Friday, July 20, 2007, #137 (1404)

Joint Project Targets Legislative Reform and Civil Servant Training
By Messenger Staff

Caucasus University and the European Public Law Center announced that they will cooperate in the implementation of the project “KOMNINOI-Modernization of Georgia’s legislation and the training of civil servants and judges,” funded by the Department of International Development Cooperation of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The project will provide support to reviewing and updating Georgian legislation, as well as give trainings to administrators and legal representatives of the Georgian government. The project’s objectives include proposing legislative reforms, further developing relations between public entities in Georgia and EU member states and improving the knowledge and skills of Georgian civil servants.

President of Caucasus University Kakha Shengelia, during his meeting with Greek Ambassador Eleftherios Anghelopoulos and Deputy Director of the European Public Law Center Piji Protopsaltis, emphasized the value of cooperation between Greece and Georgia on issues of European integration.

During the meetings, Caucasus University and the European Public Law Center identified numerous areas for cooperation such as strengthening the law faculty’s research program, launching a Master’s program on European Law as well as supporting reform of the civil service sector.

Protopsaltis told The Messenger that in the beginning, she had some concerns about the success of the project. But after meeting with the representatives of Caucasus University and discussing the essence of the project, she has become more than convinced that the project will be successful.

The ambassador of Greece said that the Greek embassy has diversified efforts in various sectors of Georgia and this time they are concentrating on the legal system which is of vital importance for Georgia’s strive towards further democratization.

The European Public Law Center is a non-profit institution, with extensive experience in legal reform, education and training, public administration reform, having implemented similar projects globally, including in Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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