Policy Paper “Small steps towards big goals

June 2019
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Policy Paper “Small steps towards big goals: Georgia’s anti-corruption policy in the context of EU Association Process” was published by the Transparency International Georgia on 11 June 2019. Paper examines the situation in the context of the commitments Georgia has made under the EU Association Agreement and Association Agenda. According to the document, Georgia has attained positive results for maintaining previous achievements for eradicating petty corruption. However, Georgia’s progress in tackling high-level corruption remains weak. To overcome systemic problem the Policy paper recommends to Georgian authorities to establish an independent anti-corruption agency and to ensure its protection from partisan influence, on the one hand, while also promoting, in the long run, the establishment of a more pluralistic political system. Replacing the mixed electoral system with a fully proportional one would be the first important step forward.


The Government of Georgia has adopted its foreign policy strategy for 2019-2022

March 2019
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The Government of Georgia has adopted its foreign policy strategy for 2019-2022, which covers a wide range of issues that the country aims to address in the next four years. Strategy represents a qualitatively new and highly legitimate national document as it has been prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in close consultation with Georgian diplomatic missions abroad, government structures and representatives of Parliament and civil society.


Georgia in U.S. Narcotics Control Strategy Report

March 2019
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Georgia in U.S. Narcotics Control Strategy Report. The U.S. State Department’s 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report says that bulk cash smuggling and money laundering are highly likely in Georgia. The document covers the developments of 2018 and provides an overview of drug control and anti-money laundering efforts undertaken by several dozen countries across the world, including Georgia.


Georgia and Eurojust sign cooperation agreement in criminal matters

March 2019
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Georgia and Eurojust sign cooperation agreement in criminal matters. The document provides for quick and efficient exchange of information and evidence between Georgia, EU Member States, and third States that have also concluded a cooperation agreement with Eurojust.


Global finance: Georgia ranks 49th among world’s safest countries

January 2019
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Global finance: Georgia ranks 49th among world’s safest countries. In the newest safety ranking of Global Finance magazine, Georgia takes 49th place among 128 countries with a safety index score of 9.68, making Georgia the safest country in the region. In 2017, Georgia ranked 57th, scoring 14.41 among 131 countries.


EU report: Georgia making clear progress on its reform agenda

January 2019
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EU report: Georgia making clear progress on its reform agenda. On 31 January 2019, the EU released the 3rd Association Implementation Report on Georgia. This report sets out the state-of-play of Georgia's implementation of its commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement over the past year, ahead of the EU-Georgia Association Council, to be held in Brussels on 5 March 2019. The report highlights that continued legislative reform and the steady implementation of rules and standards in line with the Association Agreement are crucial to allow Georgian citizens to fully reap the benefits of this close relationship between the EU and Georgia.


Georgia’s score in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has slightly improved

January 2019
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Georgia’s score in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has slightly improved. In the 2018 CPI, released by the anti-corruption watchdog on 29 January, Georgia is ranked 41st among 180 countries with a score of 58 (on a scale where 0 is the worst and 100 is the best result), the highest figure in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.


The Government of Georgia has approved National Strategy of Georgia on Fight against Terrorism

January 2019
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The Government of Georgia has approved National Strategy of Georgia on Fight against Terrorism. The document has been prepared by the Permanent Interagency Commission established under the Government Decree. It sets forth the threats and challenges in terms of terrorism and extremism facing the country, as well as the unified vision, purposes, and objectives of the Government that are intended to tackle them. For the purposes of the three-year strategy, its relevant Action Plan has been elaborated as well. The Strategy pays particular attention to the collection and analysis of terrorism, extremism and radicalization-related information by state authorities within their competence.


New Constitution of Georgia enters into force

December 2018
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New Constitution of Georgia enters into force. President Salome Zurabishvili’s inauguration on December 16 marked the entry into force of the new constitution, which completes the country’s evolution from a semi-presidential republic to a parliamentary system of governance.


Venice Commission releases recommendations for Georgian justice reforms

December 2018
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Venice Commission releases recommendations for Georgian justice reforms. The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe has praised Georgian efforts to carry out systemic reforms in the justice field and provided its recommendations regarding the draft laws about the Prosecutor’s Office and the High Council of Justice, independent bodies responsible for the selection and dismissal of chief prosecutors and an unbiased judiciary in the country.