Overview

On this website, you can find up-to-date, independent assessment of the fulfilment of criteria for visa liberalization by all the six Eastern Partnership countries. This unique tool will let you check and compare the progress made by each state in each required area.
This edition of visa liberalisation monitoring presents only results for Georgia and Ukraine. Both countries received a positive recommendation from the European Commission and visa-free regime should be expected by mid-2016. Moldova has enjoyed a visa-free regime since April 2014.

 

CHANGELOGS

I 2015

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • € 4 million will be assigned by the EU to Armenia in order to improve border and migration management (under the Mobility Partnership programme). UNDP’s support to anti-corruption activities will reach € 21 million, due to agreement signed in January 2015.
  • Modernization of Bavra BCP has commenced (January 2015).
2.2.Migration management
  • The State Migration Service signed an agreement with the Netherlands Repatriation and Departure Service on support for the reintegration of Armenians (16 December 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • GRECO’s evaluation visit to Armenia within Fourth Round is going to take place on 13-17 April 2015.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • Amendments to the legislative framework on migration were adopted (30 December 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • The law “On amendments to some of the laws of the Republic of Belarus on public and border security” was adopted in January 2015 and will come into force in July 2015.
2.2.Migration management
  • The Eurasian Economic Union was launched, establishing a freedom of labour force movement between Belarus, Armenia, Russia and Kazakhstan ( 1 January 2015).
  • A bill amending law “On External Labour Migration” was registered in the parliament (1 December 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Belarus enacted new legislation on public procurement (1 January 2015, presidential decree №657).
  • The lower chamber of the parliament adopted the bill amending anti-drug legislation (15 January 2015).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Moldova adopted a new Strategy for Integrated Border Management for 2015-2017.
  • The Protocol between the Border Police Department and State Border Service of Ukraine on statistical and analytical data exchange and cooperation development plan for 2015 was signed (20 November 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • The Bureau for Migration and Asylum presented the second Extended Migration Profile for 2008-2013 (31 December 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • Due to Ukraine-Russian conflict, number of asylum seekers in Moldova in 2014 tripled comparing to 2013.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Head of the NAC complained publicly about the low level of independence of his task force and called on authorities to review the legislation (10 December 2014).
  • Moldovan Police and Prosecutor General’s Office arrested seven members of an organized criminal group suspected of smuggling uranium (2014).
  • NAC reported 39 cases of money laundering (2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • An Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation with Europol was signed (18 December 2014).
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Biometric passports have been issued since 12 January 2015.
  • The Cabinet discussed draft of presidential decree “On diplomatic passports of Ukraine with the contactless electronic chip and passport for officials of Ukraine with the contactless electronic chip” (December 2014).
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • A dedicated commission was created to conduct open selection of National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine’s director (25 December 2014).
  • The Council of business Ombudsman was created (26 November 2014).
  • A joint working group on anti-corruption issues was being launched with EU and European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) support (January 2015).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The Ministry of Social Policy was preparing an exhaustive list of prohibited grounds of discrimination, due to be included into a Labour Code (January 2015).

X 2013

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Azerbaijan started issuance of biometric passports (September 2013).
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • Rules of deportation of illegal migrants were liberalised on the basis of governmental decision. There is no immediate extradition any longer (2 August 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • “Mobile ID (Asan İmza)” e-signature system has been developed in 2013 and is expected to help in state’s anti-corruption efforts.
  • Government adopted amendments to legislation on THB (2 August 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • In September 2013 authorities informed, that works on biometric passports for internal use (equivalent of ID) have been ongoing since January 2013.
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • Signing of readmission agreements with Kazakhstan (4 October 2013) and Russia (15 November 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • The Ministry of Interior requested the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research to prepare amendments to the law " On the granting of refugee status, subsidiary and temporary protection to foreign citizens and stateless persons within the Republic of Belarus" (June 2013).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • In its communicate, the European Commission prioritizes a start of negotiations on Administrative Cooperation Arrangements between OLAF and Belarus (June 2013).
  • The Belarusian Financial Intelligence Unit was  rewarded with the diploma of Best Case Award-2013 of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units (28 August 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The Government proposed to the parliament a number of amendments to the law "On Information, Informatization and Protection of Information" regarding definitions related to data protection, and specifying the competences of the Operative-Analytical Centre (21 October 2013).
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • Amendments to laws regulating legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons undergo ratification procedure in the upper chamber of the parliament (Autumn 2013).
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • According to experts, all provisions of the NIBMS have already been implemented except of delimitation of borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.
2.2.Migration management
  • Several governmental bodies are working on the new draft law “On the Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons”.
  • The Public Service Development Agency (PSDA) is well advanced in preparation of the unified database of migration information.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The draft law “On Police” aims at creation of non-partisan, modern formation compliant with European standards.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • Draft law “On International Law Enforcement Cooperation”, in compliance with 2nd Additional Protocolof the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters prepared (2013).
3.3 Data protection
  • The Inspector for Personal Data Protectionappointed in July 2013.
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • Draft of anti-discrimination law prepared, according to Ministry of Justice declaration (15 July 2013).

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Old-type Soviet passports (approximately 220’000 holders) will be replaced on state’s behalf with national IDs by 1 September 2014.
  • Issuance of passport/ID takes approximately 3 hours (Autumn 2013).
2.1.Border management
  • Cooperation agreement between the Border Police and the General Inspectorate of Police setting up the mechanism for combating the crimes and defending of human rights signed (3 July 2013).
2.2.Migration management
  • The “Scoreboard” electronic database and the Extended Migration Profile was finalized and presented.
  • The law “On simplifying the procedure for registration of foreign citizens on the Transnistrian perimeter of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border” was adopted (2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The Task Force was created to prepare a reform of the General Prosecutor’s office in order to improve its anti-corruption capacities.
  • The Strategy on preventing and combating money laundering and financing of terrorism and Action Plan for its implementation for 2013-2017 adopted.
  • To improve anti-trafficking efforts, the dedicated website was launched.
  • Governmental decision regulating party financing, enabling public funding of political parties adopted, due to GRECO recommendation (19 June 2013).
  • Funds for implementation of the Strategy and Action Plan on preventing and combating money laundering and financing of terrorism were allocated
  • Moldova and Romania established cooperation to improve effectiveness of detection of financial crimes.
  • The Code of Conduct for employees of the NAC adopted by the Government (30 August 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The law forbidding the promotion of non-marriage sexual behavior, practically restrictive towards LGBT, was adopted (5 July 2013).
  • Persons applying for Moldovan citizenship shall pass an exam of knowledge on constitution in Romanian language, due to governmental decision (14 August 2013).
  • The Anti-Discrimination Council members are appointed and the Council is functional (2013)
  • The program of community mediators will be launched by the end of 2013 to solve problems of Roma minority.

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • No secondary legislation for issuance of biometric documents in place (1 September 2013).
  • Production of passports transferred from Commercial Consortium EDAPS to the state-owned “Ukraine” printing house.
2.1.Border management
  • Ukraine and Moldova introduced a joint risk analysis at the regional level of border management in August 2013.
2.2.Migration management
  • Amended and revised readmission agreement with Russia entered into force (July 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the draft law "On amendments to some legislative acts as regards the recommendations of the European Commission in the sphere of state anti-corruption policy” (11 September 2013).
  • Amendments to the Criminal Code in line with the “Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime” (7 July 2013).
  • The position of Governmental Commissioner for Anti-Corruption Policy restored (11 July 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The law “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning improvement of the institutional system of protection of personal data” signed by the President (23 July 2013).
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The resolution "On Approval of the Plan of Implementation of the Strategy for the protection and integration into Ukrainian society Roma national minority in 2020” adopted by the Government (11 September 2013).

IX 2015

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • “Integrated Border Management at the land border between Georgia and Azerbaijan” project has been launched (February 2015).
  • A training on the importance of adoption of an Integrated Border Management Strategy was conducted at the Academy of State Border Service (27-29 April 2015).
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Belarusian officials took part in the expert meeting as part of the EaP Integrated Border Management Capacity Building Project (July 2015).
  • Belarusian and Polish border agencies ran a five-day monitoring of time consumed by border check procedures (February 2015).
  • Belarusian foreign minister voiced expectation to receive EU financial assistance for development of the Belarus-Ukraine border infrastructure (August 2015).
2.2.Migration management
  • The law “On External Labour Migration” was amended (June 2015).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The law "On combating corruption" was adopted (July 2015).
  • The summary of the Compliance report by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) was published (May 2015).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • State Commission on Migration Issues members discussed state’s readiness for the visit of VLAP’s assessment mission, scheduled for September 2015 (31 August 2015).
  • A guidebook on legal immigration has been presented by the SCMI (10 July 2015).
  • The Unified Migration Analytical System (UMAS) was set up by the government’s decision (16 July 2015).
  • The government launched an information campaign on visa-free travel to the EU (3 August 2015).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Decree “On diplomatic passports of Ukraine with the contactless electronic chip and passport for officials of Ukraine with the contactless electronic chip” was adopted (12 May 2015).
  • The MFA has started processing applications for biometric diplomatic and service passports (25 May 2015).
2.1.Border management
  • An Action Plan on joint operational border management with EU Member States and Moldova was approved (8 July 2015).
  • Fingerprint checks have been introduced as a second line of border control in 2015
  • A working group on ensuring access to Interpol databases at border crossing points was created (7 April 2015).
2.2.Migration management
  • A bill “On external labour migration” was approved by the government and registered in the parliament (10 July 2015).
  • A Contact Analytical Center for the Monitoring of Migration Processes was created ( 18 June 2015).
  • From 1 January 2016 the personnel of the State Migration Service will be increased by 500 persons (27 May 2015).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • Ukraine proposed to the European Asylum Support Office to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding on the Exchange of the Information on Countries of Origin.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The National Security Strategy was approved (26 May 2015).
  • An inter-agency working group has elaborated a draft of the State Programme on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings until 2020.
  • The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine staff was recruited in summer 2015.
  • The law "On amendments to the law "On the Prosecutor’s Office" (on improvement and peculiarities of application of certain provisions)" was adopted (2 July 2015).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • The Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine and Europol entered into force (13 July 2015).
3.3 Data protection
  • Following amendments to state budget for 2015, funding of Ombudsman office (devoted to data protection) was increased by UAH 7 million.
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

II 2014

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Biometric documents have been issued in the whole territory of Armenia (1 January 2014).
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • In order to provide assistance to public agencies fighting with drug trafficking, the Anti-Drug Centre will be established in 2014.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
  • In 2014 UNHCR will provide structural consultations to State Migration Service, Parliament and Law enforcement agencies in Azerbaijan.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The third National Action Plan on Struggle against Human Trafficking for 2014-2018 is awaiting governmental approval.
  • Progress in anti-trafficking activities reported.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • In 2014 the decision will be taken, when to begin the issuance of biometric passports.
2.1.Border management
  • The “Risk Analysis in Border Management in Belarus” (RANBEL) project was launched. The first seminar within RANBEL took place (5 December 2013).
  • The first demarcation sign was set up on Ukrainian-Belarusian border (15 November 2013).
2.2.Migration management
  • A project “Supporting the Republic of Belarus in Addressing Irregular Migration and Promoting Human Rights of Vulnerable Migrants” (AMBEL) was launched (December 2013).
  • Belarus declared its willingness to join the negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission, the first round is expected soon (November 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • Amendments to the law " On the granting of refugee status, subsidiary and temporary protection to foreign citizens and stateless persons within the Republic of Belarus" were endorsed by the upper chamber of the parliament (December 2013).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Belarus acceded to the CoE Convention on action against trafficking in human beings, it was (signature: 26 November 2013, entry into force: March 2014).
  • A Presidential decree "On certain aspects of state regulation of the turnover of poppy seeds" (signed on 14 January 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • Amendments to the law "On Information, Informatization and Protection of Information" adopted (2013).
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • An Interagency Council on Elaboration of State Border Management Strategy established to prepare a new draft of the Strategy by 1 March 2014 (14 January 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • A new draft law “On the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons” approved by the Government, directed to parliament (20 October 2013).
  • Migration profiles for years 2005-2010 and 2011-2013 adopted (September 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • A National Strategy on the Fight against Organized Crime for 2013-2014 approved (October 2013).
  • An Action Plan on Fight against Organized Crime adopted (4 November 2013).
  • Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, 2003, ratified (10 January 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, 2001, ratified (10 January 2014).
3.3 Data protection
  • Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data regarding supervisory authorities and representatives of international information flows, 2001, ratified (10 January 2014).
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The draft law “On Georgian Citizenship” prepared by the working group on reduction of statelessness.
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Action Plan on phasing out of the Soviet type passports by 1 September 2014 adopted (4 October 2013).
  • Electronic IDs will be introduced beginning with 1 March 2014.
2.1.Border management
  • The Regulation “On Border Police mobile units” (secondary legislation) was adopted in order to ensure the proper functioning of the Border Police (20 September 2013).
  • The decision on creating points of contact on Ukrainian-Moldovan border was approved (30 October 2013).
2.2.Migration management
  • The decision on the control of migration flows on the border between Moldova and Ukraine within the Transnistrian perimeter has been adopted (11 October 2013).
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania offered 150,000 EUR to Moldova for improving migration and asylum system (Autumn 2013).
  • Approved protocols on implementation of the EU-Moldova readmission agreement with Spain and Slovenia.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Secondary legislation aimed at combating corruption among judges adopted (Autumn 2013).
  • The government of Moldova and the Government of Ukraine initiated negotiations on the Agreement on cooperation in the protection and repatriation of victims of THB (adults and children), unaccompanied children and migrants in need (6 November 2013).
  • Framework Regulation “On Whistleblowers” adopted (9 September 2013).
  • The structure of the NAC approved by the Government (30 December 2013).
  • The Regulation on the functioning of the anticorruption hotlines adopted by the Parliament (25 October 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • The evaluation mission on personal data protection on behalf of the Europol visited Moldova (28-31 October).
  • The draft of the Memorandum of Understanding on privacy and information security between Moldova and the European Police Office was presented (27 December 2013).
  • Law enforcement cooperation established with Macedonia (22 October 2013).
  • Strategy and the Action Plan (2014-2018) for the reform of the Information and Security Service (Intelligence service) adopted (10 October 2013).
3.3 Data protection
  • A new National Strategy in the area of Data Protection for the 2013-2018 accompanied by an Action Plan adopted by the Parliament (10 October 2013).
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The law “On Foreigners” amended to implement partially the Regulation No 810/2009/CE of the European Parliament and EU Council (1 November 2013).
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The Government and Parliament deflected an attempt by several MPs to challenge the anti-discrimination framework (11 October 2013).

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Second meeting of the Ukrainian-Belarusian joint demarcation commission (5-7 November 2013).
  • First border markers on Ukrainian-Belarusian border installed (October and November 2013).
  • The Ukrainian-Moldovan border demarcation process was accomplished (Autumn 2013).
  • A by-law introducing high demands for financial guaranties (€400) at the entry to Ukraine regardless of the duration of stay was introduced (December 2013).
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2011-2015 amended (15 January 2014).
  • An Action Plan for 2014 for the prevention and counteraction to legalization (laundering) of incomes from crime and terrorist financing adopted (14 January 2014).
  • The law (№. 2803) “On Introduction of Amendments into the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code (regarding implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan for Ukraine)” entered into force (15 December 2013).
  • The rules on positions of Governmental Commissioner for Anti-Corruption Policy issued (4 December 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The law “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning improvement of the institutional system of protection of personal data” entered into force (1 January 2014).
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The Strategy of activity of the Commissioner in the sphere of prevention and counteraction of discrimination in Ukraine for 2014-2017 was approved (15 November 2013)

XII 2011

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

V 2014

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • The government approved the procedure for return of illegal migrants from EU (19 March 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • A workshop was organised for officers at border crossing points, targeted at fighting illegal migration (March 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • The EU-Azerbaijan Readmission Agreement was signed (February 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Assessment Mission of the MONEYVAL came to Azerbaijan (February 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • The bill “On amendments to some of the laws of the Republic of Belarus on border security” was endorsed by the parliament in the first reading (2 April 2014).
  • Representatives of the Belarusian State Border Committee took part in a seminar on the integrated border management in Bucharest, Romania (24-27 March 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • During the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship (May 2014) cooperation between a variety of state agencies will be intensified (Spring 2014).
  • The IOM assisted in preparing a joint report on risk analysis at the Belarusian border during the Ice Hockey Championship (Spring 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The bill "On revisions and amendments to the law "On counteraction against trafficking in human beings" was introduced to the parliament on in order to implement the CoE Convention on action against THB (19 February 2014).
  • The Additional Protocol to the CoE Criminal Law Convention on Corruption was signed (23 January 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • The new National Integrated Border Management Strategy was approved by governmental decree № 226 (13 March 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • A new law “On the Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons” was adopted by the parliament (5 March 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Creation of a national strategy and an action plan for fighting money laundering was discussed on the first meeting of an Interagency Council against money laundering and financing of terrorism (31 January 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The anti-discrimination law was adopted in the first reading (17 April 2014).

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Over 750.000 Moldovans have a biometric passport (April 2014).
2.1.Border management
  • A seminar concerning the protection of personal data and solving problems related to access to information was organised for border police (4 April 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • Kazakhstan-Moldovan Readmission Agreement was negotiated, negotiations are ongoing (February 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Europol signed (16 January 2014).
  • Europol experts’ study visit to Chisinau (19-21 March 2014).
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • Revised law “On citizenship” vetoed by the President (Spring 2014).
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • A seminar for judges, prosecutors, experts from the BMA, representatives of international organizations and NGOs on the protection of migrants, under the European Convention on Human Rights (1-2 April 2014).

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The decree “On Certain Issues of the Implementation of the Law On the Unified State Demographic Register and Documents Confirming the Ukrainian Citizenship, Identifying the Person or their Social Status” was adopted (26 March 2014).
2.1.Border management
  • The text of an Agreement between the Government of Romania and Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on local border traffic has been signed ad referendum (1 April 2014).
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The law "On amendments to some legislative acts as regards the recommendations of the European Commission in the sphere of state anti-corruption policy” was adopted in the first reading (15 April 2014).
  • The law “On State Procurement” was adopted (10 April 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The law “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on activities of the Ukrainian Parliament’ Commissioner for Human Rights in the sphere of Personal Data Protection” (№ 4551) was adopted in the first reading (15 April 2014).
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The law “On Amending the Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Preventing and Combating Discrimination in Ukraine” was adopted in the first reading (15 April 2014).

IV 2012

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • A working agreement that outlines the agenda for future cooperation between Armenia and FRONTEX was signed on 22 February 2012.
2.2.Migration management
  • The negotiations of the EU-Armenia Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement started on 27 February 2012.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Biometric passports and IDs are expected to be produced in Azerbaijan approximately at the end of 2013-beginning of 2014.
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • 01-02 March 2012 the European Union (EU) held its first round of the negotiations on the visa facilitation and readmission agreements with Azerbaijan.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The country is equipped to start issuing biometric passports as of 2012 and pilot biometric passports have already been issued.

 

2.1.Border management
  • On 28-29 February 2012 in Minsk a workshop on the development of the Action Plan for the implementation of the IBM Strategy for the Republic of Belarus was held.

 

2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The 2012 Order nr 333  of the President of Belarus gives a possibility to deny issuance of new passports to persons put on the black list (ban on leaving the Republic of Belarus).

 

4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The Number of issued biometric passports is over 342 213 up to January 1,  2012.
  • About 200,000 citizens received electronic ID (for March 12, 2012).
2.1.Border management
  • Georgia has got National Integrated Border Management Strategy and Action Plan. Updated IBM Strategy was submitted to the President in December 2011.
2.2.Migration management
  • The law "On Refugees and Humanitarian Status” entered into force in March 2012
  • More than 750 applications has been submitted by EU member states for readmission of Georgian citizens, Approval rate of readmission applications 93% ( 24 April 2012 data).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • The Academy of the Ministry of Interior and the European Police College (CEPOL) signed in December 2011 an agreement as an important step forward in the field of police cooperation.
3.3 Data protection
  • The Parliament adopted the law on Personal Data Protection on 28 December 2011.
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • In January 2012, the Government amended the Action Plan in support of the Roma population (2011-2015) taking into consideration recommendations related to international standards notably on inclusion policies.
  • “Law on freedom of conscience, thought and religion” adopted on 27 December 2011.

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The public procurement tender  took place on 27 January 2012 for the company, which will supply the state enterprise “Registru” with blanks with integrated chip.
2.1.Border management
  • Law "On Border Police" (adopted on 28 December 2011, published on 20 April 2012, will enter into force in July 2012).
  • The law "On State Border" was adopted (on 4 November 2011) and entered into force in 2012.
  • A new cooperation plan with FRONTEX for 2012-2014 has been signed recently.
2.2.Migration management
  • The law "On Integration of Foreigners" was approved by the Government on 9 November 2011, adopted by the parliament on 27 December 2011, published on 13 March 2012, will enter into force on 1 July 2012.
  • The law "On the amendment of the Contravention Code of the Republic of Moldova on introducing the necessary amendments for the identification and regulation of carriers in the transportation of persons from / to the Republic of Moldova"  was passed in the parliament on 23 February 2012.
  • In the period of January-June 2012 there were examined 68 demands of readmission.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The new law "On Preventing and Combating Organised Crime" has been approved by the parliament (22 March 2012) and covers the issues of fighting cross-border crime.
  • The ratification instruments of the the Council of Europe Convention (Lanzarote Convention) were deposited with the Council of Europe on 12 March 2012.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • The Republic of Moldova presented additional information to Eurojust on data protection in February 2012.
  • The law "On amending of some legislative acts (the Law no. 45-XII of 12 April 1994 on Operative Investigations, the Criminal Procedure Code)" approved by Government on 11 November 2011 was adopted by Parliament on 5 April 2012.
  • The 'Law on Special Investigating Activity' (approved by Government on 25 October 2011) was adopted by Parliament on 29 March 2012. 
  • 2nd Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters has been signed, pending ratification.
3.3 Data protection
  • The law "On personal data protection" entered into force on 14 April 2012.
  • The Republic of Moldova presented additional information to Eurojust on data protection in February 2012.
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The ratification of the 2001 Additional Protocol to the Convention (...) entered into force 1 January 2012.
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • On February 8, 2012, Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law "On the ethical rules" (#4362-VI).
2.1.Border management
  • According to the EC/EEAS Progress Reports issued in September 2011 and in February 2012 Ukraine has achieved significant progress by adopting proper legal framework for Integrated Border Management, including relevant Action Plan.
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
  • Draft National Programme on Integration of Asylum Seekers in Ukrainian society for the period till 2020, developed in accordance with the law, was released at the website of State Migration Service.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The Concept of the Policy in the Sphere of fighting Organised Crime was adopted October 21, 2011 and the Action Plan for its realisation was adopted by the cabinet January 25, 2012.
  • The Concept of the National Social Programme on Counteraction to Trafficking in Human Beings until 2015 was adopted on February 15, 2012 the Programme (Action Plan) had been planned to be prepared in 3 months.
  • In January 2012 the registration of persons who committed corruption crimes was launched by the Ministry of Justice.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • The 2nd Additional Protocol of the Convention (...)entered into force for Ukraine on 1 January 2012.
  • Agreement with Eurojust was initialled on December 8, 2011. Awaiting official signing.
3.3 Data protection
  • The State Service of Ukraine for personal Data Protection is has been established in the beginning of 2012.
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

X 2012

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The biometric passports started to be issued on 1 June 2012. 
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • EU-Armenia Readmission Agreement is under negotiation, 3rd round of negotiations took plance on 28 June 2012.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The 2001 Additional Protocol to the CoE Convention on data protection entered into force on 1st September, 2012.  
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The Presidential decree on implementation of the adopted law on “Arriving at the Country, Leaving for the Country and Using  Passports ” was issued on June 12, 2012.
  • New generation (biometric) passport and ID cards are expected to be issued in Azerbaijan at the beginning beginning 2014.
2.1.Border management
  • A bilateral workshop for border delegates from Georgia and Azerbaijan, aimed at straightening bilateral cooperation  was organized by South Caucasus Integrated Border Management (SCIBM) (29-31 August 2012)
2.2.Migration management
  • The second round of negotiations on Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements between the EU and Azerbaijan was held on 31st May-1 June 2012.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The National Action Plan on Open Government and National Action Plan on Combatting Corruption (2012-2015) were adopted by presidential decree (5 September 2012)
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The country is equipped to start issuing biometric passports as of 2012 and pilot biometric passports have already been issued.
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The law "On narcotics and psychotropic materials" was adopted on 29 July 2012.

 

3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The 2012 Order nr 333  of the President of Belarus gives a possibility to deny issuance of new passports to persons put on the black list (ban on leaving the Republic of Belarus).
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • Amendments to the law "On Refugees and Humanitarian Status (May and June 2012)
  • The State Commission on  Migration drafted a National Migration Management Strategy and submitted to the government in August 2012. The draft of the strategy was presented to the public on 2 August 2012.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The law “On legal status of Foreigners and Stateless persons”(2006) was amended on 25 May 2012 (including changes in the title of the law)
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • By 22 June 2012 in circulation were 2,436,470 passports, out of which 351,030 were biometric passports (14,4%).
  • The public procurement tender  took place on 27 January 2012, the decision was taken on  6 July 2012 that the winner of the tender is the Gemalto SA company, which will supply the state enterprise “Registru” with blanks with integrated chip.
2.1.Border management
  • Law "On Border Police" (adopted on 28 December 2011, published on 20 April 2012) entered into force on 1 July 2012.
  • The law "On State Border" (adopted on 4 November 2011) entered into force in 2012.
  • The draft project of amending and completion of the laws was sent on 19 June 2012 to authorities for being commented.
  • The Government Decision on Border Police adopted on 19 June 2012 established the Department of Documents Expertise.
  • A new cooperation plan with FRONTEX for 2012-2014 has been signed recently.
2.2.Migration management
  • The law "On Integration of Foreigners" was approved by the Government on 9 November 2011, adopted by the parliament on 27 December 2011, published on 13 March 2012, entered into force on 1 July 2012.
  • The final version of the Extended Migration Profile will be published in autumn 2012.
  • In the period of January-June 2012 there were examined 68 demands of readmission.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The Action Plan for fighting THB for 2012-2013 was adopted on 4 July 2012.
  • The  National Anti-corruption Centre passed under the control of the Parliament beginning with on October 2012, which will ensure the Centre's independence.
  • The Agreement with EMCDDA was signed on 17 July 2012.
  • The ratification instruments of the the Council of Europe Convention (Lanzarote Convention) were deposited with the Council of Europe on 12 March 2012 and the Convention entered into force on 1 July 2012.
  • The National Coordination Council on combating and prevention of organized crime was created on 4 May 2012.
  • The Parliament has elected the members of the National Integrity Commission on 22 June 2012.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The National Public Key Directory was created and certified by the Security and Information Service of Moldova on 21 May 2012.
  • The law "Amending and supplementing some legislative acts" (adopted on 21 October 2011) entered into force in July 2012.
  •  Two field visits of the Eurojust in order to evaluate the current degree of data protection in Moldova in May 2012 (the Republic of Moldova presented additional information to Eurojust on data protection in February 2012).
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The law no. 187 amending some legislative acts (approved 11 July 2012, published 7 September 2012, enters into force 7 March 2013) aligns the process of issuance IDs with EU standards.
  • Until July 2012, 226 employees have attended anti-corruption trainings.
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The law No 121 "On Ensuring Equal Opportunities" was adopted in  May 2012 and will enter into force on 1 January 2013. The law creates a comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation.

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted of the law  "On the Uniform national Register and ID documents" providing legal framework for issuance of biometric documents on 2 October 2012. The draft law awaits Presidential approval.
2.1.Border management
  • During Euro 2012 championship several instruments to streamline the border control were implemented.
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
  • The Action Plan for Integration of Asylum Seekers in Ukrainian society till 2020 adopted (22 August 2012).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The law "On Amendments to the law "On Protection of Personal Data" was adopted byt he Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 2 October 2012.
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The law "On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine “On registration of residence and the place of being of individuals in Ukraine" was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 5 July 2012.
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The law "On Principles of Preventing Discrimination in Ukraine" was adopted by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraineon 6 September 2012 .
  • Ministry of Culture of Ukraine presented a draft Security Strategies and Integration of Roma in Ukraine in 2020 on 5 July 2012.

VIII 2014

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • A working meeting with the aim to discuss the  Concept on Fight against Corruption in the System of Public Administration took place (29 April 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Armenia (20-23 May 2014).

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Head of Azerbaijani State Border Service met Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs (in May 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • A three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) course on International Migration Law (IML) was organized by the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan (13-15 May 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • The training was organized for employees of Baku city Detention Centre for Illegal Migrants and Asylum Seekers by Representative of UNHCR in Azerbaijan on (17-18 April 2014).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • The temporary visa-free regime was introduced for the time of Ice Hockey World Championship (May 2014).
  • Officers of the citizenship and migration units of the Belarusian Interior Ministry were stationed at the Belarusian border checkpoints for the period of Ice Hockey World Championship (May 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • Readmission agreement with Turkey entered into force (June 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The CoE Convention on action against trafficking in human beings entered into force (March 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • The SAID system for migration management is now being tested and improved. Its launch is planned on 1 September 2014.
  • Amendments to the law “On rules of issuance of registration,  personal identification cards and residents permits of foreigners living in Georgia and passports for Georgian citizens (29 May 2014).
  • Implementation Protocols to the EU-Georgia Readmission Agreement: signed with: Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg; negotiated with: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, and Portugal. Initiated negotiations with Cyprus, France, German, Greece Italy, Spain, and Sweden, Denmark.
2.3.Asylum policy
  • The President issued a decree “On rules regulating issuance of an asylum to foreigners in Georgia” (10 June 2014).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The Personal Data Protection Inspector prepared a package of amendments to the law “On the Personal Data Protection”.
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Beginning with 1 August 2014, Moldovan authorities will start to issue a new type of biometric passports which have an integrated chip.
  • Employees of “Registru” (company issuing the passports and other breeder documents) have participated in a training on implementation of the international standard ISO 9001:2008 (May 2014).
2.1.Border management
  • The Border Police adopted a Program on Strategic Development for 2014-2016.
  • Within the Strategic Development Program of the Border Police 2014-the additional infrastructure elements such as facial recognition, mobile patrolling and others will be developed.
2.2.Migration management
  • One round of negotiations on the Readmission Agreement projects between Moldova and Russian Federation and Moldova and Armenia took place (June 2014).
  • The Bureau for Migration and Asylum published the first report for 2013 of the Extended Migration Profile.
2.3.Asylum policy
  • In the period of January-June 2014, there were 369 persons who have the status of refugee, while 79 persons were pending a decision from the authorities.
  • The EU funds will be directed to consolidation of the asylum area and improving the mechanisms of integration and therefore a better infrastructure.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • A draft law aimed at improving of the legislation on combating money laundering and terrorism was submitted by the Ministry of Justice and the National Anticorruption Centre to the government (July 2014).
  • In order to prevent trafficking in human beings, the EUBAM office in Moldova held in 2014 a training for Border Police.
  • An advocacy campaign “EU (me) – for education through integrity” was launched by National Anticorruption Centre in partnership with main universities from Moldova in 2014.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • Eurojust and the Republic of Moldova signed a cooperation agreement (10 July 2014).
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • A second in history LGBT parade took place in the capital of Moldova (17 May 2014).

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Proposal to amend the USRD law, making fingerprints an obligatory biometric feature, was adopted in the parliament in the first reading (19 June 2014).
  • Cabinet of Ministers approved resolutions regulating issuance of travel documents (7 May 2014).
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
  • The resolution № 121 "On approval of medical assistance to foreigners, stateless persons temporarily residing in the territory of Ukraine and to individuals who are recognized as refugees or persons in need of complementary protection" adopted (19 March 2014).
  • The required by the EC amendments to the asylum law in the scope of complementary and temporary protection adopted by Ukrainian parliament (13 May 2014)
  • Due to Russian occupation of Crimea and anti-terrorist operation in Donbas region in 2014, number of legal acts were adopted to regulate situation of IDPs.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The law "On amendments to some legislative acts as regards the recommendations of the European Commission in the sphere of state anti-corruption policy” adopted (15 May 2014).
  • The law “On amendments to article 39 of the Law of Ukraine “On State Procurement” was adopted (6 May 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The law “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on activities of the Ukrainian Parliament’ Commissioner for Human Rights in the sphere of Personal Data Protection” (№ 4551) was adopted (13 May 2014).
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases issued an interpretation confirming that sexual orientation is implicitly considered a prohibited ground of discrimination in the existing legislation (7 May 2014).

II 2013

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Several anti-corruption trainings are carried out by the EU Advisory Group with the UNDP.
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • A National Strategy and Action Plan for Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 2013-2015 were developed by Financial Monitoring Center (FMC) and aim at fulfilling 40 FATF recommendations - adopted in late 2012.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Publication of findings of GRECO’s Third Round Compliance Report acknowledging progress in implementation of recommendations (8 January 2013)
  • Signing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Azerbaijan’s and Moldova’s financial intelligence units (14 December 2012, at MONEYVAL session in Strasbourg)
  • The Additional Protocol to the CoE Criminal Law Convention on Corruption was signed (8 October 2012)
  • Trainings for public and private employees on cooperation with Financial Monitoring Service (October-November 2012)
  • Launch of Financial Monitoring Service’s e-Learning portal (23 October 2012)
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The use of force to suppress of a wave of moderate protest actions in January 2013 in Baku and Ismailli represents a setback on the human rights front and reflects noncompliance with the commitments taken towards the EU and in the framework of the Council of Europe and OSCE.

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Special State Border Committee was created under the aegis of the Council of Ministers to coordinate the activity of the state border policy commissions (December 2012).
  • A project aimed at creation of an electronic system of pre-arrival information exchange between the customs authorities of Belarus and Ukraine has been launched under the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management Flagship Initiative.
2.2.Migration management
  • Draft law "On introduction of additional provisions and changes to some laws of the Republic of Belarus on questions related to legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Republic of Belarus" considered by the parliament (first reading), introduced by the government on 29 November 2012.
  • The Protocol on Intentions of Cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs, international organisations and non-government organisations for refugees was signed (24 January 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • Readmission agreement with the European Union is properly implemented. Approval rate of readmission applications are above 90% (data from 19 November  2012, Georgian  MIA)
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The Anti-Corruption Council launched the revision process of the existing Action Plan and began work on new document covering 2014-2016 (January 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • On 1 January 2013 were in circulation 2.514.335 passports, out of which 487.745 (19.3%) were biometric.
  • A new type of ID is to be issued since March 2013, fully compliant with EU/ICAO standards.
  • In 2012 33349 Moldovan passports were reported  as stolen/lost of which 1676 were withdrawn.
  •  The border crossing points are connected to the Interpol database.
  • The Document Expertise Division of the Border Police Department has received through MFAEI specimens of EU travel documents (62 pieces) (during 2012).
2.1.Border management
  • By the end of January 2013 some 40 legislative acts were amended in line with the new law on state border and EU visa code.
  • The head of Border Police signed an agreement with the Railway of Moldova and National Agency Transport Auto  in order to improve functioning of transport in the field of implementation of the National Strategy on Integrated Border Management.
  • The New Coordinating Center created for the implementation of the Border Control System established in January 2013.
  • The meeting of the heads of Border Police of Moldova and Border Guard Service of Ukraine aimed at setting the agenda for 2013’s cooperation (19 December 2012).
  • In 2012, the Border Police have trained 1973 employees in different areas of border policing, almost half of them being trained by the international experts.
  • Agreement between Border Police and Centre for Combating Human Trafficking (2 January 2013) and number of meetings between Border Police and Bureau of Migration and Asylum and Customs in order to improve inter-agency cooperation.
  • The mandate of EUBAM was for the first time extended for 4 years, until 2016 .
2.2.Migration management
  • A special Unit on Integration and Accommodation of Foreigners and Refugees was established within the Bureau for Migration and Asylum.
  • Moldova signed/negotiates 25 additional protocols on the implementation of the readmission agreements with the EU members.
  • On 1 November 2012 Moldova signed a readmission agreement with Turkey. As well started the negotiations with Azerbaijan.
  • A specialized unit responsible for updating and production of the Extended Migration Profile has been created within the BMA.
2.3.Asylum policy
  • The Order no. 130 of the Head of the Border Police Department on approval of the Practical Handbook of the Border Police Officers describing the asylum-related procedures was signed on 16 November 2012,.
  • Government Decision no. 1023 “On the approval of the Regulation of the Accommodation Center”, implementing law “On Asylum” was approved on 28 December 2012.
  • A National procedure to receive applications for stateless status has been established in 2012 together with the Unit for Stateless Persons and Information within BMA.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The law “On Police activity and status” was approved by the Parliament on 27 December 2012 and will enter into force on 5 March 2013.
  • A number of steps (legal decisions and amendments) have been taken between October 2012 and January 2013 in order to improve functioning of National Anticorruption Center.
  • A new Strategy on preventing and combating money laundering and financing of terrorism for 2013 – 2017 and Action Plan for its implementation were submitted to the Parliament for approval.
  • The December 2012 report of the Council of Europe's MoneyVal Committee acknowledged the steady progress of Moldova.
  • An interdepartmental working group was created to develop legislative and regulatory framework necessary to create and manage the database and DNA laboratory (29 November 2012).
  • For the implementation of two remaining GRECO Recommendations on financing of political parties and election campaigns a draft law was drafted and the CoE expertise was requested.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • The Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters was ratified by the Parliament (26 December 2012).
  • Moldova has signed the Agreement with  Europol on liaison officers and submitted it to Europol for signature on 6 February 2013.
3.3 Data protection
  • In 2012, the National Centre for Personal Data Protection conducted some 80 controls related to data protection.
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  •  Declaration under Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was approved by the Parliament on 26 December 2012.
  • Council on Prevention and Combating Discrimination and Ensuring Equality is currently being created

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The law “On the Unified State Register of Demographics and Documents Confirming the Citizenship of Ukraine, Proving Identity or Special Status” entered into force on 6 December 2012.
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The draft law “On introduction of changes to the Criminal Code and Code of criminal procedure of Ukraine regarding improvement of confiscation procedures” was registered in Parliament on 17 December 2012.
  • The draft law “On introduction of changes to certain legal acts of Ukraine as for improvement of legislation in the sphere of preventing and combating corruption” is under consideration of the Parliament (registered: 17 January 2013).
  • The draft law “On introduction of changes to certain legal acts of Ukraine regarding introduction of criminal and legal measures as regards to legal entities” is under consideration of the Parliament (registered: 17 January 2013).
  • The presidential decree (No. 598) introduces additional changes to the provisions on National Anti-Corruption Committee (NAC) to enhance the independence of the Committee (12 October 2012).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The draft law “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning improvement of the institutional system of protection of personal data” was submitted to Parliament (11 February 2013).
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The draft  law “On Amending the Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Preventing and Combating Discrimination in Ukraine” was submitted to Parliament (19 February 2013).
  • The resolution № 61 “On issues of conducting of anti-discrimination expertise and public examination of anti-discrimination legal acts” adopted by the Government (30 January 2013).

XI 2014

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Bavra, Bagratashen and Gogavan Border Crossing Points are going to be modernized by 2015.
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
  • Swedish Migration Board and Polish Ministry of Interior implemented in 2014 a project “Support to the State Migration Service for strengthening of migration management in Armenia”.
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The National Security Council (NSC) of Armenia approved the project of “National Strategy in the Fight Against Drug Addiction and Illegal Drug Trafficking in the Republic of Armenia” (12 November 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Decree № 433 setting up border territories regime within the administrative-territorial units adjacent to Russia was signed (4 September 2014).
  • Pedestrian border crossing at the Belarus-EU borders has been closed due to the insufficient border infrastructure (1 October 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • The presidential decree "On the stay of Ukrainian citizens in the Republic of Belarus" was adopted (30 August 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Law "On measures against money laundering, terrorism financing and spread of weapons of mass destruction financing" was adopted (30 June 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Anti-corruption training held in Tbilisi with IOM’s support (23-24 September 2014).
  • Lost and stolen passports database has been integrated into the MOIA information system and is accessible from border checkpoints (3 October 2014).
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • Department of Migration was created within the MOIA, reponsible for monitoring of migration stock and flows (August 2014).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • A Temporary Accommodation Center of the Migration Department in Tbilisi was opened (8 October 2014).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The IOM donated technical equipment to the Counter-Trafficking Task Force (2 September 2014).
  • Georgian prosecutors participated in a training dedicated to enhancing their capacities in prosecution of trafficking in human beings (17-19 September 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The National Anticorruption Centre opened a criminal case against the head of the regional Department of Documentation of Population of Comrat for abuse of power.
2.1.Border management
  • The draft of the new Integrated Border Management Strategy and its Action Plan for 2014-2017 was discussed at the National Council for Integrated Management of State Border meeting (6 August 2014).
2.2.Migration management
  • “MOLSTO” project was launched in 2014 by the Border Police in cooperation with the Swedish partner.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The new Action Plan for fighting Trafficking in Human Beings in 2014-2016 was adopted.
  • The set of amendments to the Regulation on banks' activity in preventing and fighting money laundering and terrorist financing was approved by the National Bank of Moldova in 2014.
  • The integrity testing of public officials started (14 August 2014).
  • GRECO initiated the Fourth Round of Evaluation of Moldova in 2014.
  • A delegation of EMCDDA visited Moldova (7-9 October 2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • The EUBAM conducted a seminar for all officers of the Border Police dealing with the personal data protection (10 October 2014).
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • The Bureau for Migration and Asylum in cooperation with OSCE (ODIHR) organized a training for public authorities and civil society organisations dealing with reintegration of foreigners (2014).
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • European Commission against Racism and Intolerance of the Council of Europe (ECRI) held a roundtable to discuss the implementation of antidiscrimination recommendations contained report for Moldova in 2013 (30 September 2014).

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • The bill amending the USRD (Unified State Register of Demographics and Documents Confirming the Citizenship of Ukraine, Proving Identity or Special Status)law, making fingerprints an obligatory biometric feature, was adopted by the parliament (22 July 2014).
  • Two resolutions were adopted (№ 486 and № 487) “On approval of specimen and technical description of official passports of Ukraine” and “On approval (...) of diplomatic passports of Ukraine” (23 September 2014).
  • A decree № 780 “On action plan for the introduction of documents confirming  the citizenship of Ukraine, identity of persons or their special status'(...) for 2014-2017” was adopted (20 August 2014).
2.1.Border management
  • From June to September 2014, the MFA and the State Border Guard Service elaborated regulations for management of Ukrainian-Russian border in current conflict situation.
  • An agreement on border demarcation was signed between Belarus and Ukraine (30 July 2014).
  • Ukrainian-Romanian agreement on local border traffic (№ 655) was signed (2 October 2014).
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The Parliament adopted a number of legal acts aimed at corruption fighting (14 October 2014).
  • National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine was created (14 October 2014).
  • National Commission for the Prevention of Corruption was created (14 October 2014).
  • National Council on Anti-Corruption Policy was created by the President (2014).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

VI 2013

Armenia

Armenia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • EU-Armenia Readmission Agreement signed on 19 April 2013.
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Management Plan for 2013 of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) (includes negotiations on anti-fraud provisions).
  • The anti-trafficking activities are coordinated by the Council on Trafficking Issues, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister.
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Working Agreement with FRONTEX signed on 16 April 2013.
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation

 

  • Mutual legal assistance with India established in April 2013.

 

3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • Registration became obligatory for all foreigners within 3 days (earlier 30 days) after entering Azerbaijan since 1 April 2013 due to a presidential decree of 5 March 2013, which copies Russian policy (registration required within seven days).
  • The second ASAN (“Easy”) Service Center was launched on 15 May 2013 to provide a central location for services from nine government agencies.
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • Azerbaijani MFA requested to reduce the role of OSCE Office in Baku (March 2013).
  • A number of steps were taken in 2013 against the European Charter of Human Rights.
  • In May 2013 defamation on the Internet was criminalized by the Parliament, in contrary to international standards.

Belarus

Belarus
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Belarusian-Latvian agreement on the state border regime signed (April 2013).
  • Belarus and Ukraine exchanged the instruments of ratification of the bilateral border agreement dated 12 May 1997 (June 2013).
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Ethical codes for Border Police established (17 May 2013).
2.2.Migration management
  • The National Migration Management Strategy (NMMS) adopted by the government  (15 March 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The CoE Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (# 198) signed (25 March 2013)
  • TheNational Action Plan (2013-2014) to fight THB in place since (15 March 2013).
  • A Working Group was established in the Interagency Coordination Council on Fighting against Trafficking to revise the legal framework on trafficking and to improve identified gaps in Georgian legislation (April 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • 2nd Additional Protocol (2001) to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters has been signed on 25 March 2013.
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Moldova

Moldova
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Old-type Soviet passports still in circulation remain a problem and a topic in political dispute in spring 2013.
  • A new type of IDs, fully compliant with EU/ICAO standards, issued since 8 March 2013.
2.1.Border management
  • Border Police received a donation from the US Government (April 2013).
  • FRONTEX National Point of Contact established to coordinate implementation of the cooperation plan for 2012-2014.
2.2.Migration management
  • The decision to apply additional measures in monitoring the migration flows in the Transnistrian perimeter, including 6 additional migration points, was taken in April 2013.
2.3.Asylum policy
  • UNHCR organised two seminars on refugees protection and border management (April 2013).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Parliament decided to move National Anti-Corruption Centre from the supervision of parliament to the government ( 3 May 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
  • Exchange of ratification documents on the Ukraine-Belarus border agreement (June 2013).
  • 95% of Ukrainian-Moldovan state border was demarcated.
2.2.Migration management
  • The project "Strengthening Migration Management and cooperation on readmission with Eastern Europe (MIGRECO)” was launched (in May 2013).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Several laws amended to fulfil GRECO recommendations (law “On Amending Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine in compliance with the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption”) (May 2013).
  • The law “On introduction of changes to certain legal acts of Ukraine (regarding the implementation of the EU Visa Liberalisation Action Plan for Ukraine as regards the introduction of criminal and legal liability to legal entities” adopted by the Parliament in order to improve state’s anti-corruption and anti-money laundering efforts (23 May 2013).
  • Ratification of the “Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime” (3 March 2013).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
  • Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner on Human Rights took up responsibilities in the sphere of data protection legislation in order to replace State Service on Data Protection (22 May 2013).
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • The draft law “On Amending the Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Preventing and Combating Discrimination in Ukraine” suspended in Parliament (14 May 2013), expected to be adopted during next parliamentary session (starting: September 2013)..
  • Ukraine presents list of amendments to be adopted in order to pursue international standards in fighting discrimination.

V 2015

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • The Parliament adopted in the first and second reading amendments to state’s visa policy (1 May 2015).
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • Georgian delegation and  Eurojust’ External Relations Team met to prepare launch of negotiations of the cooperation agreement (25 March 2015).
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • Georgia joined the campaign of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), which is carried out to solve the problem of statelessness (28 April 2015).
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
2.3.Asylum policy
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Forming of a joint working group with OLAF has started (mid-2015).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities

XII 2015

Georgia

Georgia
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
2.1.Border management
2.2.Migration management
  • A Migration Risk Analysis System launched (September 2015).
  • A report “The State of Migration in Georgia” published (June 2015).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • Several governmental and ministerial orders issued to regulate in details issues related to asylum (autumn 2015).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • The Criminal Code amended in order to allow for non-prosecution of people, who cooperated with the police in trafficking-related cases (2015).
  • Law “On Civil Service” adopted (28 October 2015).
  • Law amending the law “On Conflicts of Interests and Corruption in Public Service” adopted (28 October 2015).
  • Amended law “On State Procurement” entered into force (1 November 2015).
  • Amendments to the Criminal Code distinguished criminal liability for possession and distribution of illegal drugs (31 July 2015).
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs’ order introduced stricter rules for performing random drug tests (30 September 2015).
  • Labour Conditions Inspection Department established within the Ministry of Labour, Health, and Social Affairs (2015).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • New Strategy for Civic Equality and Integration adopted together with the Action Plan for 2015-2020 (17 August 2015).

Ukraine

Ukraine
1.1.Documents security, including biometrics
  • Biometric ID’s to be issued (1 January 2016).
2.1.Border management
  • New law "On Border Control" adopted (7 November 2015).
  • A new Integrated Border Management Strategy for 2016-2020 to enter into force (1 January 2016).
  • A Development Strategy of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine adopted by the government (23 November 2015).
  • As of November 2015, 39 BCPs were connected to Interpol databases while further 118 will receive an access in 2016.
2.2.Migration management
  • Law “On External Labour Migration” was adopted by the parliament (5 November 2015).
2.3.Asylum policy
  • A draft law “On amendments to the Law on Foreigners” adopted in first reading (10 November 2015).
  • Law “On ensuring of rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons” adopted (3 November 2015).
  • Resolution “Refugees and persons in need of additional or temporary protection" adopted by the parliament (5 November 2015).
3.1.Preventing and fighting organised crime, terrorism and corruption
  • Law "On State Bureau of Investigation” adopted (12 November 2015).
  • Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office established by the Order of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (22 September 2015).
  • Law “On National Agency for the detection, investigation and management of assets received from corruption and other crimes” adopted (10 November 2015).
  • Resolution “On approval of the national risk assessment in prevention and counteraction to legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime and terrorism financing and the publication of its results” adopted (16 September 2015).
  • A specialised unit to coordinate investigations into money laundering and terrorism financing set up in the Department of Supervision in Criminal Proceedings of the Prosecutor General (2 September 2015).
3.2.Judicial and law enforcement co-operation
  • Law “On the National Police” adopted (2 July 2015).
  • Law ratifying the Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine and Europol on establishing a secure communication channel adopted (4 June 2015).
  • A decision to launch negotiations on signing the Agreement on Operational Cooperation made by the Management Board of Europol (7 October 2015).
3.3 Data protection
4.1 Freedom of movement
  • Law “On ensuring of rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons” adopted (3 November 2015).
4.2 Citizens’ rights including protection of minorities
  • Amendments to the Labour Code adopted (12 November 2015).