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Statement of IDFI on the web-site of the Administration of the President of Georgia

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information welcomes the update of information about Giorgi Margvelashvili, new President of Georgia on the official web-page of the President of Georgia. As of today, biography, information about meetings and speeches, responsibilities and other key information regarding the head of the state are published on the official e-resource of the Administration of the president of Georgia. However, unfortunately, the web-page no longer contains the l

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Statement of IDFI on Governmental program “For Strong, Democratic, United Georgia”

On November 20, Government of Georgia released Governmental program For Strong, Democratic, United Georgia. In this document, among some program directions, major principles of the Reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are laid down. It is emphasized that Significant attention will be paid to the systems providing accountability and transparency of the Ministry, including establishing/improving systems for proactive disclosure of public information. Institute for Developmen

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IDFI joins the petition against planned changes in the “Law on Cultural Heritage”

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) signs the petition initiated by the civil society against planned changes in the Law on Cultural Heritage. Initiators of the petition negatively estimate the draft law presented by the Government and appeal the Parliament of Georgia for rejection of the proposed legislative amendment. Planned changes in the Law on Cultural Heritage make possible the removal of the status of the Cultural Heritage from the monument under such v

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Discussion of IDFI and DVV International on “Generation 1989”

On November 11, office of dvv International hosted the discussion Generation 1989. The meeting was a joint endeavor of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information and dvv International. The discussion aimed at enhancing the public interest towards this issue and supporting the start of analysis of the events taking place back then. Speakers of the discussion were film critic Gogi Gvakharia and Philologist, member of New Rights party Pikria Chikhradze. The hi

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A Workshop was Held at the State Audit Service

On 20th November 2013 a workshop regarding the effectiveness of the professional education system was held with NGOs and other representatives of the civil sector in the State Audit Service. The aforementioned meeting was attended by the representative of IDFI, Goga Tushurashvili. During the meeting the Head of the Effectiveness Audit Department presented the problematic issues related to the professional education system. The participants expressed their opinions and offered suggestions

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According to Media Advocacy Coalition TV3 and Energy Group Violated the Geogian Law on Broadcasting

Media Advocacy Coalition accuses TV3 and Energy Group for defying and violating the Georgian law on broadcasting. The coalition states that director of both companies - TV3 and Energy Group LLC Kakha Baidurashvili at the same time holds the post of president of Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, thus he is not entitled to own broadcasting license or have any shares. Kakha Baindurashvili is the director and shareholder of 9% of TV3. In case of Energy Group he owns 20% of sh

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Cooperation between Institute of National Remembrance - National Remembrance Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN) and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)

On October 28th, 2013 the Institute of National Remembrance - Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN) sent official letter to Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) regarding cooperation in work on assembling a list of victims of the communist regime, exchange of bibliographic information, determining the burial sites of the victims and archive researches on totalitarian studies and Stalinism. The delegation of IPN Archival Department

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Barack Obama Notes the Importance of OGP in his Statement

November 17th, 2013, marked the inauguration of the new President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, who was elected as a result of peaceful, democratic elections on October 27th, 2013. The day was also marked by a large number of statements released from various foreign leaders, who congratulated Giorgi Margvelashvili. Among these was Barack Obama, the president of the United States, who in his statement talked about the significant progress Georgia has undergone in the recent years. Among t

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Proactive Disclosure in Georgia - A Bright Spot for OGP

The Open Government Partnership annual summit was held on 31 October-1 November in London, UK, gathering more than 1000 representatives from the member countries of the initiative: members of the governments, representatives of the CSOs and businesses, to share and discuss their experiences, progress, ambitions and plans towards more transparent, open and accountable governments. The Civil Society of Georgia was represented by Giorgi Kldiashvili, the Director of Institute for Development

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Citizens funded by the Ministry of Education and Science in foreign educational institutions

The study is based on the official information received from the Ministry of Education and Science regarding the citizens sent abroad for education in 2011-2014 with financial aid. According to the received documentation, a total of 9 571 207 GEL was allocated as financial aid.

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