The European Union and Council of Europe joint programme on Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) 2019-2022 held the third Steering Committee assembly for Azerbaijan on Friday 25 February in on-line format. The purpose of the assembly was to current the state of implementation and the outcomes of the programme and talk about plans for 2022.
Through the assembly, members assessed the influence of the work carried out by the PGG tasks throughout 2021 within the fields of judiciary, combating corruption and discrimination.
The programme is implementing three country-specific tasks in Azerbaijan for the interval 2019-2022, with a complete price range of round 2 million euros. These tasks help the nation’s authorities to counter corruption and cash laundering, strengthen the effectivity and high quality of the judicial system and to lift consciousness of the Istanbul Conference and Gender Equality Requirements.
Along with the country-specific tasks, Azerbaijan is collaborating in regional PGG tasks aimed toward stopping and combating financial crime, facilitating the entry of girls to justice in addition to strengthening the entry to justice via non-judiciary redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech, strengthening the professions of attorneys, with a complete price range of round 3,7 million euros.
The European Union supplies 80% of the funding of the tasks, while the Council of Europe supplies 20% of the funding and is in command of their implementation.
Ambassador Peter Michalko, Head of the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan, Delphine Freymann, Head of the Programming Division a.i., Workplace of the Directorate Common of Programmes, Council of Europe, and Leyla Hasanova, Chief of Division, Division of Cooperation with Human Rights Establishments, Ministry of Overseas Affairs of Azerbaijan, PGG Nationwide Coordinator opened the assembly.