Georgia—Support the Fight Against Organized Crime

Client: European Union

Duration: 2018-2022

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Georgia

Solutions: Governance

The Government of Georgia has implemented a number of reforms to strengthen the Rule of Law with emphasis on prevention and fight against organized crime. Since 2013, the Interagency Coordinating Council on Fight against Organized Crime has been mandated with the update, coordination, and implementation of the new National Strategy of 2017-2020 for Combatting Organized Crime and its Action Plan.

Our project supports the implementation of the strategy and its plan to build the capacity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and its relevant departments involved in the fight against organized crime. We also support law enforcement and State Security Services.

The project works towards enhancing cooperation with transborder and international law enforcement agencies. The completion of the main results is linked to the Visa Liberalization Action Plan that has set several obligations and benchmarks for its implementation within the competence of the Ministry of Interior in Georgia.

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Sample Activities

  • Support drafting the new Strategy and Action Plan on Combating Organised Crime and establishing monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
  • Increase the effectiveness of the law enforcement agencies to fight cybercrime organized crime by organising a series of introductory and advanced trainings. Finalize standard operating procedures for cooperation with Computer Security Incident Response Team.
  • Finalize the concept for Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment based on Europol methodologies.
  • Finalise Community Oriented Policing—COP action plan and provide advice on practical aspects of its implementation.

Select Results

  • Improved institutional capacity of Georgia’s Interagency Coordinating Council for Combating Organised Crime.
  • Enhanced the capacity of the law enforcement agencies to fight cybercrime and organized crime, with special attention to gender-sensitive approaches.
  • Strengthened analytical capacities of the relevant law enforcement agencies.
  • Upgraded legal mechanisms for the prevention of and fight against organised crime, with special attention to gender-sensitive approaches.
  • Enhanced international law enforcement cooperation and direct contacts with the EU Member States, Europol, and selected third countries’ authorities.
  • Strengthened crime prevention through integrated community-oriented policing in police work, with due employment of human rights-based approach.
  • Increased public awareness on prevention of and fight against organised crime, using gender-sensitive approaches as relevant.
  • Enhanced capacity of the MIA Academy to institutionalise and upgrade police preparation to fight organised crime.


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