Supporting the visa liberalization process in Georgia by providing assistance in the field of personal data protection and anti-discrimination
Period of implementation: August 2014 – August 2015
The proposed project meets the objectives of the development of Georgia regarding the progress of administrative and legislative reform in order to align with European standards, through activities of assisting in anti-discrimination and protection of personal data, all this being important components of Visa Liberalization Action Plan, found within the EU-Georgia dialogue.
Georgia has assumed obligations under the Visa Liberalization Action Plan, to engage in gradual harmonization of legislation with EU standards and implement serious reforms over several years, but according to progress reports and independent evaluations, areas where assistance is really needed, are the followings: (1) Personal Data Protection and (2) Anti-discrimination legislation and policies. Taking into account the needs identified in the partner country and the already existing cooperation opportunities, through the proposed action, we wish to replicate this model in the framework of a Romania-Georgia cooperation project, identified in this two areas.
The project aims to: Strengthen the capacity of the Office of the Personal Data Protection Inspector in fulfilling EU criteria regarding data protection (section 2.3.4 of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan) and to (2) Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia in order to meet EU criteria on citizens’ rights and protection of minorities.
The target group of the project is extended to representatives of civil society in Georgia, as important factors in monitoring and supporting this process.
Donor: The project is funded by the Romanian Government, through the budget for Official Development Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented in partnership with United Nations Development Programme Bratislava Regional Centre.