Minister of Justice of Georgia Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with His Austrian Counterpart
This document ensures the strengthening of mutual cooperation between Georgia and Austria in the field of justice, rule of law and protection of human rights.
The deepening of partnership relations between the two countries includes the sharing of experience in the areas of mobile and electronic state services, rehabilitation and re-socialization of convicts, management of sports, educational and employment programs in the penitentiary institutions.
The memorandum also envisions cooperation in the field of convergence with EU legislation, mutual legal assistance in civil, commercial and criminal cases.
Before signing the memorandum, Rati Bregadze spoke with his Austrian colleague, Alma Zadich about organization of the Georgian-Austrian legal forum, which will be hosted alternately by Georgia and Austria every year. The conversation touched on the encouragement of student exchange programs, which in the future will contribute to the law-making process based on evidence and research-analysis.
Rati Bregadze informed his Austrian counterpart about the priorities of the Ministry, which are reflected in the 10-year development strategy of the agency. The deepening of cooperation in the direction of convergence with the European Union legislation, effective law-making process, strengthening of international relations is gaining even more importance on the path of Georgia's European integration.
During the meeting with his Austrian colleague, Rati Bregedze noted that a special electronic program will be launched in the near future, which will ensure a quick and high-quality implementation of the process of harmonization with the European Union legislation.
Another area of strengthening partnership relations will be bilateral legal relations.
The meeting was attended by members of the delegation of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Ambassador of Georgia to Austria.
U.S.-Georgia Joint Statement on Extradition Treaty Negotiations
Georgia and the United States are further enhancing their law enforcement and judicial cooperation by negotiating a bilateral extradition treaty between the two countries. From January 31 through [February 2], 2023, negotiations between the United States, represented by the Department of State and the Department of Justice, and Georgia, represented by the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecution Service of Georgia, took place in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Georgia and the United States have enjoyed a rich history of law enforcement and judicial cooperation spanning 30 years, including collaborating on large scale transnational fraud, organized crime, money laundering, human trafficking, and other serious offenses. Through many years of law enforcement cooperation, the two countries have built a strong partnership and trust, and this is the next step in building that relationship.
Once finalized and ratified, this bilateral treaty will benefit both countries by facilitating bringing criminals to justice more effectively and efficiently.
Ministry of Justice Will Share Germany's Best Practices in Notary Activities
Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze held a meeting today with Head of the Chamber of Notaries of the Federal Republic of Germany, Richard Bock.
Rati Bregadze and Richard Bock talked about the measures to be implemented in the direction of the development of notary law, within the framework of which joint educational events and trainings of Georgian-German notaries will be planned.
At the meeting, the Minister of Justice noted that the Chamber of Notaries of Georgia is a member of the International Union of Notaries and constantly takes care of its development. The agency responds to modern challenges and requirements, the result of which is the electronic registry of notarial acts operating in Georgia. Citizens receive remote services through electronic communication, and these methods are improving in the wake of the development of modern technological capabilities.
According to the Minister, the Ministry of Justice works intensively for the development of the capabilities of the Chamber of Notaries and the notaries themselves. One of the priority directions is the introduction of modern technologies in order to further simplify the process of notaries' activities and to raise the level of their service provision. In this regard, the issue of improving online and remote performance of notarial actions is particularly relevant.
While talking to Richard Bock, Rati Bregadze was interested in the issue of digitalization and preparation of electronic legal transactions.
At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Justice told the Head of the Chamber of Notaries of the Federal Republic of Germany that he plans to share the best practices of German notaries and legal specialists in this matter.