On December 15, the EU launched three major EU4Justice projects in Georgia: Support to Judiciary, Support to Criminal Justice and Support to Penitentiary and Probation Systems in Georgia.
Janos Herman, Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia, gave an opening speech to launch the event after which talks were also delivered by the Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia Aleksandre Baramidz, Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia Nino Gvenetadze, Chairman of Constitutional Court Zaza Tvadze, Deputy Minister of Corrections Zviad Mikhanashvili, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Shalva Khutsishvili and Deputy Chief Prosecutor Giorgi Gogadze.
The team Leaders of the three projects presented their teams and the main priorities and directions of their work.
PMCG, in a consortium led by ICE Consulting, has been contracted to implement the criminal justice support project which aims to strengthen the rule of law and human rights protection in Georgia in line with its international commitments. Furthermore, PMCG will support the Ministry of Justice of Georgia in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Criminal Justice Strategy, and in advancing reforms to the Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Internal Affairs in line with international standards and commitments.
This EU-funded project pursues many important objectives, including: the development, coordination and monitoring of the criminal justice reform policy; the professional development of staff from the mentioned ministries, prosecutor’s office, and police; raising awareness on human rights and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR); improving the work of public relations and human resources departments; and strengthening the general management capacity in the relevant institutions.
By implementing these three EU4Justice projects, Georgia will enhance and develop in terms of its criminal justice, and the prosecution and investigation of crimes, and will gain more independent and transparent judiciary, penitentiary and probation systems.