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Rati Bregadze "Sectoral cooperation with Germany contributes to the convergence of Georgian legislation with European standards"

Within the framework of the Georgian-German legal forum, the Minister of Justice Rati bregadze met with the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angelika Schlunk.

Georgian-German legal forum is held for the first time. The basis of this format of legal cooperation between Georgia and Germany was laid last year during the meeting of Rati Bregadze with his German counterpart, Marko Bushman in Berlin.

During the meeting with Anzhelika Shlunk, Rati Bregadze emphasized the importance of deepening legal cooperation between the two countries in the process of bringing Georgian legislation closer to European standards.

The Minister noted that integration with the European Union is the main and irreversible priority of the Georgian government, especially after the European Union recognized Georgia's European perspective.

In a conversation with the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Minister of Justice noted that the agency was actively involved in the process of granting Georgia candidate status by the European Union and in fulfilling 12 priorities.

Within the framework of the cooperation program signed between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Germany last year in Berlin, in August of this year, Rati Bregadze will host Minister of Justice of North Westphalia of the German Federation, Benjamin Limbach and the German delegation. The topic of the meeting will be issues of cooperation between penitentiary and probation systems.

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Rati Bregadze and Maria Burich Discuss Issues of Deepening Cooperation Between the Ministry of Justice and the Council of Europe

Within the framework of the meeting between Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze and Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maria Burich, Georgia's progress in the areas of human rights protection and strengthening of the rule of law was noted, which is reflected in the conclusions and reports of the bodies of the Council of Europe.

The conversation touched upon the successful reforms carried out in the penitentiary system, as a result of which the practice of torture and inhuman treatment has been eliminated in prisons, which, until 2012, was repeatedly criticized by the Strasbourg Court and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) of the Council of Europe; Prisoners have the opportunity to get higher education and acquire professions; have complete medical services; participate in sports competitions; can use the services of the Public Service Hall in penitentiary institutions; Get employed and have their own income.

The legislative changes implemented in 2022 were positively evaluated, as a result of which the Georgian courts will proactively use the precedents of the ECHR, and thus the Georgian justice system will be even closer to the standards of human rights protection established by the European Court. In addition, attention was focused on the importance of enforcing the interstate disputes won by Georgia against Russia, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe promised full support to Georgia in this process.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe, Tamar Taliashvili also attended the meeting.

The Ministry of Justice will continue its close cooperation with European structures in the future in order to strengthen human rights and strengthen the rule of law.

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Deputy Minister of Justice and the Head of the Department of Enforcement of Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights Discuss the Results Achieved as a result of Successful Cooperation

The visit of the Department of Enforcement of Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights to Georgia started with a meeting at the Ministry of Justice. The purpose of the visit is to assess the progress achieved in the implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and to plan future measures in cooperation with the Georgian authorities.

The members of the delegation met with Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili and Head of the Department of State Representation in International Courts, Nino Nikolaishvili. Within the framework of the meeting, the positive results achieved in the implementation of the decisions of the European Court and the existing challenges were reviewed.

At the meeting, the legislative changes adopted within the framework of the 11th recommendation of the European Union were positively evaluated, as a result of which the Georgian courts will proactively use the precedents of the Strasbourg Court, and thus the Georgian justice system will be even closer to the standards of human rights protection established by the European Court. In addition, as a result of the legislative changes, all the decisions of the Strasbourg Court issued in relation to Georgia and significant precedent decisions issued in relation to other countries will be translated into Georgian by the Legislative Herald of Georgia, which will contribute to raising awareness among the public and in legal circles.

In terms of legislative changes, it was also positively noted that from 2022, the investigation of facts of violations of the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms established by the European Court or its Additional Protocol became subordinate to the Special Investigation Service.

As it was mentioned at the meeting, according to official statistics, the total number of cases against Georgia in the European Court has decreased dramatically. In particular, by 2011, the European Court of Human Rights had 3,045 cases filed against Georgia, and as of January 2023, only 147 complaints filed against Georgia are considered in the Strasbourg Court, which is a historical minimum for Georgia during its membership in the Council of Europe. During the meeting, special attention was paid to the issues of enforcement of decisions taken on interstate disputes between Russia and Georgia and their importance for the victims and the Georgian society.

Within the framework of the visit, meetings will be held with all relevant agencies involved in the process of enforcement of the decisions of the European Court, including the General Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Special Investigation Service, the Parliament of Georgia, the Supreme Court and the Higher School of Justice. The mentioned meetings will continue with the coordination and active involvement of the Ministry of Justice.

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Rati Bregadze: "Cyber Security Is an Integral Part of the Immunity of the Modern State"

Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili opened today the "Georgian Cyber Security Forum - 2023".

Since 2012, the Ministry of Justice has been one of the main regulatory and supervisory agencies in the field of cyber security in Georgia. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the safe delivery of government services and raising public awareness in the field of cyber security.

Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze delivered a speech at the cyber security forum.

"In the 21st century, in the technological era, the digitization of many areas has, on the one hand, greatly simplified life, and on the other hand, it has also given rise to many challenges. A few years ago, it may have been considered a sci-fi fiction that public administration would be completely digital, but today it is already a reality. In the field of justice, administrative acts, laws, court decisions will be advanced to a significant extent through artificial intelligence. Therefore, the more the digital sphere grows, the more threats there will be in the future. Therefore, cyber security will be given even more special importance in the future. Cyber security is an integral part of the immunity of the modern state, and taking care of it is one of the main challenges that any modern state can face.

In addition to local security, security also has an international dimension, and that is why close cooperation with our international partners is one of the main priorities for international security. I am pleased to represent the Ministry of Justice at this forum, where the Digital Governance Agency plays one of the most important roles in the country, even in ensuring the digital security of the private sector. All this requires a broad forum, cooperation both at the inter-departmental and international level, and therefore we thank the Prime Minister, who chairs this forum, as well as Minister of Internal Affairs, Vakhtang Gomelauri, and all the members of the National Security Council, on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, for organizing this forum; as well as for each step taken to ensure the security of the state. We declare our full readiness to cooperate with all agencies to the best of our ability," said Rati Bregadze.

Representatives of Georgian public agencies involved in ensuring cyber security, foreign experts from partner countries and representatives of diplomatic missions also participate in the event.

The Deputy Minister of Justice discussed the results achieved as a result of successful cooperation with the Head of the Department of Enforcement of Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.