Between 2014 and September 30 of 2017, foreign citizens were refused entry at the Georgian state border a total of 27,400 times
More than half of the theaters are located in Tbilisi; There is a total of 49 theaters in the country; Across the country, the number of plays held in all theaters was increasing annually, with the exception of 2016; In 2015-2016, the greatest number of plays, following Tbilisi, was held in the region of Imereti; The number of spectators at the plays was increasing annually; In the last few years, the majority of spectators (63-65%) attended plays in Tbilisi.
In 2014-2017, a total of 1,612 persons committed suicide; Within the last four years, 4.3 times as many men committed suicide as compared to women; Compared to previous years, in 2017 cases of suicide decreased by about 100; The number of suicides was higher than the number of attempted suicides; The greatest number of scuicides was reported in Tbilisi, while the greatest number of attempted suicides was reported in Samegrelo.
In the period of 2015-2017, the damage done to the environment due to illegal cutting of timber was evaluated at 8 million GEL, while the related fines amounted to 2,8 million GEL. The largest number of instances of illegal cutting of timber have been observed in the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.
The main challenge facing access to open data in Georgia is the absence of relevant legislative framework and standards. Due to this problem, the list of data that made available by public institutions in an open and reusable format is low. Even though Georgia does have a state open data portal, public institutions are not obligated to publish their data on this website.
The research reviews the legislative framework of open data in Georgia and in four central European countries – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Together with legislative frameworks, the document also analysis practices of access to open data, main open data platforms run in these countries and the frequency of open data utilization by local activists and private sector representatives on every-day basis. Recommendations for each country are also presented.
The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), with support from Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF), held a presentation of the draft law and monitoring results of the work of the Constitutional Court of Georgia.
In the last 10 years, 2017 marked the lowest birth rate indicator. Deterioration of the birth rate is due to a sharp decline in the births of first and second children. The state programmes put into motion after 2014 have failed to properly address the demographic challenges facing the country.
A total of 4,563 protocols were filed for illicit garbage disposal in Tbilisi in 2017. Among these, 338 for institutions and 4,225 for persons; Amount fined amounted to 933,227 GEL. Among this, 387,620 GEL from institutions and 545,607 GEL from persons.
Considering Georgia’s chairmanship of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), commitments undertaken in the National Action Plan (NAP) are of utmost importance. Unlike previous OGP National Action Plans, the new action plan should be different, ambitious and have a transformative effect.