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Information about Funds Transferred to the State Budget Through the Use of Plea Bargaining Agreements Remain Inaccessible

On September 25, 2013 IDFI addressed to the LEPL National Bureau of Enforcement demanding the information about funds transferred to state budget through the use of plea bargaining agreements. According to the received documents, during 9 months of 2013 (January 1st-September 25th) total amount of the funds transferred to the state budget through the criminal fines, damages imposed to the state, bails and plea bargaining agreements sums up to 54722173 GEL. As for money transferred throug

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OECD Monitoring Report on Georgia

The Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has recently published a report for the third round of monitoring of anti-corruption efforts in Georgia. The report covers a wide range of topics directly related to anti-corruption policy, criminalization of corruption and different methods of preventing it. The last part of the report contains a section entirely dedicated to freedom of information. The previous

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Completion of Action Plan and New Priorities for OGP – Georgia

On October 1st a meeting was held for the purpose of defining the updated priorities for the 2014-2015 within the frameworks of the “Open Government Partnership”, initiated by the Interdepartmental Anti-Corruption Council and organized by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information within the frameworks of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Good Governance in Georgia (G-3) program.

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The Initiative of Georgia for Open Government Partnership in 2014

At the conclusion of the Open Government Partnership annual summit in London, UK, thirty-seven members of the international initiative revealed the plans for the further development of transparency, accountability and openness in their respective countries. The new initiatives cover a wide range of topics: new open data legislation, government integrity, fiscal transparency, management of natural resources and empowering the citizens.

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Georgia nominated for Bright Spots prize

From 31 October to 1 November 2013 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit is being held in London. The participants of the event have introduced each other with implemented achievements designated to government transparency and accountability in their own countries. At the final stage of the summit, the winner country of the competition will be named, which will be awarded with Bright Spots prize. On 16 October, 2013 Georgia was nominated by the Cabinet of the United Ki

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A question of public interest

A vote by the Council of Europes political body could shift the debate about national security towards transparency. A little-noticed vote in Strasbourg on 2 October is in reality a very big deal for whistleblowers, confidential sources and privacy activists. In the vote, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) endorsed the Tshwane principles on national security and the right to information a set of recommendations covering, among other things, how to protec

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Internet Freedom in Georgia – Report N1

Internet technologies are gradually gaining foothold in Georgia. In order to display the main tendencies in this regard, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) prepared a report which explores Internet accessibility, access to public information, implementation of e-governance and freedom of expression in Georgia. Internet Freedom in Georgia Report N1 Main findings of the first report: Despite growing tendency, it is apparent that limited internet access

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Internet Freedom in Georgia – Report N1

Internet technologies are gradually gaining foothold in Georgia. In order to display the main tendencies in this regard, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) prepared a report which explores Internet accessibility, access to public information, implementation of e-governance and freedom of expression in Georgia.

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Public Servants’ Vacations in terms of gender

According to the Labour Code of Georgia, Chapter 5, Article 21, the worker has a right of at least 24 day paid vacation and at least 15 days of unpaid vacation per year. IDFI has studied the data of unpaid vacations of public servants. According to the data from 164 public authorities, 1674 public servants had used their right for unpaid vacation within the period from 1st January, 2012 to 1st April 2013. 100 public servants were from the central and state minister offices of the ministries,

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Dismissed public servants in terms of gender

From 1st January, 2013 to 1st April 2013, comprehensive information was received from 166 public authorities about dismissed servants from public authorities of Georgia. According to the received data, a total of 21506 public servants, including 2 969 high ranking officers have been dismissed within this period.(The Institute considers the high statistics of the dismissed employees from public authorities is rested on not reasons mentioned above but on the data of the inter agency rotation or

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