Fields of Cooperation
The legal base between Georgia and the Kingdom of Norway covers 7 agreements and regulates areas such as rule of law, readmission and double taxation.
Cooperation between interagency bodies is developing actively and comprises fields of defense, energy, culture, education and environment protection.
Significant investment has been made by the Kingdom of Norway to Georgia`s energy sector in Adjara to enhance and develop the capacity of hydropower potential.
In terms of further deepening the economic cooperation, it should be noted that the comprehensive Free Trade Agreement was signed with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), during the official visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili to the Swiss confederation, on 27 June 2016.
Cooperation in the field of defense since 2010 has been very active and includes participation of personnel of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia in the Norwegian educational programs.
To support Georgia`s defence capacity building, Norway took a leadership of NATO`s new “Trust Fund”. Till 2020, the fund will finance the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC), where Norway already has its own staff (including the head of the Center).
Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research actively cooperates with the Ministry of Education of Georgia to develop inclusive education at the public schools of Georgia.
Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the National Museum and Cultural Heritage Protection Agency of Georgia in cooperation with Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage, rehabilitated Chitaia ethnographic open-air museum and reconstructed the district of Bethlehem.
The Norwegian government allocated 3 million Norwegian crowns to the International School of Economics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, to train the new generation of students in the field of energy, economics and environmental protection.
Since 2008, Tbilisi State Conservatoire has been cooperating with the Norwegian Academy of Music. Music technology studio has been founded, which provides for the improvement of students’ qualification.
With the support of NORLAG and Oslo Deichmann Municipal Library, in penitentiary facility N5 a library has been opened and operates successfully.
With the support of the Norwegian legal experts (NORLAG) in Georgia, the Norwegian Government took an active part in improving the justice system and the reform of the penitentiary system in Georgia. In addition, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) worked to help IDPs. In 2013 the NORLAG`s and NRC missions mandates expired.
Embassy of Norway in Tbilisi
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs