On January 26th, 2017 European Union-funded Twinning Project, aimed at helping the Investigation Service of Ministry of Finance to fight economic and financial crime in Georgia, wrapped up results. The project developed recommendations for tackling tax fraud and tax crimes, and crimes related to intellectual property rights. The project also helped improve the Investigation Service's internal procedures.

At today's event the EU's project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” assessed the results achieved since its start in 2015. The speakers included the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Mr. Dimitri Kumsishvili, Head of Investigation Service of Ministry of Finance, Giorgi Badashvili, Deputy Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Mr. Archil Karaulashvili, Mr. Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Georgia, Ambassador of Finland H.E. Arja Makkonen as well as the top management of the Investigation Service and implementing partners of the project from the EU Member States.

This project was important because the Investigation Service is the most important entity in Georgia responsible for combating economic and financial crimes. The Finnish Institute of Public Management (HAUS) and Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands (FIOD) worked closely with the Ministry of Finance to deliver best the EU practices by training staff of the Investigation Service, organizing study tours to EU countries, and developing suggestions for improvements in the relevant legislation and in the investigation process, in fighting tax fraud, tax crimes, intellectual property crimes.

Background information: This twinning project ran from May 2015 to February 2017 with a total funding of EUR 1 230 000 and is part of wider EU sector support to reforms in Georgia's public sector. Twinning is an EU initiative, which brings together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing co-operative activities.



Result 1: Draft of the revised legal framework and new instructions for the Investigation Service are in place.
Result 2: Human Resources Division has implemented new methods of effective management of the staff of Investigation Service.
Result 3: New rules and procedures are introduced to combat tax fraud and tax fraud related crimes in accordance with the EU standards.
Result 4: The Investigation Service has developed and improved rules and procedures in the area of risk analysis and management.
Result 5: Rules and procedures of fighting against IPR related crimes are established based on the EU best practice.

On December 13-15 and 20-22, 2016 the Training of Trainers, organized within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was conducted at the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

Representatives of the Investigation Service and the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia participated in the training.

The objective of the training was to know the basic statements and principles of adult learning theories and design of effective training program based on selection of the appropriate training methods for achieving learning objectives overall goal of which is to further disseminate the knowledge gained through the training courses held under the Twinning Project. The expert shared the characteristics of effective PowerPoint presentations. The Presentation skills of the training participants were improved by video training.

The training was conducted by the Lithuanian STE of the Twining Project, Mr. Arunas Beksta.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with the Certificates of Attendance.

During 28.11-02.12, 2016 the training in Financial Analysis and Audit, organized within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was conducted at the Academy of the Ministry Finance of Georgia.

Representatives of the Investigation Service, the Revenue Service, the National Enforcement Bureau, Ministry of Interior, State Procurement Agency, Service for Accounting, Reporting and the Audit Supervision under the Ministry of Finance participated in the training. Altogether 30 participants attended the training.

Along with the different significant issues the international standards related to financial analysis and audit as well as the best practices of auditing of financial transactions, cash and bank accounts were presented by the expert.

The representatives of the Revenue Service, the National Enforcement Bureau, Ministry of Interior, State Procurement Agency, Service for Accounting, Reporting and the Audit Supervision under the Ministry of Finance made the presentations about the current Georgian legislation and practical experience with regards to their competences concerning financial analysis and audit and the related issues.

The training was conducted by the Finnish STE of the Twining Project, Mr. Helge Vuoti.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with the Certificates of Attendance.


On November 22 and 24, 2016 the training on Combating VAT fraud organized within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”, was conducted at the Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

Representatives of the Investigation Service, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the Revenue Service participated in the training. Altogether 27 participants attended the training.

Along with the VAT fraud, the topics related to the Bitcoins –virtual currency and credit cards fraud were presented and discussed. The experts shared the Dutch model of the Combating the VAT fraud. The relevant case studies were performed in group works as well.

The training was conducted by the representatives of the Twining Project Junior Partner organization – The Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of The Netherlands (FIOD) Mr. Rob Van het Hof, Mr. Ton Groothedde and Mr. Frederik Dekker.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with the Certificates of attendance.


On November 11, 2016 the workshop for the review of the draft of the Performance and Resource Plan 2017 for the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”, was conducted at the Investigation Service.

The head, Mr. Giorgi Badashvili and the high-rank officials of the Investigation Service, altogether 26 representatives of the IS participated in the workshop along with the Twinning Project team.

For the purpose of sharing the best practices of the law-enforcement agencies in the EU countries the process of the performance and resource planning in the context of the Finnish model was presented during the workshop along with the OECD standards concerning the above mentioned process.

Based on the discussions and the group works the draft of the Performance and Resource Plan of the Investigation Service 2017 elaborated under the Twinning Project was reviewed. The working groups presented the summary analysis of the document where the focus was made on the strategic objectives of the Investigation Service and the plans of the actions for their achievement.

The workshop was ended with the agreement to finalize the Performance and Resource Plan for the Investigation Service for 2017 based on the workshop outputs.

The workshop was conducted by the MS Project Leader, Mr. Jari Liukku.


The 6th Steering Committee Meeting of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was held at the Investigation Service.

Representatives of the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Project Administration Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the EU Member States and Beneficiary Project Leaders and the Twinning Project team, as well as the short-term experts of the project and the high-rank officials of the Investigation Service attended the 6th Steering Committee meeting.

The Meeting was chaired by the Head of the Investigation Service, Mr. Giorgi Badashvili. The 6th Quarterly Report of the Twinning Project as well as already implemented and future activities of the project were discussed during the meeting. The MS Project Leader, Mr. Jari Liukku said thanks for the Management of the IS and the Representative of the EU Delegation to Georgia for the efficient and fruitful cooperation. The date of the closing conference of the Twinning Project was defined.

The project is implemented by HAUS – Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD – Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Netherlands.

The main beneficiary of the project is Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.


On November 9-10, 2016 the training in Asset Tracing, organized within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”, was conducted at the Academy of the Ministry Finance of Georgia.

Representatives of the Investigation Service, the Revenue Service, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the National Enforcement Bureau participated in the training. Altogether 26 participants attended the training.

Along with the different significant topics the international standards related to the tracing of proceeds of crime and assets, as well as the model of planning and implementing investigations on asset tracing were presented and discussed. The relevant case studies were performed in group works as well.

The representatives of the AML Division of the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the National Enforcement Bureau made the presentations about the practical experience with regards to the investigation, prosecution and enforcement in the context of asset tracing.

The training was conducted by the STE of the Twining Project, representative of the National Bureau of Investigation of Finland Mr. Jaakko Christensen.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with the Certificates of Attendance.



On October 25-27, 2016 the training in “Investigation of Intellectual Property Rights Crimes”, organized within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”, was conducted at the Training Center of Sakpatenti – National Intellectual Property Center.

Representatives of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, Customs Department of the Revenue Service, Sakpatenti and “Samsung” from the private sector participated in the training.

The training was conducted by the Finnish experts of the Twining Project, representatives of the Finnish Customs, Mr. Anssi Kartila and Mr. Arnaldo Squillante and the Chairman of Sakpatenti- National Intellectual Property Center, Mr. Nikoloz Gogilidze.

The Chairman of Sakpatenti introduced the role and the tasks of Sakpateneti with regards to the intellectual property rights to the training participants and reviewed trademarks, patent rights, design and copyrights under the existing relevant Georgian legislation.

Along with the other significant topics the Finnish model of the IPR crimes investigations and collection of the evidence were presented and discussed by the Finnish Experts. The relevant case studies were performed in group works as well.

The representatives of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance and the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia made the presentations about the practical experience in the investigation and prosecution of the IPR crime cases.


On October 25-26, 2016 the training Symposium in Money Laundering Awareness, organized within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”, was conducted at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of Georgia.

Representatives of the Investigation Service, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, the Ministry of Interior, the Revenue Service, the Financial Monitoring Service and the Council of Europe participated in the training. Altogether 50 participants attended the training.

Along with the different significant topics the Dutch model of the money laundering investigations, collection of the evidence and their compliance with the existing Georgian practice with this regards were presented and discussed. The relevant case studies were performed in group works as well.

The representatives of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance, Financial Monitoring Service and the AML Division of the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia made the presentations about the practical experience with regard to the investigation and prosecution of the AML cases and reviewed existing relevant Georgian legislation.

The training was conducted by the representatives of the Twining Project Junior Partner organization – The Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of The Netherlands (FIOD) Mr. Huub Adema and Mr. Rob Bastiaan.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with the Certificates of attendance.

On 7-9 September, 2016 the training in IT Forensics organized within the scope of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was conducted at the Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

The representatives of the Investigation Service, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the Levan Samkharauli National Forensics Bureau participated in the training.

Along with different significant topics mobile forensics, live forensics, recovery of deleted files for the investigation purposes were presented and discussed during the training.

Mr. Roland Makhmudov, the Head of the IT and Computer Forensics Department of the National Forensics Bureau made the presentation about the practical experience of the Bureau with regard to the above mentioned topics.

The training was conducted by the Finnish experts from the National Bureau of Investigation of Finland Mr. Jani Rautionaho and Tommi Rautanen.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with the Certificates of attendance.

On 24-26 February, 2016 the training on Fighting Against Cybercrime organized jointly by the Investigation Service and the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was conducted at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia under the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”.

The representatives of the Investigation Service, different structural units of the Ministry of Internal affairs, State Security Service of Georgia as well as the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, Tbilisi Prosecutor’s Office and the Rustavi Regional Prosecutor’s Office participated in the training. Altogether 36 participants attended the training.

Along with different significant topics the current cybercrime situation in the world and the significance of the international cooperation in the investigation of cybercrime were focused and highlighted during the training. The above mentioned topics were supported by the relevant cases and practical examples.

The representatives of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor’s office of Georgia described the national legal framework for cybercrime and the challenges of prosecution of cybercrime in Georgia.

The training was conducted by the Finnish expert, the head of the Cybercrime Center of the National Investigation Bureau of Finland, Mr. Timo Piiroinen.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with the Certificates based on the taken tests.

The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was held at the Investigation Service.

The Meeting was chaired by the Head of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Badashvili. Representatives of the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Project Administration Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the EU Member States and Beneficiary Project Leadersas well as the Twinning Project team and the high-rank officials of the Investigation Service attended the 3rdSteering Committee meeting.

The 3rdQuarterly Report of the Twinning Project was discussed and approved by the members of the SCM 3. Management of the Investigation Service positively evaluated the results of already completedactivities under the twinning Project and outlined the importance of the implementation of the future activities as well. The members of the SCM 3 defined the date of the next Steering Committee Meeting.

The project is implemented by HAUS – Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD – Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Netherlands.

The main beneficiary of the project is Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

The training on Risk Assessment of the Investigation Service was held at the Investigation Service under the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”. 

Altogether 21 representatives from different divisions of the Investigation Service, the Revenue Service and the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia attended the training. 

The training was conducted by the Finnish expert of the EU funded Twinning Project, Mr. Jarmo Parkkonen. Training topics covered the general risk assessment methodology and components of the risk assessment process as well as the SOP on Risk Assessment of the Investigation Service drafted under one of the activities of the Twinning Project and its follow-up actions. The representative of the Risk Management Division of the Administration Department of the Revenue Service shared the practice of the risk assessment procedures at the Revenue Service with the participants.

The EU funded Twining Project is implemented by HAUS – Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD – Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Netherlands.

The main beneficiary of the project is Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.


The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was held at the Investigation Service.

Representatives of the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Project Administration Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the EU Member States and Beneficiary Project Leaders and the Twinning Project team, as well as the short-term experts of the project and the high-rank officials of the Investigation Service attended the 2nd Steering Committee meeting.

The 2nd Quarterly Report of the Twinning Project as well as already completed and future activities of the project were discussed during the meeting. The date of the next Steering Committee Meeting was defined.

The project is implemented by HAUS – Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD – Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Netherlands. The main beneficiary of the project is Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

The second Working Group Meeting under the Component 5 of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was held at the Investigation Service. The overall objective of the Component 5 is to establish the rules and procedures of fighting against IPR related crimes based on the EU best practice.

Representatives from the main beneficiary of the Twinning Project - Investigation Service, as well as the Customs Department, Association of Pharmaceutical Companies Representatives in Georgia, Georgian Copyright Association and the National Intellectual Property Centre “Sakpatenti” attended the working group meeting.

The participants of the meeting discussed the draft Assessment Report on the IPR Crimes in Georgia presented by the Finnish expert, Mr. Anssi Kartila. Discussions also covered recent cases of IP crime investigations carried out by the Investigation Service as well as the relevant current legislation and future coming amendments, cooperation between IS and other stakeholders, especially with Right Holders, training issues and public awareness raising in IPR crime. The date for the next Working Group meeting was defined.

The Working Group Meeting was chaired by the Component 5 leader of the Twinning Project, Finish expert, Mr. Anssi Kartila.

EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” is implemented by HAUS – Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD- the Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Netherlands.

The next Working Group Meeting under the Component 2 of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was held at the Investigation Service. The objectives of the Activities 2.1. and 2.2. of the component 2 are structural analysis and the organizational review of the Investigation Service and drafting the relevant recommendations based on the findings and the EU best practice.

The Working Group consisted of the Head of the Administration, Mr. Konstantine Katamadze, Head of the HR Division, Mr. Zurab Chachua, Deputy Head of the Tbilisi 3rd Division Mr. David Ungiadze and the Deputy Head of the Division for the Especially Important Cases, Mr. Levan Mikaberidze. The meeting was chaired by the MS Project Leader, Mr. Jari Liukku. The whole Twinning Project team and the project STE from Finland, Mr. Markku Ranta-aho attended the meeting. The Draft of the Organizational Review of the Investigation Service was presented at the Meeting.

The participants discussed and agreed on the recommendations and their priority.

EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” is implemented by HAUS – Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD- the Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Netherlands.

The first Working Group Meeting under the Component 5 of the EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” was held at the Investigation Service. The overall objective of the Component 5 is to establish the rules and procedures of fighting against IPR related crimes based on the EU best practice.

Along with the Working Group members the EU Twinning Project team and the management of the Investigation Service attended the meeting. The Working Group consists of the representatives from the main beneficiary of the Twinning Project - Investigation Service, General Prosecutor’s Office, Customs Department, Association of Pharmaceutical Companies Representatives in Georgia, Georgian Copyright Association and the National Intellectual Property Centre “Sakpatenti”.

The participants of the meeting discussed the existing IPR legislation, current gaps and the prepared draft-laws. They brought the examples of the IP crime cases, defined the possible solutions to the existing problems and ways for future cooperation. The needs of the trainings and the related technical issues have been discussed as well. The tasks were distributed among the Working Group Members and the date for the next Working Group meeting was defined.

The Working Group Meeting was chaired by the Component 5 leader of the Twinning Project, Finish expert, Mr. Anssi Kartila.

EU funded Twinning Project “Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia” is implemented by HAUS – Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD- the Criminal Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Netherlands.


Capacity Building of the Investigation Service
of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia

Project Implemented by HAUS Finnish Institute of Public Management and FIOD the Criminal investigation service of the Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands

Overall objective of this Twinning Project is fighting against the economical-financial crime in fiscal sphere and fostering healthy business environment in Georgia.

The purpose of the project is to strengthen the administrative capacity of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia in line with the European Union and international standards in the following fields:

  • Improvement of legal framework connected to Tax Crime, in particular, subordinate Articles and regulations of tax evasion e.g. VAT fraud;
  • Capacity development in: Human Resource management, modern methodology of investigation, statistical and analytical work, training of trainers;
  • Development of different guidelines (rules and procedures) to improve efficiency of the general management and operation of the IS;
  • Improvement of information processing, risk identification and management system (precise identification of companies, enterprises including risk factors or criminal points such as tax evasion, money laundering and fictitious financial transactions in order to initiate the right investigation);
  • Reinforcement of Intellectual Property Rights investigation, technologies and operation mechanisms.

The Main Beneficiary is The Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

Other beneficiaries / stakeholders:

  • Ministry of Finance; agencies and legal entities of public law (LEPLs) under the MoF
  • Ministry of Interior
  • Prosecutor General
  • Ministry of Justice
  • State Audit Office
  • National Bank of Georgia
  • Various private sector actors and NGOs relevant in fight against financial crimes and IPR crimes

Twinning Project will closely work with the main beneficiary, stakeholders and other actors relevant from the viewpoint of the Twinning Project’s objectives in order to support them to develop their activities for fighting against the economical-fiscal crime in line with the European Standards and the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

  • Twinning Reference Number: GE/13/ENP/FI/18
  • Title of the Project: Capacity Building of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia
  • Beneficiary: Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia
  • Administrative & Financial Management: HAUS Finnish Institute of Public Management
  • Implementation Period: 21 months
  • Budget: EUR 1.230.000
  • Project Team:
    • Project Leaders:
      • MS Project Leader: Mr. Jari Liukku
      • BC Project Leader: Mr. Mikheil Akhvlediani, Deputy Head of IS of MoF
    • Resident Twinning Adviser: Mr. Kaj-Erik Bjorkqvist k.bjorkqvist@mof.ge Tel: +995 32 2262090
    • RTA Assistant: Mrs. Tinatin Kbilashvili
    • RTA Language Assistant: Ms. Nino Janiashvili
    • RTA Counterpart: Mr. Konstantine Katamadze, Head of Administration of IS of MoF
  • Project Office: Twinning office at the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, 2a University STR. 0177 Tbilisi, Georgia; Tel: +995 32 2 262091 (320)

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the implementation partners


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