Since Georgia’s accession to the Council of Europe, its main objective of co-operation activities has been to support the country in honouring its statutory obligations and specific commitments as a Council of Europe member state, in order to improve democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the country. The Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2013-2015 was adopted by the Committee of Ministers in October 2013 following consultations between the Georgian authorities and the Council of Europe.
Status of co-operation
The Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2016-2019 was adopted by the Committee of Ministers in March 2016 and launched by the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Tbilisi on 9 May 2016. The Action Plan has been prepared in close consultation with the Georgian authorities and takes into account the priorities for reforms in the country. It reflects the most recent findings of the Council of Europe’s monitoring bodies, resolutions and recommendations in respect of Georgia.
The basis of the Action Plan is the principle of shared responsibility of the Council of Europe and the 47 member states to improve implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. Overall, this four-year Action Plan will build on the achievements of the previous one. It will strengthen democratic security in Georgia by developing and effectively implementing policies and legislation in a number of areas where the Council of Europe provides added value:
- protection and promotion of human rights and dignity;
- ensuring social rights;
- prevention of discrimination on any grounds;
- ensuring an efficient and independent judiciary;
- strengthening democratic governance at both national and local levels;
- ensuring a democratic election process during parliamentary (2016), presidential (2017) and local (2018) elections;
- fostering dialogue between non-state actors, civil society and professionals in the areas affected by the conflict.
The Council of Europe will also support implementation of the 2014-2020 National Human Rights Strategy.
With a total budget of €25 million, the Action Plan is implemented by the Council of Europe’s Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, the Directorate General of Democracy and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe. The Council of Europe Office in Georgia co-ordinates the implementation of over 20 projects, including joint projects with the European Union.