Georgia signed an Association Agreement with the EU in 2014, which entered into force in July 2016. The Agreement aims to promote political association and economic integration between Georgia and the EU. It is designed to contribute to the strengthening of democracy and to political, economic and institutional stability in Georgia as well as to support Georgia’s efforts to develop its economic potential through enhanced international cooperation. The Agreement introduces a preferential trade regime – the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) – which is designed to better align Georgia’s regulatory and legislative framework with that of the EU and increase market access between Georgia and the EU. In addition, Georgia is expected to adopt EU approaches to policy-making, strengthen anti-corruption efforts and undertake public administration and civil service reform which, in turn, are expected to improve the country’s governance, strengthen the rule of law and provide more economic opportunities for Georgia as well as attract higher levels of foreign investment. The Association Agreement also includes conditional provisions in relation to energy sector reforms and as a contracting party of the European Energy Community, Georgia is required to develop its regulatory framework and liberalise its energy market in line with the acquis under the Energy Community Treaty. The Government of Georgia has already launched a series of reforms and initiated important policy actions to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Association Agreement and DCFTA. However, in order to accelerate this process, access the associated economic benefits, and analyse and utilise advice received from international experts provided by other donors, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (MoESD, responsible for coordination of DCFTA implementation among state entities; cooperation with relevant EU structures; and delivering the government’s 2016-2020 SME Development Strategy, among other priorities) has identified an urgent need for short-term analytical expertise to accelerate this process and access the associated economic benefits. The outcome of this Assignment is expected to be improved institutional capacity within the MoESD and an acceleration of structural reforms and major investment projects led by the ministry. In turn, this should result in accelerated progress by Georgia in benefitting from the opportunities provided by the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU.
The outcome of this Assignment is expected to be improved institutional capacity within the MoESD and an acceleration of structural reforms and major investment projects led by the ministry. In turn, this should result in accelerated progress by Georgia in benefitting from the opportunities provided by the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU.
The three energy experts (one senior, one junior and one legal expert) will support the design and implementation of renewable energy auctions in Georgia through the development of detailed recommendations for the design of a competitive bidding process for renewable energy. They will also support Georgia’s electricity and gas market liberalisation process in line with the EU Third Energy Package and the Energy Community Treaty, working on 4 key policy reform milestones (including Transmission System Operator and Distribution System Operator unbundling and Renewable Energy support schemes) to introduce EU Energy best practice over the 24 month period. The experts will also be expected to act as a key interlocutor between the MoESD and other key stakeholders, ensuring effective coordination on energy related matters.
The two experts working on inter-regional connectivity will support the MoESD by coordinating and providing analytical expertise in the research and development of key reform initiatives and investment decisions, as well as strategic coordination and support for the implementation and monitoring of policies and projects taken forward.
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