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Problems with the Soft Budgetary (Constraints) Policy

The concept of the soft budgetary constraints, described for the socialist and later for the transformational states, is the fundamental contradiction in terms of macroeconomic stability, causes the increase in costs that happens faster than the mobilizing revenues through taxes, which is the precondition for loan accumulation. 

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Ruled Competition in the Healthcare System and Georgian Reforms

Increasing costs of healthcare is the problem of healthcare system in not only Georgia, but in many other countries across the world.

 

 

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Concept for Electronically Submitting Legislative Proposals and Initiatives to Parliament

The Georgian Parliament’s Permanent Council on Open and Transparent Governance adopted a Concept aimed at promoting the implementation of commitment 1.2. of the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan. The commitment involves creating a mechanism on the Parliament website for electronically submitting and voting on legislative proposals and initiatives.

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State Awards Issued by Georgian Presidents in 2003-2015 - Media Coverage

On January 21, 2016, IDFI requested information on state awards (orders and medals) issued by Georgian Presidents in 2003-2015 from the President’s Administration. During this period, the largest number of state wards was issued during the last years of Mikheil Saakashvili’s presidency. IDFI was also able to obtain the complete list of individuals that received state wards in 2003-2015.

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Concept for Facilitating Access to Parliamentary Information for Persons with Disabilities

Georgian Parliament’s Permanent Council on Open and Transparent Governance adopted a Concept aimed at promoting the implementation of commitment 2.1. of the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan. The commitment involves facilitating access to parliamentary information for persons with disabilities.

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Georgian Parliament Joins OGP Declaration

The Georgian Parliament through its Permanent Council on Open and Transparent Governance is the first Parliament worldwide to have joined the OGP Declaration on Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The National Action Plan for public review in Akhaltsikhe

Public discussion of Georgia’s 2016-2017 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan was held in Akhaltsikhe. The event was organized by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice.

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State Awards Issued by Georgian Presidents in 2003-2015

IDFI requested public information from the President’s Administration on state awards and found that the Georgian Presidents had issued 11,595 awards in 2003-2015, including 5,525 Orders of Honor, 2,541 - Medals of Honor, and 1,160 Medals of Military Courage. The largest number of awards was issued in the final years of Mikheil Saakashvili’s presidency, 2,681 in 2012 and 1,926 in 2013.

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Freedom of Information in the Public Defender's 2015 Report

In April, 2016, the Public Defender published the 2015 report on the state of human rights and freedoms in Georgia, including freedom of information. The right to freely receive and distribute information is guaranteed by Articles 24 and 41 of the Constitution.

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Parliamentary Council and Consultative Group Discussed Amendments to the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure

The meeting of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance and the Consultative Group was held on May 5. At the meeting amendments to the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure required for implementation of the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan (2015-2016) were disucussed. Members of the Parliamentary Council and Consultative Group as well as the representatives of the Parliament of Georgia, Non-Governmental and International Organizations attended the meeting. 

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