Croatia: Support to the prison system of the Republic of Croatia (CRO PRISYS)

Twinning project to support the Croatian prison system: Dr. Peter Best, Project Leader; Katharina Tegeder, IRZ; Siegfried Löprick, long-term advisor (from left to right)
Twinning project to support the Croatian prison system: Dr. Peter Best, Project Leader; Katharina Tegeder, IRZ; Siegfried Löprick, long-term advisor (from left to right)

EU Twinning

Project leader: Dr. Peter Best 
Junior project leader: Francesca Melis Pont 
RTA: Siegfried Löprick 
Responsible at the IRZ: Johannes Schlicht, Christian Schuster

This project was conducted with the Spanish partner institution FIIAPP (International and Ibero-American Foundation of Administration and Public Policies) and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia. It commenced on 9 March 2016 and ended on 8 June 2017. The targeted goals were achieved in this period. The overarching goal of the project was to support the Croatian penitentiary system by increasing the qualification of the staff and improving management within the system. Furthermore, the implementation was to be supported of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Croatian prison system. The concrete project goal was to develop and implement a long-term system for the further training of prison officers.

The project consisted of two components: the first component examined the relevant legislation and proposed improvements. Additionally, the organisational structure of the training centre for the prison system was reviewed and adapted to EU standards. A training strategy was developed, as well as long-term training programmes and respective training materials. The strategy and these materials were published on the training centre’s website. Moreover, trainers were trained, who in turn trained prison staff. Furthermore, a study trip was conducted for five prison officers. In the second component, training programmes and corresponding materials for the juvenile penitentiary system were developed and published on the training centre’s website. A study trip was also carried out in this field. Here, special emphasis was placed on public relations.

Funded by the European Union

Georgia: Legislative Impact Assessment, Drafting and Representation

EU Technical Assistance

Team leader: Lyda Favali
Responsible at the IRZ: Teresa Thalhammer, Maike Ruhlig

This project has been carried out since April 2015 in an international consortium led by the Belgian company IBF with a budget of almost 2 million euros. It was scheduled to have ended in October 2017 but was extended until April 2018 to complete some important activities. The main beneficiary is the Georgian Ministry of Justice.

In terms of content, the project is divided into three components with different objectives: to improve legislative processes, to make the Ministry of Justice more familiar with international law, human rights and arbitration and to promote the development of a Centre for the Translation of Georgian legal texts into English.

An important result of the project is a handbook and guidelines on the systematic harmonisation of legislation with EU law, which the IRZ expert had developed, and which will become a binding instrument in the legislative process of Georgia in the future. This instrument was introduced to government representatives at a conference in Tbilisi in June 2017. Its application at the technical level is already being accompanied by appropriate training courses.

A needs-oriented training concept on legislative techniques and political decision-making has also been developed, which is being applied in training courses for civil servants, members of parliament and government representatives. The focus is on the area of legal impact assessment as a central component of qualitative legislation, which is why additional trainers and mentors were trained for this purpose. Other activities included the training of civil servants on the representation of Georgia at international organisations and courts, as well as training on specific issues of private international law, which are often relevant to civil servants.

Funded by the European Union

Georgia: Facility for the Implementation of the Association Agreement in Georgia

EU Technical Assistance

Team leader: Jolanta Taczynska
Responsible at the IRZ: Teresa Thalhammer, Trime Ahmeti

Together with the Belgian partner IBF, the IRZ will carry out this project with a budget of 2 million euros up to May 2018. The main beneficiary partner, the Georgian Governmental Commission for EU Integration, will be assisted in the implementation of the EU’s bilateral agreements with Georgia (Association Agreement, Free Trade Agreement, Visa Liberalisation Agreement and the Association Agenda, all grouped under the term “Association Agreement”).

The year 2017 included a large number of measures that can only be listed by way of example. On the one hand, the project team established guidelines for the coordination, planning and monitoring of government programmes. In addition, policy papers have been drawn up to assist the Georgian authorities in the proper planning, in particular the timely implementation of the Association Agreement. A roadmap of measures to set up an anti-fraud system was also discussed. Furthermore, EU external assistance remained an intensive project component: work on establishing the joint monitoring and evaluation system in Georgia was completed and the monitoring and evaluation guidelines for EU-funded programmes/projects were developed and coordinated with the beneficiary. Information on possible participation in EU projects, the availability of EU funds and the criteria for their allocation were explained to the project partner.

In the area of the Free Trade Agreement, activities have been offered to align legislation, to introduce reform measures to remove technical barriers to trade (TBT) and to promote trade facilitation. At the consultative meetings, attention was paid to the fact that private companies were also included in order to make planned legislative measures transparent. 

Funded by the European Union