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IDFI Presented the Annual Assessment Report of the Quality of Dialogue Between Public and Private Sectors in Georgia

On September 20, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a presentation of the annual assessment report of the quality of dialogue between public and private sectors in Georgia and awarded 3 state agencies with the highest degree of private sector involvement in their draft laws: Ministry of Finance of Georgia; Innovations and Technology Agency of Georgia; and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Georgia. 

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Politicization of Constitutional Justice: Altered Constitutional Claims and Motions to Recuse Constitutional Court Judges

Lately, a number of high-ranking political officials have made statements about constitutional claims having been altered, with some demanding a launch of investigation. The Georgian Parliament has requested the Constitutional Court to recuse several judges from two constitutional cases (so-called Cables-Ugulava and the Rustavi 2 cases), also citing possibly altered claims. In addition, lawyers of the Rustavi 2 case have appealed to the Constitutional Court to also recuse judges from their case because of their public statements. Considering the importance of the issue, IDFI decided to prepare a legal analysis of the situation based on information requested from the Constitutional Court.

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The Coalition for Euro-Atlantic Georgia Calls upon the Government of Georgia to Publish The Draft of 2017-2019 Association Agenda of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union

The Coalition call upon the Government to publish the Draft 2017 – 2019 Association Agenda, on order for the interested representatives of the civil society to be able to study it and present their views and recommendations for possible improvement.

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Bureaucracy in Tbilisi City Assembly

The Tbilisi City Council budget has doubled over the past years and amounted: in 2011 - GEL 6,072,200; in 2012 - GEL 6,131,800; 2013 - GEL 10,029,700; 2014 - GEL 13,351,400; 2015 - GEL 13,633,300; 2016 Budget Plan - GEL 14,052,000.

 

 

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Bureaucracy in Tbilisi City Assembly

The Tbilisi City Council budget has doubled over the past years and amounted: in 2011 - GEL 6,072,200; in 2012 - GEL 6,131,800; 2013 - GEL 10,029,700; 2014 - GEL 13,351,400; 2015 - GEL 13,633,300; 2016 Budget Plan - GEL 14,052,000.

 

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"This Affects You" Campaign Responds to Publishing of Secret Surveilance Recording

The Campaign This Affects You responds to the leak of a wiretapped recording of a phone conversation between the general director of Rustavi 2 Nika Gvaramia and a leader of a political party. The campaign member non-governmental organizations find this latest case of wiretapping to be deeply concerning. The campaign calls on the government to take steps to combat secret surveillance and illegal wiretapping.

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The Coalition Urges the Constitutional Court to Carry out Constitutional Justice

The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary responds to recent developments at the Constitutional Court of Georgia. According to the Coalition, the current situation creates an impression of a deliberate attempt to delay court proceedings on the so-called ‘high-profile cases’, which negatively affects stakeholders and public trust towards the Constitutional Court.

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Georgia in the 2016 Global Innovation Index

According to the 2016 Global Innovation Index, Georgia has received a score of 33.9 (out of a 100), increasing its result insignificantly compared to the previous year (33.8). In terms of ranking, Georgia gained 9 positions compared to 2015 and currently holds the 64th place among 128 countries. The country scored high in institutional structure and regulatory policies but low on government and private sector support of education and research, and limited use of innovations by business.

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18 Non-Governmental Organizations Singed a Declaration of Transparency

18 Non-Governmental Organizations singed a Declaration of Transparency, through which each organization commits to periodically publish information about their planned and completed activities, timeframes, donor organizations and amounts of funding on their individual websites as well as on a common online platform.

 

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Coalition for Media Advocacy- GPB's Decision on Exit Polls is Unacceptable

Coalition for Media Advocacy responds to the decision of the Board of Trustees on conducting exit polls by State TV Channel together with the following TV stations: Imedi, Maestro and GDS. The Coalition calls for the State Channel to change the decision and divert all the resources to timely, adequate and unbiased coverage of the processes.

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