International Cooperation

Bilateral Cooperation with the Neighbour Countries

1.      The Republic of Turkey

  • July 14, 1997 “Border Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey” (active since March 4, 1999).
  • 1999, 2003-2009 agreements on Military Grants were signed and on their basis the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces continuously supported the MIA Border Police of Georgia in material-logistic fields. (The Turkish partners also contribute to the development of the GBP’s infrastructure and technical maintenance).
  • June 23, 1999 “Protocol between the Armed Forces of the Republic of Turkey and State Border Defence State Department  of Georgia on material and technical provision of the border forces of Georgia”

Besides the above-mentioned, Cooperation Action Plan is annually adopted with the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, thus defying the fields for cooperation (such as bilateral dialogs, joint land and maritime trainings, visits of the Coast Guard patrol boats, as well as delegations, annual meetings of the coast guard commissions) which are alternately (მონაცვლეობით) held on the territory of the both countries. Also the MIA Border Police of Georgia in every two years signs the biennial training plan. The Turkish Training Centers hosts many short-term courses for the GBP personnel.

  • The Georgian Coast guard actively cooperates with the Turkish coast guard and maritime forces to secure the safety in the Black sea.

2.      The Republic of Azerbaijan

  • February 18, 1997, “Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation on Border Issues” (active since December 12, 1997);
  • March 26, 2002, Protocols between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan on “Cooperation on Border Issues”, “Rules of Information Exchange on the Situation at the State Border” and “Cooperation in the Intelligence Field”.


3.      The Republic of Armenia

  • November 29, 2011, “Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the National Security Service at the Government of the Republic of Armenia on Cooperation on Border Issues”;
  • September 25, 2013 action plan for 2014 on border issues between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia.

4.      The Russian Federation

  • November 3, 1998 “Agreement between the Executive Government of Georgia and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation on Border Issues”;
  • November 25, 1999 “protocol on Cooperation and interaction between the Georgian State Border Defence State Department and the Federal Border Agency of the Russian Federation”;
  • February 21, 2001 “Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Russian Federation on Activities of the Border Officials”;
  • April 22, 2004 “Protocol between the Georgian State Border Defence Department and the Federal Border Agency of the Russian Federation on Rules of Information Exchange“.

 

II. Cooperation with the Border Agencies of the Friendly Countries

 1.      The United State of America

  •  In January, 1998 was signed and in February, 2004 was prolonged the agreement between the Georgian State Border Defence State Department and the U.S Department of Defence on “Cooperation in Support of Georgia to create Export Control System to Prevent the Illicit Trafficking of Weapon of Mass Destruction”;
  •  December 6 2005, Agreement between the Ministry of Interior of Georgia and U. S. Department of Energy on “Cooperation in the Prevention of the Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials”;
  •  July 2010, “Equipment Agreement between the Information Assurance Directorate of the National Security Agency of the U.S. Department of Defence and the MIA Border Police of Georgia”’
  •  Amendment 17 to the letter of agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement of June 18, 2001, between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Georgia.

The US State Department supports several large and successful ongoing programs in Georgia. Among them should be outlined the "Georgian Border Security and Law Enforcement”, “Export Control and Border Security” programs. The programs make an important contribution to the development of the Coast Guard and the Land Border Defence of Georgia.

2.      Ukraine

  • August 31, 1996,  “Agreement on border cooperation between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Ukraine”;
  • February 14, 1997, “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the State Border Guard State Committee of Ukraine on information exchange on border situation and Operative-Investigation cooperation” (Ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on June 27, 1997);
  • February 14, 1997, “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the State Border Guard State Committee of Ukraine on interaction to protect the citizens, State and other property at the Black Sea” (Ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on June 27, 1997);
  • February 14, 1997, “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the State Border Guard State Committee of Ukraine on border checkpoint cooperation at International routes” (Ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on June 27, 1997);
  • February 14, 1997, “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the State Border Guard State Committee of Ukraine on personnel training and retraining for border troops” (Ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on June 27, 1997);
  • February 14, 1997, “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the State Border Guard State Committee of Ukraine in the cultural and sport fields”;
  • February 14, 1997, “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the State Border Guard State Committee of Ukraine on cooperation in the fields of health, spa treatment and recreation for the personnel of border agencies and their families”.

3.      The Republic of Bulgaria

  • November 26, 1998, “Agreement on border cooperation between the Executive Government of Georgia and Government of the Republic of Bulgaria” (Ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on March 5, 1999);      

The cooperation protocol is signed in every two years on the basis of the given agreement, envisaging cooperation in the fields of land border defence, Coast Guard, operative-investigation, personnel training, etc.)

  • November 26, 1998,  “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria on information exchange about the situation on Georgian and Bulgarian State borders and International routes”. (Ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on March 5, 1999);    
  • November 26, 1998, “Protocol between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria on operative-investigation cooperation to protect the State border at international routes”. (Ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on March 5, 1999); 
  • December 12, 2012, Protocol of “Cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia – Subordinated State Entity Border Police of Georgia and Chief Directorate Border Police within the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria in 2013-2014”.

4.       The Federal Republic of Germany

The MIA Border Police of Georgia actively cooperates with the Federal Police of The Federal Republic of Germany. Bilateral cooperation plan is annually adopted, in the frame of which the Georgian Border and Patrol Policemen are regularly participating in various measures in the Federal Police of Germany with the aim to exchange experience in the fields of land and maritime border defence. The German experts regularly visit corresponding divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

5.       The Republic of Finland

The MIA Border Police of Georgia has a bilateral cooperation with the Border Service of the Republic of Finland. Cooperation declarations were signed in 2005 and 2007.  Visit of the Chief of the Finnish Border Service and signing of the cooperation agreement between the two border agencies are planned in the frame of the Integrated Border Management 2014-2018 action Plan

6.       The Republic of Lithuania

The MIA Border Police of Georgia cooperates with the Border Service of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2006 “Declaration on Cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Border Defence Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania” was signed. The declaration covered cooperation in border defence and security field.  The Border service of Lithuania implemented the project on development of K9 service of the Border Police of Georgia. The GBP plans to draft and sign a bilateral cooperation agreement with the Lithuanian border service.

7.      The Republic of Latvia

  • December 8, 2009, Agreement on “Cooperation in border security issues between the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the Republic of Latvia”.           

Bilateral cooperation plans is annually adopted with the Latvian border agency on the basis of above-mentioned agreement.

  • October 15, 2013, plan of “Cooperation for 2014 between the Structural units of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia responsible for Border Defence and the State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia”.

8.      The Republic of Estonia

  • December 5, 2011, Agreement on “Cooperation in border security issues between the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Georgia and Police and Border Guard Board of the Republic of Estonia”;
  • May 16, 2012, “Cooperation Plan for 2012-2013 between the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Georgia and Police and Border Guard Board of the Republic of Estonia”.

9.      The Republic of Moldova

  • June 13, 2011, “Agreement on Border Cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Border Guard Service of the Republic of Moldova”; Cooperation plan was signed on the basis of given agreement.
  • March 26, 2014, “Cooperation Plan between the Border Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Border Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova”.

10.  The People’s Republic of China

  •  July 1, 2002, “Agreement on border cooperation between the State Border Defence State Department of Georgia and the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of the People's Republic of China”.

 

III.    Cooperation with the International Organizations

1.      NATO

  • April 2012, “Tactical Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Headquarters Allied Maritime Command Naples regarding Coast Guard Department of Ministry of Internal Affairs State Subordinated entity – Border Police of Georgia participation in and contribution to operation Active Endeavour

2.      The European Union

  • December 4, 2008, “Agreement on establishment of operational cooperation between the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia”. Agreement envisages cooperation in the fields of training, risk analysis, information exchange, etc. The Georgian border defence entities regularly participate in various measures, projects, trainings and joint operations with FRONTEX.
  • The MIA Border Police of Georgia actively cooperates within the EU Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management Programme. Georgian border guards alongside patrol policemen and other MIA officers participate in EAP IBM FIT trainings, seminars and workshops. Joint project of Georgia-Azerbaijan on “Capacity Building in Land Border Defence“ has been elaborated in the frame of the Eastern Partnership and is expected to be adopted by the European Union in the nearest future.
  • In 2012, Joint Statement on Cooperation between the European Union Border Assistance mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.