The Council of the European Union on Friday approved a €20 million assistance package for strengthening Georgia's defence capabilities, the Georgian Defence Ministry said.
The new package of financial assistance for the country was approved within the framework of the European Peace Facility, an off-budget funding mechanism for EU actions with military and defence implications.
The package will also promote Georgia's active cooperation with the European Union within the framework of the bloc’s Common Security and Defence Policy.
The European Peace Facility will provide support to Georgia in cyber security for the first time this year, with the package also aiming to strengthen military-medical, military-engineering and transport capabilities.
In comments over the approval of the package, the Georgian Defence Ministry said the development “once again” demonstrated Georgia’s status as the EU’s “most important” and “reliable” partner in the region.
The body also said the sides had a “strong interest in deepening cooperation in defence and security, including for increasing resilience to various hybrid threats”.
The European Union continues to actively engage in the process of promoting peace and stability in Georgia, strongly supporting the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders”, the Ministry noted in its response.