The delegation of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia payed an official visit to the Republic of Estonia.Head of the Service - Soso Ramishvili, and the representatives of the agency met with the high-level managers of Estonian Tax and Customs Board - The Director General of Estonian Tax and Customs Board, Mr. Valdur Laid; Head of Investigation Department, Mr. Rain Kuus and other officials.
During the visit, the parties discussed financial-economic crimes, detection of facts of violation of tax and customs legislation, their suppression and prevention, as well as investigative proceedings.
Georgian and Estonian law enforcement agencies have shared experience gained in key issues such as: methodology of investigating financial-economic crimes, protection of the state economy by fighting against and preventing offenses within the tax and customs system, tax evasion, unjustified VAT return and illegal turnover of excisable goods without excise marks.
Representatives of the Investigation Service visited E-Estonia - executive center and the innovation hub in Tallinn and were introduced to the principles of its operation as well as to progress of Estonia in the field of E-Government.
According to the head of the Service - Soso Ramishvili: “Deepening existing bilateral cooperation, perfection of operational and analytical activities will facilitate effective fight against financial and economic crimes in Georgia and Estonia, including detection, prevention and suppression of tax and customs crimes. Investigative Service is always ready to collaborate with colleague agencies, share own experience to them and be introduced to their best practices. Such cooperation will not only promote future partnership between our agencies and countries, but will also contribute to combating crime through joint efforts.”