Eastern Partnership Facility

Eastern Partnership Facility

The Council of Europe is a permanent partner in the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative, contributing to platforms on “Democracy, Good Governance and Stability” (Platform 1) and “Contacts between People” (Platform 4), as well as chairing two experts’ panels on corruption and the judiciary. The Council of Europe and the European Union have developed a programme – officially known as a “Facility” to carry out measures developed as part of the platform on Democracy, Good Governance and Stability. Costing €4 000 000, the Facility was signed by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, on 15 December 2010. Its implementation began on 1 March 2011 for a period of 30 months.

Its aim is to provide support to reform processes in the six partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and bring them closer to Council of Europe and European Union standards in core areas such as public administration and electoral standards; judicial reform; fighting cybercrime and corruption, and promoting good governance.

It provides a framework for addressing issues raised by Council of Europe monitoring and advisory bodies, for mobilising expertise and peer advice, and for facilitating exchanges of best practice among participating countries. It will sustain momentum for the process of reform in each country and provide technical assistance and advice through regional co-operation and activities organised at a multilateral level. It will be divided into four projects, as follows:

Project 1: Supporting electoral standards especially in pre-electoral periods
Project 2: Enhancing judicial reform
Project 3: Support measures against serious forms of cybercrime
Project 4: Good governance and the fight against corruption

The CoE EaP Facility has been extended and will be in operation until December 2014 with a newly revised budget of 4.8 M. In 2014, the co-operation activities will continue in three priority areas: ‘the reform of judiciary’, ‘the fight against corruption’ and ‘the fight against cybercrime’. The project ‘Elections’ has been discontinued.

The CoE EaP Facility’s co-ordinating structure:

A CoE EaP Facility Steering Committee will be set up and will enable all the main partners involved (i.e. the CoE, the EU and the national authorities) to be provided with updated information on the projects’ implementation progress and to assess the impact of the CoE EaP Facility’s projects in the targeted areas.

The mission of the CoE EaP Facility Steering Committee is to assess and guide the CoE EaP Facility’s projects’ implementation, in order to: ensure that the deliverables meet the requirements which were set for the CoE EaP Facility, advise on decisions on the requirements for the CoE EaP Facility’s projects, assess the monitoring and audit results, and supervise a communication campaign following the visibility guidelines concerning, notably, acknowledgement of EU financing.

The CoE EaP Facility Steering Committee will be composed of: European Union representatives, CoE EaP Facility National Co-ordinators for each EaP country and the CoE MAE’s involved in the CoE EaP Facility’s projects.

Three CoE EaP Facility Steering Committee meetings will be organised during the implementation period, with the aim of evaluating the CoE EaP Facility’s projects’ implementation, assessing the results achieved, reviewing and adjusting (if necessary) the work log frame for the CoE EaP Facility’s projects’ implementation.

The last CoE EaP Facility Steering Committee Meeting for the implementation period 2011 – 2014, was held on 16 October 2013, in Brussels.
Agenda / List of participants

Presentations: Judiciary / Corruption / Cybercrime / Elections

In regard to the 2014 implementation period, the CoE EaP Facility held a Co-ordination Meeting with its National Co-ordinators, in Strasbourg on 3 March 2014. The purpose of this meeting was to provide updated information to the EaP partner countries on the implementation period March 2013 – March 2014 and the thematic projects’ forthcoming activities.

Agenda / List of Participants / Conclusions

Presentations: Transversal Components / Elections / Judiciary / Corruption / Cybercrime