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Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Finland

 

Finland

 

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations with Georgia were established on July 8, 1992.

Ambassadors of Georgia to Finland

Amiran Kavadze (since November 3, 2006 - until May 31, 2011);

Konstantine Kavtaradze (since June 1, 2011 - to date).

Ambassadors of Finland to Georgia

Jan Henrik Groop (20.11.95. - 30.11.98);

Karl Yunge Bjorn Ekblom (30.11.98. - 19.06.2001);
Timo Aleksi Lahelma (19.06.2001. - 30.11.04);
Terhi Hakala  (01.09.2004 - 15.10.2007);

Petri Salo (24.04.2008 -to date).

Honorary Consuls

Aleksandre Rondeli - Honorary Consul of the Republic of Finland to Georgia.

Embassy of Georgia located in Helsinki

Political section of the Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Finland started functioning in Helsinki from April 2008 (with one diplomat at the place).

In November, 2011, the Embassy of Georgia was officially opened in Helsinki. The Embassy is still represented by one diplomat, who is subordinated by the Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden and to the Republic of Finland, Mr. Konstantine Kavtaradze.

Fields of Cooperation

As Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE, Finland played a major role in the ceasefire negotiations during the war between the Russian Federation and Georgia in August 2008. In line with the EU policy, Finland supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Finland supports the Eastern Partnership and its active development. Finland welcomes the strengthening of relations between Georgia and the EU through concluding of the visa facilitation agreement and elaboration of the Association Agreement with the deep and comprehensive free trade component (DCFTA).

Finland participates in crisis management efforts in Georgia. The European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia deploys 25 Finnish experts.

Finland's new Framework Programme for Development Policy in East Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, the Wider Europe Initiative (WEI) is implemented from 2010.

Finnish Government allocated 680 000 Euros to strengthen the capacity of environmental management systems in Georgia. Relevant agreement was signed on 23 March, 2007. Additional 2 mln Euros were allocated in 2008 by Finland in order to restore Georgian environment after Russian invasion.

Trade Turnover between Georgia and the Republic of Finland in 2000-2011 (in thousand USD)

Year

Export

           Import

2000

5.8    

1,780.8    

2001

60.0    

10,528.3    

2002

-    

2,812.6    

2003

1.5    

2,684.6    

2004

-    

6,337.5    

2005

-    

13,250.3    

2006

183.9    

26,563.7    

2007

6,891.8    

37,689.1    

2008

1,060.6    

41,343.5    

2009

        587.5

        12,346.0

2010

2011

      0.9 mln

      1.6 mln

        15.5 mln

       16.8 mln

 

Legal Framework

"Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Finland" entered into force on December 30, 2007;

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Finland on the cooperation in the development of Environmental Monitoring and Management Systems in Georgia" entered into force on August 22, 2007;

"Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Finland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to taxes on Income" entered into force on July 23, 2008. 


Important Visits

From Georgia to the Republic of Finland

February 7, 2006 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Gela Bezhuashvili to the Republic of Finland;

November 24, 2006 - Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Gela Bezhuashvili to the Republic of Finland;

October 10-12, 2007 - Official visit of the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to Finland;

May 30, 2008 - Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ms. Eka Tkeshelashvili to Finland;

December 4-5, 2008 - Participation of Georgian Delegation Headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ms. Eka Tkeshelashvili in OSCE Ministerial Council held in Helsinki, Finland;

April 2-5, 2009 - Official visit of the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Mr. David Bakradze to the Republic of Finland;

April 22, 2009 - Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze to Finland;

April 8, 2010 - Working visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze to Finland;

November 3-4, 2011 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze to Finland.

 

From Finland to Georgia

September 28-29, 2005 - Official visit of the President of the Republic of Finland Mrs. Tarja Halonen to Georgia;

April 18, 2006 - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland Mr. Erkki Tuomioja to Georgia;

November 1-4, 2007 - Participation of State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland Mr. Pertti Torstila in Tbilisi Summit "Building Europe's East";

January 22, 2008 - Visit of the Delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament to Georgia;

February 27, 2008 - Visit of Mr. Ilkka Kanerva OSCE Chairman-in-Office/Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland;

August 10, 2008 - Visit of Mr. Alexander Stubb, OSCE Chairman-in-Office/Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland;

August 21, 2008 - Visit of Mr. Alexander Stubb, OSCE Chairman-in-Office/Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland;

September 7-8, 2010 - Visit of Mr. Alexander Stubb, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland;

August 31, 2011- Visit of Mr. Esko Hamilo, Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations of Finland

 

April 3, 2012- Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland Mr. Erkki Tuomioja to Georgia.

 

Links

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland: http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?culture=en-US&contentlan=2

Government of the Republic of Finland:  http://www.vn.fi/etusivu/en.jsp

Parliament of the Republic of Finland:  http://web.eduskunta.fi

Åland islands: http://www.aland.ax/alandinbrief

 

 

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