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With the support of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF), a meeting was held in the city of Zugdidi within the framework of the ongoing project at the Energy Training Center of GNERC

With the support of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF), a meeting was held in the city of Zugdidi within the framework of the ongoing project "Sharing the experience of the Visegrad countries on the regulation of public utilities" at the Energy Training Center of GNERC.

Eleonora Lagvilava, a board member of the Energy Training Center, along with Temur Tordinava, an esteemed expert from the center, enlightened meeting participants on the project's significance and the forthcoming events.

According to Eleonora Lagvilava, the main goal of the project is to share the experience of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia in matters of regulation of electricity, natural gas and water supply utilities for Georgia, which will contribute to the further improvement of the current processes in the country.

Temur Tordinava introduced the research planned within the project to the participants of the meeting. According to him, with the research component, it will be possible to identify existing needs, challenges and trends and plan ways to solve them.

With the support of  the International Visegrad Fund (IVF), the current project at the Energy Training Center - "Sharing the experience of the Visegrad countries on the regulation of public utilities" aims to share the experience of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in matters of regulation of utility services for Georgia, Study of the regulatory framework, analysis and based on the obtained results, taking into account the best practices of the Visegrad countries, promoting the development of the capacities of the local participants of the project.

Project partners are: Research Center of Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) (Slovakia), Environmental Center of Karl University (Czech Republic), Foundation "Partners for Climate" (P4C) (Poland). The project includes the development of a research document on the regulatory framework of communal services, the preparation of the best international practical examples, the preparation of examples by Visegrad countries' partners, the organization of educational events - trainings and public lectures.Various activities of the project will be implemented in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. The project will be completed in February 2025.

A website has been created within the project: www.v4share.com.

The International Visegrad Fund (IVF) 

The International Visegrad Fund (IVF) supports regional cooperation in order to deepen relations, exchange ideas and promote mutual cooperation between civil society organizations. The Found supports the promotion of European values in Central Europe, striving to strengthen ties to create a better future.

Elizbar Eristavi Energy Training Center

Elizbar Eristavi Energy Training Center (ENTC), established by the Georgian National Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (GNERC), builds the capacity of stakeholders in the electricity, natural gas, water supply and and a melioration sectors. The center addresses sector challenges, fosters collaboration, and enhances the nation's energy future through educational initiatives, awareness campaigns, and knowledge sharing, leveraging innovative tools.

Project partners:

Research Center of Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) 

Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) is a Bratislava-based think tank that promotes informed foreign policy through independent research, active debate and practical recommendations for decision-makers. Using critical analysis and community engagement, the organization publishes diverse publications, hosts international expert forums, and empowers future generations to tackle global challenges.

Charles University Environment Center, Czechia 

Charles University Environment Center, as part of Charles University, is a leading institution in the field of environmental research, which carries out activities in the socio-economic direction. The center provides consulting and expert support to both university employees and students, as well as to the general public in the field of environmental and energy economy, in the field of sustainability indicators and education support, for the formation of pro-environmental behavior.

Partners for Climate Foundation (P4C), Poland 

The Partners for Climate Foundation (P4C) acts as an activator to create a climate-neutral future in Poland and beyond. By supporting initiatives that aim to reduce CO2 emissions, P4C promotes real change locally and internationally. P4C strives to ensure a sustainable future.