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IV. Governance issues

International obligations

On April 27, 1999, Georgia signed the European Convention on Human Rights and ratified it on May 20, 1999.1 On November 21, 2001, Georgia has signed but has not ratified the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.2 On January 24, 2006, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on Georgia. The group reported that despite some substantial legislative reforms in Georgia, the country had yet "to produce concrete results in most areas."3 PACE recommended that Georgia guarantee judicial independence, eliminate torture in prisons, and ratify the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.4

The EU and Georgia signed the European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan which will guide relations for the next five years.5 The plan calls for action by the Georgian government in the areas of: democracy; energy; trade; rule of law; resolution of international conflicts; and economic and business development. Georgia has expressed interest in joining NATO.6