On October 2, 2018, Tbilisi City Hall approved the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan for 2018-2020. This is the second action plan approved by Tbilisi under the OGP sub-national pilot program, which includes 14 other cities around the world.
The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) presented the opinion on the draft organic law on Prosecutor’s Office to the Parliament of Georgia. Draft organic law and related draft legislative acts were registered in the Parliament on September 20, 2018.
Access to public information in Georgia, especially in open and machine-readable form, remains a challenge. The basis for this is, to some extent, the absence of relevant legislative base and standards.
On September 20-22 international conference - Archival Studies, Source Studies – Trends and Challenges was held at the National Archives of Georgia.
As the Open Government Partnership is gaining momentum around the globe, more and more areas of policy are being incorporated through action plan commitments. Public procurement is one such area. While there very few star commitments related to public procurement to date, this could very well change.
In 2017, the Government of Georgia granted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 737,000 GEL (Ordinance N1616, 03.08.17) with the right to use the funds for procuring services related to project design, expertise and sustainability research of building located at Leonidze str. #3.
Executive Director of the IDFI Giorgi Kldiashvili, Programs Director Levan Avalishvili and Archives and Soviet studies Direction Head, Anton Vatcharadze participated in the project of the Policy Studies Institute CEVRO.
The case of Khorava street murders has yet again initiated discussions about the necessity of changes in the Georgian justice system. The recent rallies were not just a mere protest against the improper investigation of the murder of two schoolchildren, but clearly demonstrated the long-standing public dissatisfaction and mistrust towards the existing justice system, and the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia in particular.
Comparing criminal data of the first 7 months of the year 2018 officially published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs with previous years, showcase the worsened criminal situation and the decrease of the solved cases in the given year.
IDFI's study on expenditures of the contingency fund of the Government of Georgia revealed the following tendencies: From 2013 to 2017, a total of more than 595 million GEL was spent from the contingency fund of GoG. In this period, the most funds were spent in 2016 – more than 172 million GEL; The size of the contingency fund increased by a minimum of 80% on an annual basis when compared to the planned budget; etc.