EU grants and loans to Georgia are for resettling migrants rather than infrastructure development

Summary

The money which Georgia loaned from Germany after Chancellor Merkel’s visit on the 22nd August 2018 is likely not to be intended for infrastructure projects, as the two sides declared, but rather for the resettlement of migrants in Georgia.

The EUR 3.4 billion, which the EU recently allocated to Georgia, will probably also be spent on creating good living conditions for migrants in Georgia.

 

Disproof

The EU, and Germany in particular, demanding resettlement of migrants to Georgia is a recurring pro-Russian narrative (see earlier EU vs Disinfo cases here and here and Mythdector reports here and here).

The only migrants German Chancellor Merkel discussed during her visit to Tbilisi were Georgians seeking asylum in Germany. The development cooperation deals totalling more than EUR 193 million included drinking water, waste water, and natural gas storage facility projects (see earlier EU vs Disinfo cases here and here and a Deutsche Welle report on the visit here).

As for the recently allocated EUR 3.4 billion, it was committed under the Indicative Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Investment Action Plan, designed by the EU in cooperation with the World Bank and six Eastern Partnership (EaP) member states in line with the EaP initiative’s goal of delivering tangible results for citizens across the region. The Action Plan has nothing to do with migration-related issues and seeks to bolster economic growth in the EaP region by enhancing transport infrastructure.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Germany, Georgia
  • Keywords: migration, Eastern Partnership, UN, Angela Merkel
  • Outlet: Georgia and the World
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