A concept paper “On supporting the youth in the legal profession in the 5 EaP* countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine)” has been presented and discussed at the online meeting on October 13. This initiative makes part of the project “Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards”**. The Concept Paper is a result of an assessment made by Dr. Remigijus Jokubauskas and Mr. Michail Mittas, the international experts of the Council of Europe.
The European Association of Lawyers (AEA-EAL), the Council of Europe (CoE), and the Armеnian Ваr Association (Chamber of
Advocates of Armenia) are co-organised the "Twinning of Lawyers": an online event for lawyers from Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern and Western Europe.
Twinning is free of charge. Registration is opened.
The expert discussions were organised within the regional project “Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards” funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe within the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance. The Project is implemented in 5 countries – Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, and is focused on strengthening the cooperation between the bar associations and law societies of the participating countries with a view to improving the internal functioning and independence of the bars in accordance with the Council of Europe standards and recommendations.
The European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) of the Council of Europe developed a published a study entitled “Study on the feasibility of a new, binding or non-binding, European legal instrument on the profession of lawyer: possible added-value and effectiveness”.
The Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2021-2024 has been officially launched in Strasbourg in presence of Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova and Marija Pejčinović Burić, Council of Europe Secretary General.
The Action Plan aims to improve national legislation, institutions and practices in line with European standards in the areas of human rights, the rule of law and democracy.
Under this plan, the Council of Europe and the Moldovan authorities have agreed to carry out activities to promote reforms in key areas such as the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in the Republic of Moldova.
Building up on the work already done in previous action plans, action will be taken to enhance the independence and accountability of the judicial system, develop the capacity of law enforcement and other agencies to respond to corruption and money laundering, improve electoral legislation and practice.
A number of initiatives will help reforming the prison system and promoting alternatives to detention, advancing the compliance with European media and internet governance standards, enhancing data protection, aligning national legislation and practice with anti-discrimination and gender equality European standards as well as strengthening the national child protection framework.
On 11 and 16 December 2020 online presentations of two cross-country reviews on a) the internal structure of the bar associations and b) on procedural safeguards of lawyers and their protection against undue interferences for the bar associations, free legail aid institutions, professional unions of lawyers and NGOs of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine were held.
The PGG II Regional Project “Strengthening the legal profession in line with European standards”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, publishes a comparative review of the procedural and institutional setup of functioning of lawyers in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.