GEORGIA BACKGROUND CHECK

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(Adopted on March. 15, 2001)

The following measures shall be undertaken prior to the full-scale implementation of the National Anti-corruption Program:

The Minister of Tax Revenue of Georgia, M. Machavariani, shall:

(a)By May 1, 2001 carry out all necessary measures to ensure by June 1, 2001 the setting up of a Civil Monitoring System over the custom bodies, including custom stations.

(b)By June 1, 2001 submit a program for setting up of a modern system of revenue declaration by private persons and of income tax collection; the program shall provide for gradual implementation of the system beginning on January 1, 2002.

(c)By May 1, 2001 present a plan of measures, aimed at bringing order in fulfillment of duty embodied in article 37 of the Tax Code on private persons who – beginning from 1998 – spent more then 25. 000 lair during one income year, and were obliged to present a declaration of income to the tax inspection. In this case, particular attention shall be paid to individuals, who during this period have built or purchased houses or other capital buildings or are carrying out this kind of construction; also to purchased cars manufactured since January 1, 1998, the cost of which exceeds 10.000 lairs. Along with other information, the declarations shall contain the cost of obtained property, sources of money paid and income taxes actually paid. Certain responsibility measures and mechanisms to be applied towards the owners who do not submit the requested information or avoid paying of the income tax shall be elaborated.

2. The Minister of Urbanization and Construction of Georgia, M. Chancel, shall: By June 1, 2001 submit complete computerized information on permissions issued since January 1, 1997 for starting up constructions on the territory of Georgia; information shall include address, area, project cost, name and address of the owner; information on constructions without permission or such that are carried out in violation of the project parameters. Mayors of cities and regional governors shall provide the Minister of Urbanization and Construction with all requested information, complete and in good time.

3. The Minister of Justice of Georgia, M. Saakashvili, shall:

(a)By June 1, 2001 submit a draft law on “Amendments to the Criminal Code of Georgia”, outlining first place anti-corruption measures which shall reflect both international obligations of Georgia as well as experience of leading countries in this field.

(b)By May 1, 2001 submit a precise list of all state agencies, which according to Georgian legislature are empowered to conduct functions of control over enterprises (supervision, inspection, checking and etc.), including a precise list of these functions and their procedures.

(c)By April 1, 2001 submit a draft law on “State Control over Enterprises”, which shall stipulate basic principles and mechanisms of state control over enterprises as well as guarantees for the protection of entrepreneurs’ rights.

(d)By 1 May, 2001 submit a report on the state of affairs in registration of normative acts, and a plan of measures necessary for the establishment of order in this field.

4. The Minister of Finance of Georgia, Z. Negatively, shall by June 1, 2001 submit a draft Presidential Decree on “Financial Offices of State Agencies”.

5. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, I. Menagarishvili, shall:

By April 1, 2001 submit a list of measures, the importance of the fulfillment of which derives from international obligations of Georgia in the field of anti-corruption.

By April 30, 2001, submit a list of anti-corruption recommendations drawn up at the plenary meeting of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO, Council of Europe).

6. By May 1, 2001, the Minister of Education of Georgia, A. Kurtosis, shall present proposals concerning principal measures of a long-term program of anti-criminal and anti-corruption education in the school system.

7. By April 15, 2001 the Minister of Interior of Georgia, K. Targamadze, shall submit a list of measures to be carried out for implementation of the following, beginning from June 1, 2001:

Elimination of permanent traffic police posts on the highways of Georgia, except of places of dislocation, approved by the National Security Council of Georgia. Control over the observance of traffic rules on the territory of Georgia shall be carried out through a patrolling mobile police traffic service; stopping of vehicles shall be eliminated, except in cases of violation of traffic rules or existence of a reasonable doubt of a committed crime.

Administrative measures against policemen for stopping of drivers without cause and requiring them to produce any kind of papers or information concerning transported load shall be established.

A ‘Bureau for the Submission of Comments and Suggestions by Drivers on the Disposition of Traffic Signs’ shall be set up. Once per month, the ‘Bureau’ shall instigate public discussion of the received comments and suggestions and ensure effective implementation of the shared ones.

8. The Head of the State Office of Government Logistics of Georgia, I. Andrade, shall by April 15, 2001:

Submit a proposal concerning the transparency of the work of the State Office of Government Logistics and shall establish mechanisms for civil control over its activities.

Submit proposals on improvement of rules of attribution of an office car to a public official, taking into consideration that in the future, an entire system of allocation of the same type and quality of cars to officials of the same rank shall be conducted under uniform rules. Furthermore, the system of assortment of special license numbers to the above-mentioned cars shall be reviewed.

9. By April 15, 2001 the heads of central, regional and local bodies of the executive branch of Georgia shall undertake proper measures for advertising in all state institutions:

The statute of their institution;

A full list of the institution’s employees, indicating their posts and phone numbers;

Days and hours of citizens’ reception by chief officials of the institution, the exact procedures to be followed for signing up and names of persons responsible for keeping the list;

Terms and conditions of consideration of citizen complaints and applications;

The names and phone numbers of employees responsible for giving out public information.

10. By April 15, 2001 all state agencies and legal persons established with the property participation of the state, shall publish detailed information on their expenses throughout year 2000.

Heads of Ministries and State Departments of Georgia, as well as local government officials shall by May 1, 2001 submit to the State Minister detailed reports on the situation as regards the issuance of entrepreneurship licenses and permissions by subordinate bodies. Particularly:

(a)Give details on the full normative base for the issuance of licenses and permissions.

(b)Number the licenses and permissions issued for specific activities in 2000 and the amount of revenue from this activity.

(c)Provide a list of enterprises involved in the system of issuance of licenses and permissions, pointing out specific reasons and criteria for their selection.

The Chair of the Public Officials’ Finance and Property Declaration Bureau, N. Ovsianikova, shall by May 1, 2001 submit proposals on the improvement of mechanisms for the examination of accuracy of public official’s Finance and Property Declaration data, and on increasing the responsibility in cases of provision of false data.

The Heads of those agencies which are responsible for the financial and technical control over enterprises shall carry out activities necessary to ensure that as of April 1, 2001 representatives of these agencies take up the inspection of institutions and organizations only after presenting of a precise written listing of mutual rights and responsibilities of all parties throughout the inspection; this evidence shall be presented to persons in charge of the relevant institution or organization.

In order to involve wide sectors of the population in the process of preparation and actual implementation of suggestions listed in the present decree, officials referred to by the present decree shall hold press conferences on which they will account to the public on the work rendered.

In order to ensure the publicity of the activities defined by the present decree, and conducting civil control over their fulfillment, official agencies of the executive power shall help the activities of the public monitoring groups established by initiative of the community.

By April 15, 2001 officials referred to by the present decree shall inform the State Minister in writing on activities undertaken or being undertaken towards the implementation of the present decree.

By May 1, 2001 the State Minister shall submit to the President of Georgia a list of names of officials who carry out their obligations under the present decree improperly.

(Adopted on: February 15, 2000)

Article 221. Commercial Bribe

1. Illegal transference of money, securities or other property or property service illegally rendered to a person exercising managing, representative or other special authority in an enterprise, or any other organization, so that such person use his/her official position in favor of the briber’s interests, shall be punishable by fine or by restriction of freedom for up to a two-year term or by imprisonment for the term not excess of three years, by deprivation of the right to occupy a position or pursue a particular activity for the term not in excess of three years in length or without it.

2. The same action, committed:

a) By a group;

b) Repeatedly,

shall be punishable by fine or by restriction of freedom for up to a four months term or by jail time from two to six months in length or by imprisonment for the term not excess of four months, by deprivation of the right to occupy a position or pursue a particular activity for the term not in excess of three years in length.

3. Illegally accepting money, securities, or any other property or illegally enjoying property service by a person exercising managing, representative or other special authority in an enterprise or any other organization so that such person use his/her official position in favor of a briber’s interests, shall be punishable by fine or by restriction of freedom for up to a three-year term or by imprisonment for the term not in excess of five years, by deprivation of the right to occupy a position or pursue a particular activity for the term not in excess of three years in length.

4. The action referred to in Paragraph 3 of this Article, perpetrated:

a) By a group;

b) Through extortion,-

Shall be punishable by fine or by imprisonment for up to five years in length, by deprivation of the right to occupy a position or pursue a particular activity for the term not in excess of three years in length.

Note: The perpetrator of the actions referred to in Paragraph 1 or 2 of this Article shall be released from criminal liability if he/she was extorted of his/her property or he/she voluntarily informed a government authority thereon.

Article 338. Accepting Bribes

1. Accepting bribes by an officer or a person equal thereto, in the form of money, securities, property or any other material benefit, for performing or not performing this or that action in favor of the bribe-giver that the officer or the person equal thereto must have or could have performed by using his/her official position, or his/her official authority could have promoted such action, as well as exercising official patronage by him/her, shall be punishable by prison sentences ranging from five to ten years in length.

2. Accepting bribes:

a) By a political official;

b) In large quantities;

c) By a prior consent of a group,-

Shall be punishable by prison sentences ranging from six to twelve years in length.

3. The action referred to in Paragraph 1 or 2 of this article, committed:

a) By a person previously convicted of bribery;

b) Repeatedly;

c) Through extortion;

d) By an organized group;

e) In especially large quantities,-

Shall carry legal consequences of imprisonment ranging from eight to fifteen years in length.

Note: Bribe in large quantities shall be the amount exceeding ten thousand lairs in the form of money, securities, other property or material benefit, and the amount in excess of thirty thousand lairs shall be construed as bribe in especially large quantities.

Article 339. Bribe Giving

1. Giving bribes to an official or a person equal thereto, shall be punishable by fine or by corrective labor up to two years in length or by restriction of freedom up to a similar term or by jail time not in excess of three months or by imprisonment for up to two years in length.

2. Giving bribes to an official or a person equal thereto for committing an illegal action shall be punishable by fine or by imprisonment for up to eight years in length.

Note: A briber shall be released from criminal liability if he/she was extorted of bribe or if he/she voluntary informed a prosecuting body on the bribe-giving.

Article 340. Accepting Illegal Presents

1. Accepting an illegal present by an official or a person equal thereto, shall be punishable by fine or by socially useful labor from one hundred to three hundred hours or by deprivation of the right to occupy a position or pursue a particular activity for the term not in excess of three years.

2. The same action committed repeatedly, shall be punishable by fine or by socially useful labor from two hundred to four hundred hours or by deprivation of the right to occupy a position or pursue a particular activity for the term not in excess of three years.

Police Background Check Procedures

Who can apply?

• A person can apply for his/her crime record certificate.
• Also, a certificate may be issued to an agent based on a power of attorney.

Where?

• A person can apply to any territorial unit of the LEPL-Service Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (hereinafter: MIA Service Agency) for
a crime record certificate within the territory of Georgia.

What must the applicant supply?

In order to apply for a crime record certificate an applicant shall supply the following documentation to the MIA Service Agency:
• an application concerning the receipt of crime record certificate;
• a copy of his/her identity card.
In case of applying for a certificate by an agent, he/she shall additionally supply:
• a copy of a principle ́s identity card; and a power of attorney or its certified copy by the notary.
In case of requesting accelerated service to receive a certificate, an applicant shall additionally supply a document confirming the payment of the amount determined by the law for the accelerated service.

What are the costs / turnaround times?

A crime record certificate shall be issued free of charge within 5 days upon supplying an application,
and is valid for the following 15 days.
In case of fast-track service, the Georgian legislation envisages the following fees:
a) 20 GEL to issue a certificate within 2 working days;
b) 40 GEL to issue a certificate within 1 working day;
c) 80 GEL to issue a certificate within 3 working hours.

What language is the document written in, and what is the cost of translation?

A crime record certificate shall be issued in Georgian, the state language. The amount of translating 1 page (or up to 1 page) of the Georgian document subject to legalization or certification by apostille, is 20 GEL.
Can the form be downloaded, and if so what is the download address for local applicants and overseas applicants?
In accordance with the Georgian legislation, a crime record certificate is the form of strict registration and it is granted a certain number, which is registered at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. Therefore, it is impossible to download the form of a crime record certificate.

Contact details

The MIA conducts communication with relevant UK bodies through diplomatic channels:
Embassy of Georgia
4 Russell Gardens W14 8EZ
Tel: 020 7348 1941
Fax: 020 7603 6682
Email: embassy@geoemb.plus.com
Website: www.uk.mfa.gov.ge
Consular Section
Tel: 020 73481942
Email: consular@geoemb.plus.com
What does the certificate look like, and what information does it contain?
The original (Georgian) version of the crime record certificate shall include the indication to the LEPL Service Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, its address, indication to the registration number, date of issuance, the content, and signature of the authorized person. In accordance with the
“Rules on the Registration of Mortgage, on Issuing a Notification concerning the Previous Conviction and Legal Status of a Motor Vehicle by the LEPL Service Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia”, a crime record certificate is a document issued by the MIA Service Agency and it contains the information regarding the previous conviction of a natural person, and whether the person is wanted.

Georgia – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

Illegal income in Georgia derives from tax evasion, falsification of documents, embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, corruption, illegal entrepreneurship, intellectual property rights violations, customs fraud, environmental crimes, and theft. According to the Georgian Ministry of Justice, the bulk of criminal proceeds laundered in Georgia are derived from domestic criminal activity and only a small portion of money laundering is related to narcotics trafficking. Yet there is a market for narcotics based on the number of arrests for drug abuse. South Ossetia and Abkhazia fall outside the control of Government of Georgia authorities and are not subject to monitoring.

According to the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance, there is a small black market for smuggled goods in Georgia. There is little evidence to suggest it is significantly funded from narcotics proceeds, or that the funds generated by smuggling are laundered through the formal financial system. Smuggled goods are sold in black or gray markets to avoid tax and customs duties. The extent of black market trading in the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unknown.

KNOW-YOUR-CUSTOMER (KYC) RULES:

Enhanced due diligence procedures for PEPs:

A PEP is an abbreviation for Politically Exposed Person, a term that describes a person who has been entrusted with a prominent public function, or an individual who is closely related to such a person. The terms PEP, Politically Exposed Person and Senior Foreign Political Figure are often used interchangeably

    • Foreign PEP: YES
    • Domestic PEP: YES

Georgia – KYC covered entities

The following is a list of Know Your Customer entities covered by Georgian Law:

    • Banks
    • Currency exchange bureaus
    • Non-bank depository institutions and microfinance organizations
    • Money remitters
    • Securities brokers and registrars
    • Insurance companies and non-state pension scheme founders
    • Organizers of lotteries and other commercial games
    • Entities engaged in activities related to antiquities, precious metals, precious stones and products thereof
    • Customs authorities
    • Entities engaged in extension of grants and charity assistance
    • Notaries
    • The National Agency of the Public Registry

Georgia – Suspicious Transaction Reporting (STR) Requirements:

Number of STRs received and time frame: 11,616 from January 1 to July 31, 2011

Number of CTRs received and time frame: 65,427 from January 1 to July 31, 2011

The following is a list of STR covered entities covered by Georgian Law:

    • Banks
    • Currency exchange bureaus
    • Non-bank depository institutions and microfinance organizations
    • Money remitters
    • Securities brokers and registrars
    • Insurance companies and non-state pension scheme founders
    • Organizers of lotteries and other commercial games
    • Entities engaged in activities related to antiquities, precious metals, precious stones and products thereof
    • Customs authorities
    • Entities engaged in extension of grants and charity assistance
    • Notaries
    • The National Agency of the Public Registry

MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS/CONVICTIONS:

Prosecutions: 63 from January to July, 2011
Convictions: 54 from January to July, 2011

ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES AND COMMENTS:

In 2011, Georgia achieved better results in detection, investigation and prosecution of money laundering, and training and awareness improved. There are a large number of autonomous money laundering prosecutions and convictions. Georgian law enforcement authorities should put more emphasis on pursuing the link between organized crime and money laundering. For example, investigations into narcotics, extortion, weapons of mass destruction, and smuggling rarely pursue financial components. Georgia recognizes an existing drug problem, yet narcotics trafficking is rarely recognized as a predicate offense for money laundering. In 2010 – 2011 the seizure of bulk currency on the borders increased significantly compared to previous years. Between October 2006 and July 2008 only one individual was interdicted attempting to smuggle currency from Georgia. In 2010 – 2011 there were 14 cases. The currency smuggling cases are not being investigated for possible money laundering.

In 2011, a large number of STRs and CTRs were filed by casinos in Georgia but there were no resulting investigations. Similarly, the reports filed by financial institutions, notaries, broker companies and micro finance organizations generate few inquiries. The data compiled by the Financial Monitoring Service, the financial intelligence unit, remains an untapped tool for discovering money laundering from a variety of predicate offenses. There is a lack of information sharing between concerned government agencies and departments.

Travel Risk

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice. In the event of a crisis situation that requires evacuation, the Government of Canada’s policy is to provide safe transportation to the closest safe location. The Government of Canada will assist you in leaving a country or a region as a last resort, when all means of commercial or personal transportation have been exhausted. This service is provided on a cost-recovery basis. Onward travel is at your personal expense. Situations vary from one location to another, and there may be constraints on government resources that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide assistance, particularly in countries or regions where the potential for violent conflict or political instability is high.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia (see Advisory)

In August 2008, serious fighting broke out in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as in other parts of the country, including Poti, Gori and northwest of Tbilisi. Russia and Georgia have since signed a ceasefire agreement, which has eased tensions in most of the country. However, tensions remain high in both breakaway regions. Unexploded ordnance, landmines and explosions may pose a risk in those parts of Abkhazia and South Ossetia where military operations occurred.

Terrorist attacks have recently been carried out in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Terrorists typically use car bombs to target military and security facilities. Exercise a high level of personal security awareness at all times.

Canadian officials may not be in a position to provide consular assistance to Canadians in these areas, due to security concerns and travel restrictions.

Russian border regions

Avoid entering or leaving the country via the following land borders with Russia: Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia.

Crime and kidnapping

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs. Inadequate lighting in public places increases the likelihood of crime. Do not carry large amounts of cash and do not display signs of affluence. Keep your valuables and passports and other travel documents in a secure place. Muggings, home invasions, carjackings, sexual assaults and other violent crimes against foreigners have been known to occur.

Kidnappings have occurred in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and other areas bordering Russia. You should travel in a group. Do not walk or take the subway alone after dark. Vary your routine and lock doors to cars and residences. Avoid showing signs of affluence and exercise vigilance in crowded places, such as markets and public transportation facilities. Pay careful attention when your credit card is handled by others during payment processing.

Do not visit disreputable bars and neighbourhoods, where local law enforcement may be unable or unwilling to intervene. In one scam that is particularly common in Tbilisi, locals invite tourists to bars for food and drinks, and then force them to pay a steep bill.

Demonstrations

Political demonstrations take place regularly in Georgia, especially in Tbilisi. Demonstrations may cause travel disruption, and can become violent without warning: avoid all gatherings and demonstrations and stay away from areas where they occur. You should also monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Transportation

Traffic accidents are a common cause of injury and death. Drive defensively. Poor road conditions, reduced driving standards, insufficient road markings and inadequate lighting create hazards. Avoid driving after dark.

Use only officially marked taxis and negotiate fares in advance. Do not share rides with strangers.

Exercise caution when travelling over long distances by train at night and alone. Do not leave the compartment unattended. Lock the cabin door from the inside.

See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Mountaineering and hiking

Do not travel alone. Use recognized groups and organizations. Accurate information on mountain conditions can be difficult to obtain, and weather in mountainous areas can be unpredictable.

General safety information

Standards of police practice may differ from those in Canada. The conviction rate is high, regardless of whether or not you are guilty.

Emergency services

Dial 022 for police and 099 for ambulance services.

Address Risk

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Summary

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-09-18 10:10 AM Q2 5.2% 7.1% 3.43%
2014-12-19 09:00 AM Q3 5.6% 5.2% 8.62%
2015-03-20 09:35 AM Q4 1.8% 5.6% 6.3%
2015-06-19 10:40 AM Q1 1.8% 7.15%
2015-09-18 10:10 AM Q2 6.28%
2015-12-19 09:40 AM Q3 6.01%
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