IDFI issues an articles on visa liberalization. The article reviews procedures of visa liberalization process between Georgia and EU as well as the reasons of possible delay of finalizing this process.
IDFI has recently conducted an investigation into the National Center for Teacher Professional Development’s procurement of flights for volunteers participating in its Teach and Learn with Georgia program. Our findings indicate that that there were several irregularities in nine electronic tenders dating back to 2013 and totaling GEL 571,714. As a result, the government may have been significantly overcharged for these flight tickets.
The article briefly discusses EU's new strategy in the field of transportation infrastructure and presents the description of the most interesting European corridor for Georgia.
The latest monitoring was conducted in May 1-15, 2016. This time, we monitored the websites of the Government Administration and 16mMinistries, and looked for public information from 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. The study examines the practice of proactive disclosure of mandatory public information and compares the results with those of the previous 2014 monitoring.
IDFI requested public information from the President’s Administration on state awards and found that the Georgian Presidents had issued 11,595 awards in 2003-2015, including 5,525 Orders of Honor, 2,541 - Medals of Honor, and 1,160 Medals of Military Courage. The largest number of awards was issued in the final years of Mikheil Saakashvili’s presidency, 2,681 in 2012 and 1,926 in 2013.
IDFI published a study titled Offshore Companies in Georgia - Risks and Recommendations, which identifies the following risks offshore companies pose to Georgia: lack of accountability, Russian influence on Georgian economy, possibilities for money laundering, political pressure on business and tax evasion. The study ends with IDFI’s specific recommendations to the Chief Prosecutor's Office, the Parliament and the Government.
IDFI publishes the report on the results of monitoring of the Parliament website. The report assesses the Parliament’s compliance with the obligations set by the Parliament Chairman’s Decree on Approving the Rule of Proactive Disclosure of Public Information and Standards for Requesting Public Information.
The research aims to analyze and to identify the main tendencies of the decision-making process that describes two main periods of the Civil Service Reform.
In 2015 the Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg published an Expert Survey Report II. The report assesses the design and the administration of bureaucracy as of 2014 in 159 countries, including Georgia.
On April 16, 2015, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) sent a freedom of information letter to the Georgian Revenue Service requesting information on whether the Revenue Service had conducted inspections of Free Industrial Zones (FIZ) in the country. IDFI also requested the reports or protocols prepared by the Revenue Service as a result of these inspections.
|2 January 2021|