Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Estonia

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Estonia and Georgia were established on 16 June 1992.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Estonia:

From 2004 to 2007 – Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Estonia with the Residence in Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • David Aptsiauri 2004-2007;

Georgian Embassy was opened to the Republic of Estonia in 2007.

  • Tea Akhvlediani 2014 – 2019
  • Ruslan Abashidze 2009-2013
  • Zurab Marshania (charge d’affaires ) 2007-2009

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia:

Embassy of the Republic of Estonia opened in Georgia in December 2006.

  • Kai Kaarelson  2016 – to date
  • Priit Turk 2012 – 2016.
  • Toomas Lukk 2008-2012;
  • Harry Lahtein (charge d’affaires) 2007-2008;

Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia: Otar Sharadze (consular district of Batumi) 2009 – to date

Main fields of Cooperation

Georgia and Estonia have close friendly and strategic relations in almost every sphere of cooperation. Nearly 20 international agreements signed between the two countries create solid legal basis for cooperation is the fields of defense and security, economy and tourism, environmental protection, education, culture and more. Countries cooperate closely within the International organizations.

Parliaments of Georgia and Estonia cooperate actively. Interparliamentary friendship groups are established in both legislative bodies and Georgian and Estonian lawmakers are holding regular meetings and exchanging visits. Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu) has adopted number of resolutions and statements supporting Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Georgia is one of the priority countries of Estonian Development Cooperation since 2006. Central areas of Estonian-Georgian development cooperation for the period 2016-2018 derive from Georgia's development priorities based on socio-economic development strategy, the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and the Association Agenda, namely strengthening of democratic state structures and systems, improving the quality of education, support for entrepreneurship, as well as human rights, gender equality, ICT, environment protection etc. Estonia is an important partner in terms of implementation of the EU funded Twinning projects. Estonia already concluded 3 Twinning projects in following areas: sanitary & phytosanitary, capacity building of the academy of the MOF and strengthening the e-governance according Estonia’s exclusive experience in developing e-Governance systems.

Active cooperation is ongoing between the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training and Research Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Estonian School of Diplomacy which annually offers scholarships to Georgian public servants to pass diploma courses. In 2011 Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP) was established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia to help to develop administrative capacities of civil servants and senior officials from Eastern Partnership countries, foster relations between the state institutions of Estonia and Eastern Partners and the civil society as well as contribute towards achieving EU’s Eastern Partnership policy goals.

Georgia and Estonia enjoy unprecedented sectoral cooperation in variety of fields. The two countries cooperate in the field of defense, including military education. Estonia finances the study of Georgian representatives at the Baltic Defense College of Tartu. High-level defense course is supported by the Estonian side. Being one the leading countries in cyber security in the EU and NATO, Estonia helps raising Georgia’s cyber security capabilities by organizing trainings and consultations. Georgian and Estonian militaries participate in joint military exercises.

Business fora with participation of Georgian and Estonian Business representatives are held regularly in order to foster economic cooperation and fully use the existing investment potential. In 2015 the countries agreed on promotion and reciprocal protection of investments.  Estonian investments in Georgia include the energy sector and real estate. Tax legislation reform that entered into force on 1 January 2017 envisaged the modification of Georgia’s income tax rules according to the Estonian Taxation Model. Georgian and Estonian sides also cooperation in the fields of innovations and ICT, the spheres where Estonia has advanced expertise.

For more than 10 years Georgian and Estonian Governments continue partnership to reform Georgia’s education system. In the frames of these ongoing cooperation Estonian governmental foundation “Innove” helps coordinate and promote reforms in general and vocational education, while the foundation “Archimedes” concentrates on higher education and research.

Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs annually grants scholarships for the students from Georgia for studies at the Technical University of Tallinn, Universities of Tartu and Tallinn. Number of Georgian students at the Estonian Universities is increasing every year.

Cooperation in the field of culture is very active. In July 2013, Opera and Ballet Theatres of Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi performed at the Saaremaa International Opera Festival. This event was unprecedented in terms of promotion of Georgian culture in Estonia as well as Baltic/Nordic region. In 2015 Georgia was the “Focus country” of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) which is one of the main cultural events in the country.

In 2013, Georgian-Estonian co-production the movie “Tangerines” was released which has been awarded at number of international film festivals. As a result of Georgian-Estonian cooperation two more films have been released - director Zaza Urushadze produced the film “The confession” in cooperation with Estonian company “Allfilm” in 2017 while Ana Urushadze directed third Georgian-Estonian co-production “Scary mother” in 2018.

Useful Links

Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Estonia
Embassy of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
President of the Republic of Estonia
Parliament of the Republic of Estonia
Government of the Republic of Estonia