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Partnership for Good Governance
Newsletter No. 8 | April-June 2017
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We are pleased to announce that the Council of Europe/European Union ‘Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Eastern Partnership Countries’ has been renamed the ‘Partnership for Good Governance’.
Civil participation in EaP
A new study on "Civil Participation in Decision Making in the Eastern Partnership Countries Part II: Practice and Implementation" has just been published.
It contains 24 case studies from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. Analysts from the six countries examine the extent to which laws and policies are applied and implemented. The authors look at case studies in each country to examine in detail how participatory policymaking is working in practice, and then offer recommendations for each country.
Protection and promotion of human rights
Numerous activities have taken place under this theme, particularly under promoting equality and human dignity, promoting human rights education and democratic citizenship, protecting minorities' rights and strengthening the implementation of European human rights standards.
New bilingual textbooks for kindergartens in Georgia, 19-20 April
Public stakeholder meeting on Non-Discrimination and Equality in Moldova, 16 June
Ensuring Justice
Conclusions are being drawn on the positive impact of some of the projects to improve the efficiency and quality of justice and there have been many additional activities to promote penitentiary reforms
Report on the implementation of selected CEPEJ tools in pilot courts of the Republic of Moldova, 4 May
New action plan to fight against ill-treatment in Georgian prisons, 20 April
Combating threats to the rule of law
Training programmes have been launched and expert dialogue continues under the criminal justice action on cyber crime project. Training and other actions  also took place under the fight against corruption and money-laundering projects.
Investigating cybercrime and its financial gain, 24-28 April, Tbilisi
Developing codes of ethics – workshops for representatives of local universities in Armenia, May
Prison publications
Our penitentiary reform project team in Ukraine have produced several guides for prisoners and for prison staff. One being the Prison Management Booklet which provides practical and theoretical guidance in managing prisons. 
It aims to improve the skills of Ukrainian prison staff to use existing resources and to apply appropriate management techniques to achieve better results in the  field of enforcement of  criminal  sanctions. They have also published a Handbook on Prisoners’ Rights. Both publications exist in English and Ukrainian
Addressing challenges of the information society
Work continues on promoting professional and responsible journalism in Eastern Partnership countries, internet governance and data protection through training seminars and meetings.
Workshop on gender stereotypes in media reporting, 18 May, Tbilisi
Drafting curricula on “Journalism ethics” and “Media and Freedom of Expression”, 12 May, Baku
Promoting democratic governance
The Venice Commission continued its work on reforming electoral legislation and practice. A workshop was held on the application of the Council of Europe Local Finance Benchmark toolkit attended by participants from Armenia and Georgia.
Presentation of Council of Europe good governance tools that might be applied in Belarus, 28 April
Supporting domestic observation of Yerevan council elections, 14 May 2017
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