About the Partnership for Good Governance
The PGG projects, both country-specific and regional, were designed in close consultation with national stakeholders, in line with the Council of Europe’s country-specific action plans and the European Union's “Deliverables 2020 for the Eastern Partnership”, as well as association agreements where they have been signed.
The programme has two successive phases: PGG I (2015-2018) and PGG II (2019-2021). Since 2017, PGG has mainly focused on providing legal expertise and technical assistance in the field of judiciary and fight against corruption to help Eastern Partnership countries effectively implement domestic reforms and to bring them closer to Council of Europe standards in these areas.
The PGG provides support to the Eastern Partnership countries to help implement reforms in the field of judiciary and fight against corruption. It offers:
- technical assistance tailored to each country to help them meet Council of Europe standards; and
- legal advice on priority reforms through the Council of Europe Quick Response Mechanism.
Assistance is provided through a variety of activities: legislative review, conferences, seminars, working groups, networking, analytical reports and training sessions led by the Council of Europe staff and international experts.
All PGG actions follow a human rights approach and address cross-cutting issues such as non-discrimination, gender mainstreaming, and ensure the inclusive involvement of civil society in the implementation of the PGG.
About the Council of Europe and the European Union
The Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) are separate organisations which have different, yet complementary roles.
- The Council of Europe works together with its 47 member States to strengthen human rights, democracy and rule of law across the continent and beyond.
- The EU brings its 28 member States closer together both economically and politically by harmonising legislation and practices in certain policy areas.
- The EU created the Eastern Partnership to cooperate closer with its eastern European neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine
- The two organisations work closely together in areas where they have common interests, notably in promoting human rights and democracy across Europe and in neighbouring regions.
- Cooperation between the European Union and the Council of Europe allows each organisation to benefit from the other’s specific strengths, thereby supporting each other’s work.