On Thursday, the EU and Georgia launched three new major projects under this Programme.
These three projects, each of them worth 5 million lari and set for 2.5 years, consist of consultancy services provided by teams of highly qualified and experienced EU and Georgian experts to the relevant ministries, courts, and other state institutions with a general objective to improve the access and delivery of justice to people in Georgia.
More specifically they aim
Judiciary Support Project
to ensure fair and prompt judicial trials for all people by better strategic planning across the judiciary, enhancing skills of judges, reviewing methods of their selection and promotion, designing modern electronic tools of management and case allocations, enhancing the use of ethics and disciplinary tools, improving the court's public relations and strengthening the Constitutional Court;
Criminal Justice Support Project
to design and apply modern services by the Ministry of Justice, prosecutors and investigators by improving their policies, practices and management methods and arrangements, and enhancing skills and human rights awareness of their staff;
Penitentiary and Probation Support Project
to improve detention conditions and enhance full resocialization of prisoners and probationers by improving the sector strategies, personnel's skills, prison management methods, rehabilitation and resocialization, as well as non-custodial regimes for convicts or probationers in a way to maintain a proper balance between ensuring public order and security and guaranteeing protection of convicts' rights.
In his speech, János Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, noted: "These three projects are a very good example of how and why the EU and Georgia work together. Our common goal is indeed to make sure that people have equal and fast access to justice. We want that police, investigators, prosecutors and prison staff treat each person in Georgia in a fair and lawful manner. Eventually, this shall also help maintaining stability and democracy as well as giving people more business and employment opportunities. I am confident that the highly qualified and experienced experts that we engaged from Georgia and EU countries will contribute efficiently to this aim."
For more information please contact
Mr Peter Danis
Justice Programme Manager
Delegation of the European Union to Georgia