Tbilisi: As the visa-free travel between Georgia and EU has completed six years, the Ministry of Justice recounts the special contributions made to the operation and maintenance of the visa-free travel regime for Georgian citizens to EU countries.
SSP “Agency for State Services Development” in cooperation with the EU made an important contribution to the successful implementation of two of the four blocks of the action plan – document security and migration management:
Significant reforms have been carried out to increase the safety and credibility of the process of registration of civil documents and issuing of identity documents, which the EU emphasized.
1: A unified migration management system has been developed and the issues related to migration have been newly regulated; Under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, important legal and institutional reforms were carried out under Block 3 of the Visa Regime Liberalization Action Plan with the EU – Public Order and Security – in order to fulfill the envisaged obligations;
2: Under the leadership of the Minister of Justice, the Inter-departmental Council for Anti-Trafficking has been administered.
3: The Measures for traffic crime have been strengthened. For the first time at the legislative level, the notice of homeless children was regulated, which made it possible for them to arrange their identification documents for free and enroll them in different state services;
4: The Cooperation at national and international level between state agencies, local NGOs and international organizations has been deepened as well as the Victim protection services have been expanded and strengthened.
5: Standards and reforms carried out by Georgia in combating trafficking are internationally recognized by the US State Department, the Council of Europe, ETO and other international actors.
6: Under the leadership of the Inter-Agency Council for the Fight against Drug Addiction, led by the Minister of Justice.
7: Liberal, balanced, human rights-oriented and evidence-based four-party drug policy has been established and strengthened in the country;
8: For the first time in the country, the National Center for Drug Monitoring was established and started conducting thematic studies of the European standard;
9:The bilateral cooperation with the European Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction Monitoring (EMCDDA) and other thematic agencies has been deepened.
10: A cooperation agreement was signed between Georgia and the EU Legal Cooperation Agency (EUROJUST), which further strengthened Georgia’s sectoral cooperation with the EU and its bodies in the field of criminal law in the field of international cooperation, and included the Georgian justice system in the European justice system;
11: Under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, significant reforms were carried out in Block 4 of the visa liberalization Action Plan with the EU – Foreign Relations and Human Rights – to fulfill the envisaged obligations:
12: In 2014, the Georgian law on the elimination of all forms of discrimination was adopted, which brought it to a new stage of protecting state equality;
13: Georgia has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Detention of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), which has strengthened state measures for the protection of women from violence both within and outside the family.