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 to contribute to the achievement of the EU 2020 deliverables.
The PGG II also contributes to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably to the goal 5 – achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, to the goal 10 – reducing inequality within and among countries, and to the goal 16 – promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
The programme has two successive phases: PGG I (2015-2018) and PGG II (2019-2021). Since 2017, the 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 in line with the Council of Europe standards in these areas.
The programme also focuses on combating discrimination and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups as cross-cutting issues.
Through implementing key judicial reforms and fighting against corruption, combating discrimination and promoting gender equality, the Eastern Partnership countries will increase their citizens’ trust in the state, enhance long term stability in the region and create an investment-safe climate. The progress in the implementation of key reforms in the Eastern Partnership region has been made notably thanks to the PGG targeted support and the assistance based on cross-sectoral co-operation, including a combination of legal expertise, capacity-building, awareness-raising, peer-to-peer and legislative reviews, conferences and seminars, networking and training.
Progress has already been made under the PGG I towards establishing independent anti-corruption bodies and moving judicial reforms forward. The work continues under the PGG II with a focus on sustaining the results achieved so far and providing more efficient and high-quality services to citizens.