Until recently Georgia has exercised one of the most liberal migration policies in the world (visa free stay for up to 360 days, the possibility to apply for the visa on the directly on the border and etc), nevertheless it will not come as a surprise to state that the country has gradually started to adopt restrictive immigration policy. IDFI decided to look into the rationale of amending the migration policy, and on September 12th reffered to the government of Georgia with the FOI request to indicate the international agreements, as well as the research conducted and/or statistical data obtained based on which the reform was conducted. This article based on the official documents received from the government of Georgia, sums up the arguments of adopting a restrictive visa regime in Georgia and informs the reader on the process of adopting the applicable legislation.
IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) was involved in international monitoring of governmental online openness and transparency, initiated by the nongovernmental organisation, Freedom of Information Foundation, based in Russia
In attempt to have clear and comprehensive picture about current developments regarding internet and e-governance in Georgia, this report examines statistical data on internet users, major plans and efforts of government to improve access to internet and electronic services among citizens. Moreover, it covers international reports regarding Georgia, displaying performance of the country in terms of e-governance and other related issues. Finally, the study touches upon the issues of online media and protection of users’ rights.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and Tax Payers Union (TPU) have been implementing the project “State-owned enterprises (SOE) and their efficiency in Georgia - Focus: Agriculture Sector” since December 2013.
Access to Information in Public Institutions (October 2013 - March 2014)
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 April 16th, 2014 IDFI requested information from the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance about the cases of bribery, misuse of power and misappropriation or embezzlement for 2004-2014.
The main purpose of audience research is to provide assistance and support to advertisers and broadcasters to exactly determine a category and number of viewers/listeners of certain TV/radio broadcaster or program. The most realistic and reliable ratings have a direct impact on strength and survival of regional and low-income media.
Practice of E-request of Public Information and Proactive Disclosure in Public Institutions The August 26 decree of the government of Georgia #219 about the E-request of Public Information and Proactive Disclosure was enforced on September 1, 2013. In the present research, conducted between January 21, 2014 and February 21, 2014, IDFI attempted to display how the institutions complied with the commitments. In this period IDFI studied the proactive disclosure of information o
The August 26 decree of the government of Georgia #219 about the ‘E-request of Public Information and Proactive Disclosure” was enforced on September 1, 2013. In the present research, conducted between January 21, 2014 and February 21, 2014, IDFI attempted to display how the institutions complied with the commitments.