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Minister of Justice met with Delegation of the EU-Georgia Association Parliamentary Committee
The Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani and the Deputy Minister, director of the Special Penitentiary Service Zviad Mikhanashvili held a meeting with the delegation of the EU-Georgia Association of Parliamentary Committees, headed by Association Chairperson, Sajjad Karim.

The parties discussed the EU-Georgia relations and talked about future prospects. Thea Tsulukiani thanked the members of the delegation for a positive assessment of Georgia in fulfillment of the obligations undertaken through the agenda of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement.

The main topics addressed by the Minister of Justice were: the process of approximation the Georgian legislation in compliance with the laws of European countries; ratification of the Istanbul Convention and effective fight against domestic violence; secure identity documents; three waves of implementation of judiciary reforms and planned reforms for the introduction of commercial chambers; protection of human rights, strengthening the rule of law, institutional democracy; reforms in fight against corruption and development of open government.

Special attention was paid to children's rights, including the criminal procedure and penitentiary system in this respect. The guests noted that introduction of the Juvenile Justice Code in the criminal justice system and high quality of protection of children's rights could be a good example for other countries, and underlined the importance of initiating rehabilitation and re-socialization programs for adult convicts during their stay in the penitentiary institutions.

As Thea Tsulukiani noted, the country's progress in democratization is confirmed by international ratings and assessments. In 2017, Georgia held first position among the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In addition, Georgia is one of the most successful states within the framework of the Open Government Partnership and chairs the OGP since 2016. As for the judicial reform, according to the Justice Minister it is a complicated and complex but yet successful process that continues to eliminate the remaining shortcomings. The visitors noted that without the increase of the number of judges and their salaries it would be difficult to guarantee their independence and fast results.
The delegation of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee is visiting Georgia within the framework of the seventh session of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee.

The two-day session ends today.

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