In may 2014 IDFI has published the report on the Access to Public Information in Central Public Institutions of Georgia (The Parliament, The Chancellery of the Government of Georgia, the Administration of the President of Georgia, ministries, offices of state ministers, the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, the Administration of South Ossetia, the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and its ministries) covering the period of October 2013 – March 2014. At this stage we present the report on the Access to Public Information in legal entities of public law, state sub-agencies and other public entities (80 public entities in all) for the period of October 2013 – July 2014.
The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons From the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia is responsible for deciding on the issues of granting the status of a refugee to the nationals of foreign countries as well as to individuals having no nationality
With the Decree of the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili regulation of salary supplements of the head and other officials of the Chancellery has been defined.
Institute for development of freedom of Information keeps providing divers public information received from Self-governmental authorities of Georgia. Information received to IDFI is now accessible on www.opendata.ge
The civil service recruitment procedures have significantly improved after the adoption of the relevant decree by the Government of Georgia on the 20th of July this year. Overall the legal guarantees of the recruitment process being conducted in an objective and impartial way has been strengthened by the legislation. Nevertheless in the process of comparing Georgian legislation with international practices (the UK and Estonia) it was found that the legislation regulating civil service recruitment issues in Georgia needs further improvements, hence our recommendations are as follows.
According to the latest news in media, the budget of the Parliament of Georgia for the next fiscal year will be 54,695,000 GEL which exceeds the current amount with 2 million GEL. As the First Deputy Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, Nodar Ebanoidze stated, added amount will be spent on increasing the basic salary and renewal of the vehicles.
On May 14 Ministry of Justice hosted the meeting with the representatives of the non-governmental organizations. Participants discussed the commitments taken within the frames of the 2014-15 action plan; NGOs presented their recommendations regarding some of the commitments.
The documents received by IDFI reveal amount of garbage disposal fees collected by "Tbilservice Group" ltd., amount of fees paid to Tbilisi budget, the documents that 2011 changes were based upon and financial reports submitted by "Tbilservice Group" ltd. to Tbilisi City Hall.
TV audience measurement is critical in all countries and there can be hardly found a country where all market players are satisfied with rating measurement results; though in Georgia this issue is not only related to competition between advertising business and media actors but is directly linked to media control issues.
On March 6, 2014 IDFI addressed the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia and the Prosecutors Office of Georgia with the request of the statistical information about the various corruption-related crimes. On March 14, 2014 IDFI obtained statistical data from the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia about the financial crimes of 2004-2014. According to the received documents, between the period of March 15, 2004 and March 6, 2014 total of 9