Over the past two years, Georgia has implemented two more recommendations issued by the Council of Europe anti-corruption body GRECO in 2016 on the prevention of corruption amongst MPs, judges and prosecutors, said GRECO in a new compliance report published today.
All in all, seven out of 16 recommendations have been implemented satisfactorily or dealt with in a satisfactory manner, another seven have been partly implemented and two have still not been implemented", reads the report.
Today’s report is already the second to analyse the implementation of the 2016 recommendations.
The report reads that the regulations on transparency of the legislative process on the side of the parliament 'have been greatly enhanced ... but rules should also be adopted to allow for meaningful consultations to take place'.
Furthermore, training of MPs on the Code of Conduct has taken place, but further practical measures for the implementation of the Code (such as confidential counselling and monitoring) still have to become fully operational", reads the report.
GRECO urges the authorities to take further measures to enhance public trust in the recruitment processes of judges, be it to the Supreme Court or common courts, in particular in respect of the decision-making of the High Council of Justice.
GRECO regrets that the limitation of the broad immunity of judges is still under consideration and concludes that its recommendation that the immunity of judges be limited to activities relating to their participation in judicial decision-making remains not implemented.
As for prosecutors, positive measures have been taken for the practical implementation of the Code of Ethics and welcome improvements have been made to the rules on the recruitment and promotion of prosecutors. GRECO concluded that two of its recommendations in these areas have been implemented.