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Denmark increases support to Georgia

"Good measures should be rewarded," the development minister said as he announced that the former Soviet republic of Georgia can look forward to a fivefold increase in support from Denmark.

Denmark increases support to Georgia
People wave Georgian and European flags during celebrations for the signing of an association agreement with the EU on June 27th. Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Scanpix
Following the EU's Association Agreement signed with former Soviet republics Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova last week, Denmark has announced a steep increase in financial support to Georgia.
 
The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, said on Wednesday that Denmark would increase its financial contributions to Georgia from the current five million kroner ($916,000) to 25 million kroner ($4.6 million) per year.
 
This comes just days after the three eastern countries signed a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement with the EU. The free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the EU were widely seen as a historic shift away from Russia. 
 
“Georgia, like Ukraine and Moldova, sent an important signal on Friday that it wants tighter bonds with the EU,” Jensen said in a statement. “Georgia is on the verge of implementing a series of important reforms, strengthening its democracy, pushing forward private sector development and reforming the public sector in accordance with EU laws. And good measures should be rewarded, therefore I find it natural to increase support to Georgia.”
 
With the increase, Denmark has made Georgia a priority country in a development programme, Naboskabsprogrammet 2013-17, that focuses on countries east of the EU. The seven priority countries are Ukraine, Georgia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Belarus and Moldova.

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UKRAINE

Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

Denmark on Monday reopened its embassy in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced during a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital.

Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

“It is a very strong symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people that today we are reopening the doors of the Danish embassy,” Kofod said in a statement.

The move, which follows similar ones by other Western nations, had not been made public in advance.

Denmark closed the embassy following the Russian invasion of its pro-Western neighbour.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited Kyiv on April 21st, together with her Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez.

During her visit, Frederiksen announced an additional 600 million Danish 
kroner
(81 million euros) in military aid to Ukraine, bringing  Denmark’s total military aid to one billion kroner.

Denmark is the first of the Nordic countries to reopen its embassy in Ukraine.

It will initially operate with limited staffing before gradually returning to normal levels, the foreign ministry said.

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