Council of Europe/European Union
Partnership for Good Governance
The European Union and the Council of Europe are working together to promote the common values of rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and pluralist democracy across Europe and its neighbourhood.
In 2014, they launched a common initiative: the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) programme to provide tailored made support to Eastern Partnership countries to bring national legislation and practice closer to European standards in the field of human rights, rule of law and democracy.
The programme has two successive phases: PGG I (2015-2018) and PGG II (2019-2021). Since 2017, PGG has mainly focused on providing legal expertise and technical assistance in the field of judiciary and fight against corruption to help Eastern Partnership countries effectively implement domestic reforms and to bring them closer to Council of Europe standards in these areas.
Progress has been made under PGG I towards establishing independent anti-corruption bodies and moving judicial reforms forward. The work continues under PGG II with a focus on sustaining the results achieved so far and providing more efficient and high-quality services to citizens.
This is done through a variety of activities: legislative review, conferences, seminars, working groups, networking, and training sessions led by Council of Europe staff and international experts.
Through implementing key judicial reforms and fighting against corruption, Eastern Partnership countries will increase their citizens’ trust in the state, enhance long term stability in the region and create an investment-safe climate.
PGG I BILATERAL PROJECTS
PGG I REGIONAL PROJECTS
- Civil participation in decision making in the region
- Support the full execution of the European Court of Human Rights judgments and build the capacity of EaP national parliaments towards greater conformity of national legislation with the European Social Charter
- Regional dialogue on judicial reform in the EaP
- Strengthening constitutional justice
- Promoting human rights education and democratic citizenship
- Promoting penitentiary reforms (from a punitive to a rehabilitative approach)
- Criminal justice responses to drug dependent prisoners
- Cybercrime in EAP III: public/private co-operation
- Strengthening capacity to prevent corruption in parliament
- Awareness raising on the role of national parliaments in matters related to public broadcasting, access to public media and safety of journalists
- Reforming electoral legislation and practice, and developing regional co-operation in electoral matters
- Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance