Export

Import

2000

1, 956.0

8, 491.0

2001

3, 489.4

10, 499.8

2002

4, 377.8

15, 395.1

2003

9, 894.6

23, 770.0

2004

9, 840.1

34, 600.1

2005

11, 331.9

53, 087.7

2006

6, 564.2

75, 615.8

2007

12,111.4

101,738.7

2008

12,652.5

134,052.8

2009

9,019.6

99,801.3

2010 January-July

21,813,9

101,524.6

Important visits

From Georgia:

3 April 1995 -  Alexandre Chikvaidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

June 1999 -  Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia;

July 2003 -  Nino Burjanadze, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia;

December 2003 -  Nino Burjanadze, Interim President of Georgia;

4-5 May  2005 -  Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia (unofficial visit);

17-18 November 2005  - Giorgi Baramidze, State Minister for Georgia's Integration into European and Euro-Atlantic Structures;

23 May 2006 -  Sandra Elizabeth Roelofs, the First Lady of Georgia (unofficial visit);

5 April  2006 - Mamuka Kudava, Deputy-Minister of Defense of Georgia;

28-30 June 2007 - David Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia;

17-18 October 2007 - Gela Bejuashvili, Minister of Foreign affairs of Georgia;

November 2008 - David Bakradze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia;

12-16 January 2009 - David Darchiashvili, Chairman of the euro integration committee of the parliament of Georgia.

22-23 January 2009 -  Sandra Elizabeth Roelofs, the First Lady of Georgia and Gigi Tsereteli, Vice speaker of the parliament of Georgia.

31 March 2009 - Gregory Vashadze, Minister of Foreign affairs of Georgia;

27-29 June  2009 - Sandra Elizabeth Roelofs, the First Lady of Georgia;

1-2 September 2009 - Tina Burdjaliani, First Deputy Minister of Justice;

17-18 September 2009 - The directors of Political Department, Department of European affairs, Euro integration Department, Security Department of MFA of Georgia/ Bilateral Political Consultations;

28 September- 3 October 2009 - The delegation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia, headed Aleksi Machavariani, First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia;

3-5 November 2009 - Tamar Martiashvili, Deputy minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occuppied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia;

16-18 November 2009 - David Tkeshelashvili,  Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia;

23-27 November 2009 - Nikoloz pruidze, Deputy Minister of Minister of Health, Labour and Social Protection of Georgia;

4-5 march 2010 - Gregory Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

 

From Netherlands':

October 2001 - Gerrit Zalm, Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;

25-27 September 2005 - Karla Peijs, Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;

22-24 June 2006 -  Frans Weisglas, President of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

28 April - 3 May - 2008 - Jaqueline Kramer, The minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and The Environment of the Kingdom of The Netherlands;

May 2008 - Wouter Bos, The Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of The Netherlands;

November 2008 - Peter De Hower, the Head of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands;

11-12 February 2009 - Maxime Verhagen, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands;

6-9 May 2009 - Delegation of Parliament of the Kingdom of Netherlands (representatives of all fractions);

10-14 May 2009 - Eric de Borst, Deputy Director General of the Return and Repatriation Service, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Bob Balion, advisor of the Ministry of Justice;

12-15 October 2009 - Lonneke Kapun Advisor of the Return and Repatriation Service, the Dutch Ministry of Justice;

10-13 November 2009 - Ono Hattinga Van't Sant, Ambassador, Special Representative of the minister of Foreign Affairs in Eastern Partnership and Eastern Neighboring countries.

12-13 July 2010 - Director of Department for Southern and Eastern Europe, Deputy Director of Department for European Integration, Head of Department for political Affairs, Head of Eastern European Section of the Department for Southern and Eastern Europe, Deputy Director of Security Department of foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands/Bilateral Political Consultations. 

20 September 2010 - Ono Hattinga Van't Sant, Ambassador, Special Representative of the minister of Foreign Affairs in Eastern Partnership and Eastern Neighboring countries.

 

  Legal Framework

 1. "Agreement between the Republic of Georgia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Air Services between and Beyond their Respective Territories".

 2. "Joint Declaration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the kingdom Netherlands".

 3. "Agreement between Georgia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investments".

 4. "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion With Respect to Taxes and Income".

 5. "Agreement between Georgia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on International Road Transport".

Link

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