The agreement on the EU-Georgia visa free regime came into effect on 28 March 2017. Since its implementation, a sharp rise of the number of Georgian nationals seeking asylum in several Schengen States (including France and Germany) has been witnessed, yet Georgia is considered as a « safe country of origin» by 15 EU Member States.
This misuse in the asylum system has been accompanied by an abuse of several countries' healthcare systems (particularly France and Switzerland), with very significant hospital debts. In order to deal with this crisis situation, an action plan was decided, on the one hand to quickly regulate Georgian migratory flows to the EU, and on the other hand to create the conditions for better future air and land border management by the Georgian border guards. Prometheus project is thus embeded in this framework.
Funded by the European Union (DG Home) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), it was conceived within the framework of the multiannual program Mobility Partnership Facility (2018-2020 - total budget : 12.5 million euros).
Description of the action
Prometheus comes in several stages:
1. Assessment of the situation on the Georgia-EU border in close conjunction with the Georgian authorities;
2. Development of a plan and training programme taking into account the needs expressed by our Georgian partners;
3. Sending French and European experts to provide training of trainers and technical assistance on operational sites;
4. Dispatch of Georgian police in support of French and European polices;
5. Sending Georgian officials to France and /or an EU country to strengthen operational ties.
The Prometheus Project started on November 26th 2019 and entered its operational phase on December 2, 2019 with the arrival in Tbilisi of a Team Leader and an assistant. The project will last 13 months.
The project in figures
Budget of the action
26 November 2019
Start of the project
25 December 2020
End of the action