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 various 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 updating, coordinating, and implementing the National Strategy of 2017-2020 for Combating 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 and other relevant departments involved in the fight against organized crime. We also support law enforcement and state security services.

The project helps enhance cooperation with transborder and international law enforcement agencies. The objectives are 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 law enforcement agencies to fight cybercrime and organized crime through introductory and advanced training.
  • Finalize standard operating procedures for cooperation with Computer Security Incident Response Team.
  • Finalize the concept for a serious and organized crime threat assessment based on Europol methodologies.
  • Finalize community-oriented policing 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 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 organized crime, with special attention to gender-sensitive approaches.
  • Enhanced international law enforcement cooperation and direct contacts with EU Member States, Europol, and selected third countries’ authorities.
  • Strengthened crime prevention through integrated community-oriented policing in police work, employing a human rights-based approach.
  • Increased public awareness on prevention of and fight against organized crime, using gender-sensitive approaches as relevant.
  • Enhanced capacity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Academy to institutionalize and upgrade police preparation to fight organized crime.
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