At today's event the EU's project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” assessed the results achieved since its start in 2015. The speakers included the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Mr. Dimitri Kumsishvili, Deputy Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Mr. Archil Karaulashvili, Mr. Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Georgia, Ambassador of Finland H.E. Arja Makkonen as well as the top management of the Investigation Service and implementing partners of the project from the EU Member States.
This project was important because the Investigation Service is the only entity in Georgia responsible for combating economic and financial crimes. The Finnish Institute of Public Management (HAUS) and Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands (FIOD) worked closely with the Ministry of Finance to deliver best EU practices by training staff of the Investigation Service, organizing study tours to EU countries, and developing suggestions for improvements in the investigation process, in fighting tax fraud, tax crimes and intellectual property crimes
This twinning project ran from May 2015 to February 2017 with a total funding of GEL (EUR 1 230 000) and is part of wider EU sector support to reforms in Georgia's public sector. Twinning is an EU initiative, which brings together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing co-operative activities.