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Past Legacy of a New State

IDFI is working on a new project that intends to analyze the events that took place in 1989-1991 in Georgia. The project - Past Legacy of a New State - is being implemented with the financial support of dvv international. Even 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union the last years of the existence of USSR and the first years of the independence of Georgia practically have not been researched. The topic does not find adequate coverage in school textbooks and sci

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Different Kinds of Public Information Received from the Tbilisi State University

IDFI has received public information from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. The information is now accessible on our web-site. The University provided incomplete information in response to the request for the bonuses of the officials and staff and the balance of the 2012 budget, and has refused the request for the information about funded events and list of employees. In case of bonuses, Tbilisi State University has only provided sum of the bonuses given to all employees,

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Trade Union or Union Employees

April, 2013 Author: Sophio Sachaleli Legal expert at IDFI, LL.M. Master of Law (Trier, Germany); Doctorate Student at the Faculty of Law, University of Trier. The up to date Labour Code of Georgia, which has replaced the Soviet Labour Code in 2006, and has become an organic law of Georgia in 2010, does not include the notion of Trade Union. The Code represents union of workers, which can be created by two or more employees, as a subject of collective labour

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The Response of the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia to the Recommendations of the Civil Society

IDFI On March 22nd IDFI received a letter dated March 19th from the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia which contained a response to the recommendations of the civil society, which were sent to the Office of the Prime Minister from the CSOs on February 5th. Attached to the letter were the comments from those governmental institutions that are to be tasked with specific obligations in the frameworks of the Open Government Partnership action plan according to these recommendations.

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IDFI Discusses Improvements to Georgian Government Websites

On April 2, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) met with public relations professionals from nearly 20 Georgian ministries to discuss the effectiveness of the governments electronic communication platforms. IDFI presented its research about the topic and identified strategies to improve the e-communication of public institutions. IDFI analyzed the e-participation mechanisms on the webpages of 23 Georgian public institutions, inc

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The Response of the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia to the Recommendations of the Civil Society

On March 22nd IDFI received a letter dated March 19th from the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia which contained a response to the recommendations of the civil society, which were sent to the Office of the Prime Minister from the CSOs on February 5th.

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E-Participation Mechanisms on the Web-pages of Public Institutions

IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) has been monitoring 23 public institution web-pages as well as the web-site of the administration of the President of Georgia in the frames of project Development of e-Participation in Georgia. Monitoring was conducted according to the 2012 UN E-Government Survey and Evaluating the parameters of information transparency on the official web-pages of public institutions elaborated by IDFI in 2011. Project group devel

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E-Participation Mechanisms on the Web-pages of Public Institutions

1. April 2013 Author: Salome Chukhua Editor: Levan Avalishvili E-Participation Mechanisms on the Web-pages of Public Institutions IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) has been monitoring 23 public institution web-pages as well as the web-site of the administration of the President of Georgia in the frames of project Development of e-Participation in Georgia. Monitoring was conducted according to the 2012 UN E-Government Survey and Evaluating the parameter

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Statement of Non Governmental Organizations on Batumi incident

Non-governmental organizations express concern over the fact of physical and verbal abuse of the GYLA employee by the head of the Adjara Police Main Division, Valerian Telia, on the Griboedov street in Batumi. The information on this incident was reported yesterday. We think that the actions of the head of the Adjara Police Main Division contained criminal elements. Based on the information available to us, we think that, unfortunately, we face a fact of covering up the crime and an at

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Sweden: EU data bill threatens transparency

By Nikolaj Nielsen BRUSSELS - Swedens ministry of justice says the EUs draft data protection law could upset the delicate balance between transparency and privacy in its own national law on access to documents. With a regulation there is a need to make it perfectly clear that member states may keep their national rules on access to documents, said David Torngren, an official at Swedens ministry of justice, in an email on Tuesday (19 March). Torngren described the

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