On November 20, Government of Georgia released Governmental program “For Strong, Democratic, United Georgia”
. In this document, among some program directions, major principles of the Reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are laid down. It is emphasized that “Significant attention will be paid to the systems providing accountability and transparency of the Ministry, including establishing/improving systems for proactive disclosure of public information”.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) welcomes the fact that proactive disclosure of public information was named as a significant part of the reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However, we assume that increase of access to public information and accountability should be a key priority for the Government of Georgia, as a mechanism for democratic governance and it should be considered as integral part of the reform of every public institution. Unfortunately, open and transparent governance is not formulated as a separate priority in the government.