Partnership for Good Governance
Working together to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law
In April 2014, the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) agreed in a Statement of Intent that targeted co-operation activities with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus - the EU Eastern Partnership countries - would be implemented under a ‘Programmatic Cooperation Framework’ (PCF) - renamed the 'Partnership for Good Governance' (PGG) in June 2017.
The PGG Phase I was signed in 2014 and had the implementation period 2015‑2018. The total budget was €36 million. The PGG was funded 85% by the European Union and 15% by the Council of Europe and was implemented by the Council of Europe.
Five priority areas (or themes) of co-operation were identified with the European Union for the PGG. Under these five themes there were 14 sub-themes which lead to 50 country-specific and regional actions.
The PGG Phase I activities provided extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of Eastern Partnership countries’ institutions to implement domestic reforms and to bring them closer to the Council of Europe standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The support was provided through a variety of activities: conferences, seminars, working groups, networking, analytical reports and training sessions led by Council of Europe staff and international experts.
The key national stakeholders involved were : parliaments, governmental bodies at all levels (ministries responsible for justice, finance, interior, health, education, labour and social protection, public administration), public institutions in the relevant areas such as anti-corruption and anti-money laundering, public prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, penitentiary administrations, central and local electoral commissions, ombudspersons, the judicial community, judicial self-governing bodies, legal professionals, the media, local and regional authorities, non-governmental organisations, academia as well as the general public. The national stakholders played a decisive role in the effective implementation of the PGG activities and contribute to sustain the co-operation results.
Protection and promotion of human rights
- Strengthening the implementation of European Human Rights standards at regional and national level
- Protecting national and ethnic minorities' rights
- Promoting equality and human dignity
- Promoting human rights education and democratic citizenship
- Strengthening the independence and efficiency of justice
- Strengthening constitutional justice
- Promoting penitentiary reforms (from a punitive to a rehabilitative approach)
Combating threats to the rule of law
- Fight against corruption and fostering good governance/fight against money-laundering
- Criminal justice action on cyber crime
Addressing challenges of the information society
- Improve freedom, independence, pluralism and diversity of media
- Information society and Internet governance
- Enhance the right to data protection
Promoting democratic governance
- Electoral assistance: reforming electoral legislation and practice
- Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance