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Partnership for Good Governance 2019-2021
Newsletter 14 | January-September 2019
Launch of the EU/COE Partnership for Good Governance phase II
The second phase of our PGG programme (worth €17.5 million between 2019 and 2021) was officially launched at a ceremony in Brussels on 7 May!
This phase will focus on judicial reform and fighting corruption, as well as measures to tackle discrimination. 
The key objectives of the programmes will be presented in a serie of Local Steering Committees open to the press in the coming weeks : Republic of Moldova on 25 September, Armenia and Georgia on 1 October; Azerbaijan on 3 October; Belarus on 8 October and Ukraine on 11 October. You will find media advisories and press notes about the projects on the hub website closer to the time.
FOCUS : The Quick Response Mechanism
Three opinions from the Venice Commission have already been adopted  and three opinions requested in the framework of the newly introduced Quick Response Mechanism (QRM).
The QRM is a Partnership for Good Governance tool, by which the European Commission for Democracy through Law (better known as the Venice Commission) may provide ad-hoc legal advice to respond to requests for legislative analysis and related assistance from the concerned countries or the European Union. 
Urgent opinion on the selection and appointment of Supreme Court judges in Georgia
Opinion: the dissolution of parliament in the Republic of Moldova did not meet the required conditions
Opinion on legal provisions on the relationship between the prosecution and the police in Georgia
Opinion requested on the constitutional implications of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.
Strengthening the rule of law and anti-corruption mechanisms
Building on the results of the phase 1 of PGG, the implementation of projects in this area started with steering committee meetings:
In Georgia, representatives from the General Prosecutor’s Office, the State Security Service as well as members of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance and the Civil Service Bureau were trained on “Investigation and prosecution of corruption offenses” and "Efficient monitoring of public officials' asset declarations and prevention of conflict of interest". In Belarus, representatives of financial intelligence unit, law enforcement agencies and other relevant authorities exchanged experience on “Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Typologies” .
New HELP course online
A new free online course on the standards developed by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) is now available on the HELP online platform.
Promoting gender equality and non-discrimination
Events were held in Kyiv, Ukraine and Chisinau, Moldova to discuss how to improve the methods for disaggregated data collection, a key matter for the prevention of discrimination and protection of victims.
Belarusian students explored European non-discrimination standards during a Spring School on Human Rights and Combating Discrimination.
Belarus : Belarus should abolish death penalty - Conference on Public Opinion and Death Penalty
HELP Certified trainers in Azerbaijan
Supporting the implementation of key judicial reforms
The objectives of PGG II in the area of the judiciary were presented at the occasion of projet launching  including the launch of the project “Supporting the criminal justice reforms – tackling criminal aspects of the judicial reform”  in Tbilisi, Georgia on 15 April  as well as the Project “Implementation of judicial reforms in Armenia” (component II) launched in April.
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