In the territories under the purview of the LEPL National Forest Agency 270 forest fires took place in the last few years. The greatest number of forest fires took place in 2015. Compared to previous years, 2017 saw fires spread to 7 times as much area. In the last five years, forest fires spread to a total of 2,558.35 hectares area.
Winners of the Youth Contest – Your Idea for Open Parliament have been revealed. Ideas submitted by Rusudan Mgeladze, Kalenike Uridia and Shalva Dekanozishvili were approved by the Permanent Council on Open and Transparent Governance and will be reviewed during elaboration process of the third Open Parliament Action Plan for the years of 2018-2019.
IDFI publishes the statistics on the calls received by 112 for emergency medical services, police and fire brigade in 2013-2017.
One of the more important sources of foreign currency inflow to Georgia is the funds sent to their native country by emigrants. The largest diaspora of Georgians is present in the Russian Federation, therefore the largest share of remittances is made from Russia. Since 2012, the share of remittances from the Russian Federation significantly decreases annually and by 2017 decreased to 33%.
The discussion of the liberalization of the existing policy towards drug users in Georgia has been ongoing for several years now. In 2017, this process entered an active phase when a draft law was introduced to the Parliament of Georgia. The draft law envisions the liberalization of drug policy and the development of rehabilitation programs for drug users.
According to the latest available universal population census, Georgia has only 89 homeless persons. There currently exists no complete definition of a homeless person on the legislative level. It is necessary to clearly define who is considered homeless and without shelter.
A new, two-year project supported by the European Union (EU) will increase the independence and capacity of the Prosecution Service of Georgia (PSG). Enhancing the accountability of the PSG and empowering information exchange between the government, civil society, media and public on the ongoing major reforms in the system.
On April 27-28, IDFI hosted an international conference titled: Enhancing the Openness of State Archives. The event enabled more than 30 archivists from over 20 countries to share their experiences on the accessibility of archival documents to the public. Topics discussed at the conference included: the best international practice of archive openness; legal regulations and practice of access to archives; access to state security archives; challenges in accessing archives; and archive openness in post-soviet countries.
|13 January 2019|