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Management, Transparency and Accountability of State-owned Companies

The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA) have jointly prepared a policy paper titled Management, Transparency and Accountability of State-owned Companies within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum - Georgian National Platform. The policy paper was presented to the Government of Georgia on November 22 during a conference organized by the National Platform.

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IDFI and GYLA Appealed to the Chief Prosecutor's Office to Launch an Investigation against the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA, representing newspaper Batumelebi) addressed the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia to launch an investigation against the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).

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Personal Data Protection as a Tool for Classifying Court Activities

According to existing legislation, the Georgian public may not know the arguments behind court decisions to convict the former President, former Minister of Internal Affairs, and former Minister of Defense. The answer to a simple question of why is also simple – “Personal data protection is an important challenge for the state; international acts and the EU Association Agreement obligate us to protect personal data”.

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Freedom House: Georgia’s Score in Internet Freedom Ranking has Decreased

On November 14, 2016 Freedom House published an annual report on Internet freedom around the world. Georgia obtained a score of 25out of 100 and was assessed as “Free” in terms of Internet freedom. Nevertheless, the country’s score decreased by 1 point compared to 2015.

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ECHR's Precedential Decision: Freedom of Information v. Personal Data Protection

The judgement highlighted that the court well internalizes that member states are granted margin of appreciation when balancing the interests of personal data protection and freedom of information. Nevertheless, when the case concerns information of high public interest the court is of the opinion that the member states should take into consideration the importance of public scrutiny and make such information available for the wider public.

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Evaluation of the Extent and Quality of the Public-Private Dialogue (PPD)

IDFI publishes the vizualizatiion “ Evaluation of the Extent and Quality of the Public-Private Dialogue (PPD)”.

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IDFI's Workshop on Dialogue between the Public and Private Sectors

IDFI and USAID program Governing for Growth in Georgia (G4G) held a workshop titled Dialogue Between the Public and Private Sectors. Attendees included employees of the Georgian Parliament, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economy that are responsible for drafting legislative proposals.

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First Evaluation Report on the Assessment of Extent and Quality of Public Private Dialogue (2014-2016)

The results of the first annual study show that, as expected, effective PPDs are more of an exception, than a rule in Georgia. By revealing the most successful cases of quality PPD in Georgia, our project team hopes to emphasize the positive impact of effective consultation during early stages of the policy-making process, and thus promote more inclusive decision-making at all stages of governance

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Terms of the Public Service Law are Being Violated

IDFI calls on the Georgian government to transfer normative acts required by Article 126 of the new law to the Parliament within the legally established deadline.

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IDFI Hosted a Public Procurement Workshop with Eastern Partnership Countries

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information hosted a two-day workshop with the involvement of Eastern Partnership member countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Georgia).

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