The number of fines issued on vehicles belonging to the Tbilisi City Council over the past 7 years shows that the existing parking system has failed to regulate parking even just outside the Council building.
Manchester hosted the 10th International Conference of Information Commissioners, which focused on the problem of accountability and transparency of non-state public service providers. This is a significant problem in Georgia as well. One mechanism for solving this problem would be the adoption of a new Law on Freedom of Information.
The Parliament of Georgia is working on the text of the amendments to the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting. According to the amendments, the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be free from the obligations established by the Law on "Public Procurement" when purchasing certain products and services. In case of adoption of the amendment the accountability of the broadcaster will be under question, as well as the quality of public procurement carried out by GPB.
IDFI report includes statistics on cases of secrete surveillance in Georgia, updates on ongoing legislative processes and different positions of civil society and the government on this matter.
IDFI hosted a meeting on the 2030 UN sustainable development agenda at the Gori Civic Engagement Center. IDFI representative Saba Buadze presented the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their component objectives. The meeting was attended by representatives of Gori, Kaspi, Kareli and Khashuri municipalities.
Author of the given Essay is the student of Georgian Technical University Ana Giorgashvili. The Essay was prepared specifically for the contest on “Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia” organized by IDFI in cooperation with UNDP Georgia and with the financial support from the Government of Sweden.
Despite positive changes, IDFI believes that the new draft law on remuneration in the public service proposed by Ministry of Finance and the Civil Service Bureau fails to meet existing challenges.
Author of the given Essay is the student of Tbilisi State University Lana Kapanadze. The Essay was prepared specifically for the contest on “Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia” organized by IDFI in cooperation with UNDP Georgia and with the financial support from the Government of Sweden.
On December 12, 2014, the Director of IDFI Giorgi Kldiashvili was arrested by the Department of Central Criminal Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia, on charges of illicit carrying of firearms (Art. 236.2 of the Criminal Code) and was taken to a pre-detention cell where he was kept for three days. On December 14, Giorgi Kldiashvili was released from the courtroom on bail, and his detention was declared illegal.
The challenges of the municipalities are largely similar and require systemic improvement. Several types of problems were identified in the assessed municipalities – 1. Insufficient skills of the public to engage policy dialogue; 2. Insufficient political will of the local government to consider input of the public; 3. Low capacity of civil servants involved in the public engagement process; 4. Fragmented legal framework on public participation; 5. Absence of innovation in the process of informing and consulting the public.
|23 January 2019|