On November 1, 2018 Freedom House published an annual report on Internet freedom around the world. Georgia obtained a score of 25 out of 100 and was assessed as “Free” in terms of Internet freedom. The country’s score worsened by 1 point compared to 2017.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), together with an international network of archive experts and with the financial support from the Open Society Institute - Budapest Foundation, developed a methodology to evaluate the openness of state archives. The evaluation was done on 20 state archives in 10 post-Soviet countries.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), with the financial support from the Open Society Institute – Budapest Foundation (OSI), presented a new website www.Open-Archives.org for evaluation of the openness of the state archives in the post-Soviet countries.
The TPPR Methodology prepared by IDFI is envisioned to be a universal methodology for assessing public procurement legislations (PPLs) with the ultimate goal of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of legal frameworks and their enforcement.
Over the last few months, Georgia has seen a resurgence of information about possible cases of high level corruption involving current and former public officials. This is a continuation of a long-standing trend in the country, whereby media and non-governmental organizations identify possible corruption cases and either no investigation is conducted or the public is left in the dark about the results, leading to a decrease in public trust towards law enforcement and investigative authorities.
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.
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.
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.