Minister of Justice and Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Discuss the Prospects of Mutual Cooperation Between the Two Countries
Rati Bregadze held a meeting today with Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Georgia, Maaike van Koldam. The parties talked about ways of developing cooperation between the two countries.
The Minister of Justice emphasized the importance of sectoral cooperation with the Netherlands in the process of Georgia's European integration.
The meeting between Rati Bregadze and Maaike van Koldam was held at the Ministry of Justice.
A Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Council Held in the Ministry of Justice
A session of the scientific-advisory council was held today in the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, where the draft of the new Penal Code and the amendments to the accompanying laws were discussed. The session was chaired by Deputy Minister of Justice, Tornike Cheishvili.
The meeting participants analyzed in detail the opinions and recommendations of the members of the Council regarding the prepared draft laws. In addition, the representatives of the Ministry of Justice provided the members of the Council with information about the initiation of the package of amendments and the terms for further discussions.
The members of the Scientific-advisory Council of the Justice Ministry are law school professors of higher educational institutions and prominent experts in various fields of law.
One of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia is to conduct law-making activities based on science and in-depth analytics.
During the visit to Luxembourg, Rati Bregadze and the State Secretary of Portugal Discuss Prospects of Deepening Mutual Cooperation
Rati Bregadze held a meeting today with Secretary of State for Digitalization and Administrative Modernization of Portugal, Mario Campolargo.
The issue of digitalization of state services was discussed at the meeting. Rati Bregadze noted that modernizing the delivery of state services and the justice system through modern technologies and innovations is one of the priorities of Georgia; Sectoral cooperation and experience sharing with partner countries will contribute to the development of e-government in both countries.
The Minister also spoke about the launch of the mobile application JustApp, through which all state services will be available online. At the meeting, the parties also discussed the signing of a mutual cooperation document.
Rati Bregadze thanked the Portuguese side for their steadfast support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Minister expressed hope that Georgia will have the political support of Portugal at all stages of joining the European Union.
The meeting was held within the framework of the current global forum in Luxembourg. Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.
Minister of Justice of Georgia and the State Secretary of Norway Discuss Areas of Sectoral Cooperation
The Minister of Justice of Georgia spoke today to the State Secretary of Digitalisation and Electronic Communications of Norway about the implemented and planned reforms in the field of digital governance in Georgia. According to Rati Bregadze, the strategic goal of the Ministry of Justice is to provide accessible and safe services both in large cities and in villages and towns. For this purpose, the public service halls are successfully functioning in the country, and for the population living far from the district centers, the innovative project - the Mobile Public Service Hall provides services.
Rati Bregadze emphasized that care for service improvement continues even today. Work on another innovative project will be completed soon. JUSTapp is a mobile application that will allow Georgian citizens to receive the services of the Public Service Hall online without leaving home.
The Minister of Justice of Georgia and the State Secretary of Digitalisation and Electronic Communications of Norway agreed on cooperation in the direction of digital governance. In order to deepen mutual cooperation, Rati Bregadze proposed to the State Secretary of Norway to sign a memorandum between the two agencies.
Rati Bregadze met Gunn Karin Gjul within the framework of the current global forum in Luxembourg. Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.
Minister of Justice of Georgia Meets European Colleagues within the Framework of the Luxembourg Global Forum
Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze is participating in the ongoing global forum in Luxembourg. The forum is organized by the joint initiative of the OECD and the Government of Luxembourg and is dedicated to the discussion of such topics as: the modern geopolitical environment, the importance of strengthening democracy and citizens' trust in state institutions, climate change, the global crisis due to Covid-19, digital transformation and citizens' social and economic rights.
Within the framework of the visit, the Minister of Justice met with the Minister of Digitization of the Netherlands. Rati Bregadze, speaking with Alexandra Van Huffelen, noted that the development of public services and strengthening of digital governance is a priority of the Georgian government. The Minister of Justice expressed his readiness, on the one hand, to share the successful Georgian model with his partners, and on the other hand, to introduce the best European practices in Georgia.
Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili also attended the meeting.
Before the end of the global forum, Rati Bregadze will hold meetings with other colleagues on issues of digitization of state services.
Ministry of Justice and the Georgian Business Association Hold a Meeting to Discuss the New law On Entrepreneurs
Practical aspects of the new law on Entrepreneurs and the obligation to re-register enterprises within 2 years according to this law - were the issues of discussion by the Ministry of Justice and the Georgian Business Association.
The meeting was attended by First Deputy Minister of Justice, Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Chair of the National Public Registry Agency, David Devidze, who together with the entrepreneurs discussed in detail the news related to the registration in the National Public Registry Agency based on the new law on Entrepreneurs and other business-related issues under the competence of the Ministry of Justice.
The new law on Entrepreneurs reflects EU directives and many issues are regulated in a new way. In the direction of registration of entrepreneurial issues in the public registry, a uniform practice adapted to these new norms is being formed. The state is doing everything to support business in the proper implementation of the norms of the new law.
The National Public Registry Agency of the Ministry of Justice has introduced new legally defined services for business entities; Standard charters of business societies have been developed and approved, which are available to interested parties and simplify the registration process; A unified electronic portal has been created, where decisions on registration and registration documents are published,” - said Tamar Tkeshelashvili.
Together with the Chair of the Public Registry, she also spoke about the necessity of re-registration of enterprises within 2 years.
"We introduced statistics to entrepreneurs and asked them to be more active in order to carry out re-registration on time. The National Public Registry Agency of the Ministry of Justice, on the other hand, has full readiness both in terms of software and human resources, to fulfill the obligation imposed on it by law and to support businesses in the implementation of registration actions", added the First Deputy Minister.
At the end of the meeting, it was noted that the Ministry of Justice is also ready, within the scope of its competence, to communicate in the future with business representatives in the direction of registration on matters important to them.
Justice Ministry Holds First National Simulation Training on Trafficking in Human Beings
The closing event of the first national simulation training on trafficking in human beings was held today.
The training entitled - Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings: Sustainability of Inter-agency Cooperation through Implementation of National Simulation Training - is conducted in Georgia under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, with the financial support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia. The national simulation training was aimed at increasing the practical skills of about 40 investigators, prosecutors, labor inspectors, psychologists, social workers and staff dealing with victims working on the crime of trafficking through inter-agency cooperation and a victim-oriented approach, which in turn will contribute to the timely detection of crimes, the punishment of criminals and effective integration of victims into society.
Georgia is one of the first states where simulation training was held at the national level. This indicates the fight against this crime as one of the priority directions of the Georgian government.
It should be noted that Georgia occupies one of the leading positions in the world in the fight against trafficking in human beings. This is evidenced by the latest 2022 report of the US State Department, according to which Georgia, along with a number of European countries, maintains its place at the highest level of assessment, in the so-called the first tier. It should also be emphasized that, like the previous years, only Georgia among the states of the Eastern Partnership remained on the highest level of the rating scale.
The national simulation training was carried out within the framework of the Interagency Coordination Council for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings in close cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia, the Investigative Service of the Ministry of Finance, the Labor Inspection Service, the State Agency for Care and Assistance of Victims of Trafficking and non-governmental organizations in Georgia.
The national simulation training started on November 7 and ended today.
Minister of Justice Discusses Prospects of Implementing Joint Projects with the Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna
During the meeting with Dean of the University of Vienna, Brigitta Zöchling-Jud, the Minister of Justice talked about future joint programs and research projects with the University of Vienna. Future cooperation between the Training Center of Justice and the University of Vienna will create a good opportunity for joint projects. In addition, employees of the Ministry of Justice will participate in the programs of the University of Vienna.
Rati Bregadze, speaking with Professor Brigitta Zöchling-Jud, noted that it is very interesting for the Georgian side to share the experience of the academic circle of the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. In his conversation with the Dean, the Minister noted that the memorandum signed between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Austria covers many areas of cooperation.
At the meeting, they also talked about the legal magazine Iustitia founded in 2021 by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. Rati Bregadze also provided detailed information to Dr. Brigitta Zöchling-Jud about the scientific council at the Ministry of Justice, which was established on August 1, 2022 and was staffed by prominent experts in various fields of law.
The parties expressed hope for close, bilateral cooperation and implementation of joint projects with academic circles.
Georgia Is Getting Acquainted with the Experience of Training Modules of the Austrian Penitentiary System
Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze met today with Head of the Training Department of the Austrian Penitentiary Service, Oberst Martin Hoffmann, within the framework of his official visit to Austria. At the meeting, the Minister noted that providing a strong, safe and human rights-based environment is a priority for the agency. According to him, within the framework of the reform of the penitentiary and probation systems, corrections are made considering the best international practice. In this regard, the sharing of European experience is of particular importance.
Rati Bregadze also discussed training modules with Oberst Martin Hoffman. The Minister of Justice expressed interest in the Austrian experience of educational trainings in the direction of training of social workers, psychologists, and medical personnel. The Minister of Justice stated at the meeting that the agency invests significant resources in improving the professional skills of its employees, which are being implemented with the Training Center of Justice.
At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Justice expressed his hope that cooperation between Georgia and Austria will become even more intensive, which acquires special importance in the light of the country's European aspirations and perspective.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Ministers of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili and Tornike Cheishvili, Head of the Special Penitentiary Service, Nika Tshvarashvili and Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Austria, Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.