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The right of access to information in the European Union institutions and the role of the European Ombudsman

Author: Nino Tsukhishvili The right of access to information in the European Union institutions and the role of the European Ombudsman The right of access to information is an essential element for providing transparency of the European Union institutions, promoting good governance of the decision-making bodies and ensuring communication between the European citizens and the institutions of the European Union.The principle of transparency requires access to official documents hel

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The right of access to information in the European Union institutions and the role of the European Ombudsman

The article will discuss the scope of the legislation, the restrictions of the right to receive information and its procedural guarantees as well as the role of the European Ombudsman in the effective implementation of the right of access to information and the latest cases decided by the European Ombudsman in this area.

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24th July Round Table on Proactive Disclosure of Public Information

On July 24th, 2013 the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), with support of the USAID Good Governance in Georgia (G-3) Program organized a round table: Proactive Disclosure of Public Information and invited NGOs, experts and Mass-media representatives working in the field of freedom of Information. The Round table was welcomed by Maia Gogoladze, USAID, G-3 Program Deputy Chief of Party,. She in general introduced the IDFI/ USAID, G-3 project Improving of

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Experts of IDFI Held Trainings for Civil Servants

Training was held by the Chancellery of Georgia, Civil Service Bureau and the Supporting Electronic Governance in Georgia program of the EU on the issues of e-governance. The training was led by the experts of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). With the participants of the training they shared the experience accumulated as a result of several years of work on the issues related to e-governance. The opening was attended by the director of the Electronic Gove

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Round Table Concerning the Issue of Proactive Disclosure of Information

On July 18, 2013 hotel Sheraton Metechi Palace hosted a round table organized by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, USAID and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). The event was dedicated to the issue of proactive disclosure of information. Round table commenced with the speeches of the deputy minister of Justice Aleksandre Baramidze and the deputy director of USAID Good Governance program Maia Gogoladze. Meeting was attended by the representatives of all

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Decree “About the Necessary Measures for the Implementation of the Action Plan of Georgia for the Open Government Partnership”

The Government of Georgia published an official decree “about the necessary measures for the implementation of the action plan of Georgia for the Open Government Partnership”, in which it took into account the recommendations developed by the Civil Society of Georgia, led by IDFI, regarding the action plan of Georgia, sent to the Prime Minister of Georgia on February 5th, 2012.

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Disciplinary Liability in Civil Service

A civil servant is accountable to the state and the society in the process of activities carries out in civil service. Accordingly, not carrying out the duties prescribed by law or carrying out unduly might become the cause of disciplinary action against him. The purpose of the article is the comparative-legal analysis of the regulation of disciplinary liability of civil servants based on Georgian legislation and international practice. The article discusses the regulatory norms ass

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Principles to Consider: Rural Estonian E-Participation and Internet Accessibility

Estonia is a post-Soviet Baltic nation of 1.3 million people, with Russia located on its Eastern border. The past ten years have seen Estonia implement comprehensive e-Government policies providing quality internet access to 70% of rural citizens (Statistics Estonia, 2012). In 2012, Estonia was the highest ranked post-Soviet country in e-Government capabilities by the UN Public Administration Program at 20th overall.

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Conference on Open Government Partnership Gathered the Representatives of NGOs and Experts from Seven Countries

On April 25th, 2013, the National Security Archive (George Washington University, DC) and the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) organized a two-day conference in the Kopala Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Development of e-participation in Georgia - Final Report

Development of e-participation in Georgia - Final Report From 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013 Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), in cooperation with Center for Post-Soviet Studies (CPSS) was implementing a project Development of e-participation in Georgia with the financial support of the grant Partnership for Change, within the framework of the USAID program of East-West Management Institute Public Policy, Advocacy and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G

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