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Eastern Partnership - Council of Europe Facility
Project on Good Governance and Fight against Corruption

 

 


The Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched by the EU at a Summit meeting with the Eastern partners on 7 May 2009 in Prague. It sets out an ambitious path for deeper relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, through a bilateral and a multilateral dimension. The EaP is based on mutual commitments to the rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights, and respect for the rights of minorities, the principles of market economy and sustainable development. The level of ambition of the EU's relationship with the Eastern partners will take into account the extent to which these values are reflected in national practices and policy implementation.
In its second meeting, the Eastern Partnership Platform 1 adopted its Work Programme for 2009-2011, which mainly focuses cooperation on the following areas: Democratic Governance; Improved Functioning of the Judiciary; Public Administration; Fight against Corruption; Flagship Initiative on Integrated Border Management; Flagship Initiative on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disasters.
The Corruption component within the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Platform 1, as a major component stems from the realisation that there is a need to further enhance co-operation with Eastern partner countries that face similar challenges in complying with commitments originating from the Council of Europe’s membership and its standard-setting instruments. In view of this, in 2010 a series of “Bridge Activities” took place as a first step in contributing to look at the progress made so far of the reform processes in the six partner countries through a multilateral approach, and to facilitate the processes of the EaP’ Panel on Corruption as processes of bringing partner countries closer to the European standards. On 1 March 2011, following the "Bridge Activities" the EaP/CoE Facility was launched in order to enhance good governance and strengthen the capacities of the public administration and criminal justice sector in order to effectively prevent and fight corruption in line with the Council of Europe Conventions and other international treaties.


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Activities in the past:

Training (2.2 and 2.3):“Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences”
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 15-16 September and
Tbilisi, Georgia, 17-18 September 2014)

The training entitled “Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences” took place in Baku, on 15-16 September 2014, and in Tbilisi, on 17-18 September 2014. The participants appreciated the interactive approach with exercises based on real life cases, which allowed them to better understand certain aspect of liability of legal persons and deepen their knowledge in the field in question. The feedback received from participants revealed that the topic of the training was very relevant because of the newly introduced concept of liability in both countries. Participants expressed the wish for further trainings on the same topic with even more exercises to come. The international and European experience, expertise and practice were of a particular interest for them. Training materials and training method used by the trainers was rated as modern, user-friendly, and easy to understand. In addition to the training materials being available in English and Russian, participants suggested translation into their mother languages.

Photo Gallery

Baku training:
Agenda  English / Russian
List of Participants 
Presentation of Dr Tilman Hoppe and Dr Thomas Melzer

Tbilisi training:
Agenda English / Georgian
List of Participants English / Georgian



Country specialised training (2.1) “detecting patterns of irregular political party and electoral campaign financing”
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 12-13 June 2014)

On 12-13 June 2014, the Project organised a two-day interactive Training on “Political party and electoral campaign financing” in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. It focused on strengthening capacities of oversight and auditing of political party and electoral campaign financing. Participants came from relevant state bodies and from civil society organisations. The training  looked at red flags, patterns of illegal cash-flow to and from political parties and campaigns, and at possible leads to uncover the illicit financing from the perspective of a financial analyst or investigator. It was a combination of classroom discussions and group work on practical exercises (including a simulated investigation). The Project uses a comprehensive training manual in English and Russian which was piloted during a regional training in 2013.

Agenda English / Russian
List of participants


Regional workshop (1): Reviewing and sharing of good practices on processing and verifying assets declarations (Istanbul, Turkey, 28-29 May 2014)

The regional workshop entitled “Reviewing and sharing of good practices on processing and verifying assets declarations” brought together 25 professionals and civil society representatives from 6 partner countries of the EaP region to introduce different methods on how to analyse declarations financially and on how to detect hidden income and expenditures. The workshop was a combination of theory and practice which allowed participants to engage in a complex interactive investigative exercise and different tests on their knowledge in verification of asset declarations. The feedback received from participants was positive. They underlined the usefulness of such interactive, hands-on trainings and stressed the need for the organisation of similar activities not only at regional but also at country level.

Agenda English / Russian
List of participants


Pilot Activities in Georgia (3.1): Roundtable and assessment of the Draft AC Action Plan
(Tbilisi, Georgia on 2 May 2014)

Georgia is in the process of drafting a new Anti-Corruption Strategy/Action Plan for the years 2014 onwards. In order to support this process, the Project organised a public roundtable in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia on 2 May 2014 in Tbilisi. Its aim was to discuss the self-Assessment Report on the implementation of the current Anti-Corruption Action Plan as well as to review the Draft Strategy and Action Plan for 2014 -2016.
The roundtable also focused on the development of the indicators of the Anti-Corruption Action Plan to insure its effective implementation. To this end, the Project provided recommendations on how indicators could measure success of actions quantitatively and qualitatively; the Project also pointed to the limits of indicators and to the need of avoiding indicators becoming a non-pragmatic and bureaucratic overhead. About 40 representatives of relevant governmental agencies, members of the Anti-Corruption Working group responsible for the preparation of the draft document, and representatives from civil sector and international organisations discussed the draft Strategy/Action Plan and contributed to the event.

Agenda
AC Action Plan - Strategic Priorities 2014-2016


Regional Activity (2.2): Conference on “Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies”
(Minsk, Belarus,  27 November 2013)

The Project interviewed relevant stakeholders of the six EaP-countries in Belarus, Georgia and Republic of Moldova in the period of April-July in 2012 and 2013. The information collected through these country visits were aggregated and fed into a draft regional typology study. The representatives of the six beneficiary FIUs came together to review and adopt the draft study at the 2nd regional workshop on 19 September 2013 in Strasbourg. The final Regional Typology Study and issues related to its findings were presented to a wider public at a Regional Conference which took place in Minsk on 27 November 2013.

Agenda Russian / English
Presentation of Mr Cedric Woodhall, CoE expert
Presentation of Ms Lisa Florkowski, CoE expert


Pilot Activity (3.4): Expertise on the Georgian draft law on the protection of whistleblowers
(Tbilisi, Georgia, October 2013)

Following recommendations by GRECO and with regard to the European Commission’s “Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation with Georgia” of February 2013, Georgia introduced amendments into the Law on Public Service and into the Law on Conflicts of Interest for further regulating protection of whistleblowers in 2009. The project prepared an expertise on legislative amendments to improve the protection of whistleblowers in line with European standards.


Training (3.3) for Civil Servants on Basic Anti-Corruption
Concepts
(Minsk, Belarus 30 September – 3 October 2013)

Following the recent risks assessment mission to the Republic of Belarus on ethics in public service and its findings, the project orgainised training for civil servants on basic anti-corruption concepts including ethics. The 4-day event brought together 40 participants. The 4-day training consisted of presentations, classroom discussions and practical exercises focusing on the analysis, prevention, and criminalization of different forms of corruption. The activity was organized in cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office on Belarus, the main implementing partner of the project, and assistance was provided by the CoE Info Point in Minsk.

Presentation of Dr Aive Pevkur
Presentations of Tilman Hoppe:
  "Liability of Legal Persons"  - Russian and English
  "Risk assessment"  - Russian and English
  "International Standards"  - Russian 
  "Success stories of fighting corruption" - Russian
Presentation of Tilman Hoppe and Dr Aive Pevkur
  "Basic Anti-corruption concepts" - Russian and English
Agenda Russian / English


Risk Assessment (1.4): Prosecution Service of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia 23-26 September 2013)

This activity was part of the regional activity on risk assessment through which underlying causes of corruption were identified in a particular sector of the each Eastern Partnership country. Two experts  conducted an in-country mission to Georgia to gather information through interviews with about 17 different stakeholders from the General Prosecutor’s Office, other state bodies, and civil society. The assessment  was focused in particular on the legal framework and actual exercise of discretion in the prosecution services. As a result of this exercise, an assessment report will be prepared containing an analysis of the system and recommendations for its further improvement.


Regional workshop (2.1): Laundering the proceeds of
corruption in transition economies
(Strasbourg, France 19 September 2013)

On 19 September 2013, the 2nd regional workshop entitled “Analysis and Typologies of laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies” took place in Strasbourg. Representatives of FIUs of EaP countries came together to discuss and adopt the draft study, which will be presented to the wider public at the Regional Conference in Minsk, Belarus on 21-22 November 2013. Workshop participants discussed the draft document and several additions were made to the draft text. All the participants mentioned the significance of such study, which allows not only identifying typical patterns of laundering proceeds of corruption but also sharing experience on how to deal with specific cases which are not common in the region.

List of participants


Risk Assessment (1.4): Ethics in Public Service
(Minsk, Belarus 10 -12 September 2013)

During a country visit for the risk assessment on Ethics in Public Service, from 10 to 12 September 2013, the Project team held meetings with different stakeholders. The aim of this regional activity is to analyse causes and risks of corruption, and identify weaknesses in countermeasures and need for action in integrity systems of the Eastern Partnership countries, by addressing a specific sector in each country. For Belarus, “Ethics in public service” has been chosen as a topic by the General Prosecutor’s Office. The report which will be prepared following the country mission will address risks of ethical violations in civil service and to contribute to trainings on anti-corruption concepts and ethics for civil servants conducted on 30 September – 3 October 2013 in Minsk in the framework of the Project. The report will focus on patterns of ethical conduct, possible explanations, and recommendations for action.


Regional activity (2.1): Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies – country visit Belarus
(Minsk, Belarus, 22 July 2013)

On 22 July 2013, the Project held a meeting with representatives of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the State Financial Monitoring Service, the Investigation Committee, the Committee for State Security, the National Bank, and the Ministry of Interior in the framework of the Regional activity (2.1) “Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies” aimed at researching and identifying typical patterns of laundering the proceeds of corruption in the Eastern Partnership region and preparing a regional typology study on this subject. The purpose of the country visit was to discuss and get more detailed information on cases, trends and techniques of laundering corruption proceeds in Belarus. The results of the meetings and provided information (on anonymous basis) will be incorporated in the regional typology study to be finalised and presented to a wider public at the Regional Conference (Activity 2.2).


Regional Training (2.4): “Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences”
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 2-3 July 2013)

On 2-3 July 2013, the Project organised a Regional Training “Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences” at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in Kyiv. The aim of this interactive training was to enhance the understanding of the concepts and of real life cases of liability of legal persons for corruption offences. It brought together investigators and prosecutors dealing with such cases, as well as law drafters and policymakers of the six Eastern Partnership countries. It was a combination of presentations, classroom discussions and group work on practical exercises. The Project will finalise a comprehensive Training Manual (including practical cases) that was piloted during the training to allow the participants to reinforce their newly acquired skills and to support further vocational trainings in their respective countries. The Manual will be available in English and Russian.

Agenda Russian / English
Presentation of Azerbaijan
Presentation of Mr Tilman Hoppe
Pictures (link to the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice)
Photo Gallery


January - June 2013
January - December 2012
Mai - December 2011

PROJECT DOCUMENTATION & DELIVERIES

EaP/CoE Facility (DoA)
Anti-corruption@EaP (DoA)
Project Summary
Presentation of project
Inception report
Progress report
Workplan 2013 / 2014
Indicative Calendar of
   Activities:
   2013
   2014 (version March 2014)
   2014 (version Sept. 2014)
Chronological Calendar of
  Activities:
   2014 (version March 2014)
   2014 (version (Sept. 2014)
Overview of Activities
Technical Papers

REPORT / REFERENCES

EaP Bridge Activities Report
  English / Russian

PUBLICATION

Handbook on Designing and
Implementing AC Policies
  English / Russian

MAIN ACTIVITIES

March - June 2013
2012
2011

PHOTO GALLERY

2014
2013
2012
2011

 
CONTACTS

EaP/CoE Facility' National
  Coordinators

Anti-corruption@EaP-Project
  Team