On May 23rd, Field Meeting of the Inter-Factional Group and the Open Parliament Georgia Working Group was held in Kazbegi, Rooms Hotel. The meeting was held within the scopes of the project - “Supporting Parliament of Georgia Involvement in Open Government Partnership”.
Head of Media and Telecommunications Department of IDFI, Ucha Seturi presented about Internet Speed Testing Issues and Challenges of small ISPs.
Meeting was headed by the Chairman of IDFI, Levan Avalishvili. Representatives of Non-Governmental and International Organizations presented their recommendations, which should be considered during the working process on Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan.
On September 12th 2015 a new law on Transparency of the Use of Public Funds will enter into force in Ukraine. According to the new legislation recipients of funds from state and local budgets, state- and communal-owned enterprises and obligatory social insurance funds will be obliged to publicize detailed information on the use of public funds on quarterly basis.
IDFI recently presented the study “ Russian capital in Georgian Business”, that represents those Georgian companies that are owned by Russian citizens.
During 2009-2015 period russian occupational armed forces detained 2 117 Georgian citizens for illegally crossing the border.
As it has been revealed, the major part of the information which has been subject to dispute between IDFI and MoF at different instances of courts for one year now, was included in the financial check report of State Audit Office (SAO). The Inconsistencies highlighted in the report confirmed the suspicion of IDFI that the reluctance of the Ministry to disclose the data was motivated by the aim of keeping the information on the inadequacies secret.
On May 14th, Akaki Tsereteli State University hosted a meeting in order to support the parliamentary transparency, openness and citizen participation within the scopes of the project - “Supporting Parliament of Georgia Involvement in Open Government Partnership”.
In March 2015 IDFI referred with FOI requests to every Ministry and their Sub-agency in Georgia. In total 1185 requests were sent to 19 Ministries and 49 Ministry Sub-entities. It should be emphasized that 22.9% of the requests were ignored by the public institutions. High number of the ignored requests is explained by the fact that three Ministries and nine Sub-entities did not provide any response on our questions.
On May 7-8, 2015 a conference “Central and Eastern European e-Democracy and e-Governance Days” was held in Budapest. Georgia was represented at the conference with two papers.