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Governance Progress Board for the Eastern Partnership Countries

Project Description
Good governance, democracy, the rule of law, and human rights are fundamental values that lie at the heart of the EU's relationship with the governments of partner countries and of the EaP itself. They are preconditions for a stable democratic system, a functioning market economy and sustainable growth. Although some progress has been achieved regarding the implementation of key judicial reforms in some partner countries, more efforts are needed to be devoted to developing functioning judicial systems based on the principles of independence, accountability, impartiality, quality, and efficiency of the judiciary, in line with European standards and Venice Commission recommendations on the rule of law and the judiciary.

The project aims at contributing to strengthening good governance and rule of law in the Eastern Neighbourhood. The project will enhance evidence-based policy-making and will keep track of the progress of the key reforms through reliable data analysis and through stakeholder engagement skills among the decision-makers and the civil society within EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine). In doing so the analytical tool Governance Progress Board will be developed.

The main steps of the implementation are as follows;
- Development of data-driven methods to measure progress and state of play of good governance and rule of law
- Bilateral and regional consultations with national stakeholders (state and non-state)
- Development of a target group-specific communication strategy

This activity also contributes to BMZ's "Development Policy 2030" (2018) and refers to BMZ's position paper "Focus on Europe" (2016), which calls for innovative approaches to European reform processes and is also in line with the German government's regional Caucasus initiative (BMZ country strategy, 2018).
Specific Objective
1. Contribute to strengthened good governance and rule of law in the Eastern Neighbourhood.
2. Enhance the evidence-based policy through improved monitoring of good governance and rule of law reforms.
Expected Results
1. Development and implementation of data-driven methods to measure the progress of the rule of law and good governance.
2. Promotion of evidence-based policy-making through stakeholder engagement and development of good governance Progress Board reports.
3. Improved public communication regarding the Governance Progress Board and its related reports.
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Civil society, Cross-Border Cooperation, Dialogue, Eastern Partnership, Good government, Human rights, Justice, Political relations
EaP Countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
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