On March 20th, 2015, the Ministry of Justice held the eleventh meeting of the Open Government Forum.
The Head of the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Rusudan Mikhelidze, was replaced by Zurab Sanikidze, thus Zurab Sanikidze was also appointed as a co-chair of Forum by the participants.
In addition, the Forum has also discussed the progress of feasible obligations of the Action Plan. Among the obligations set for the 2014 only 6 obligations were fully implemented: the user’s voice; development of the Online Consultation Mechanism and providing access to the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for persons with disabilities; publishing of financial reports of political parties in raw format; drawing out transparent and impartial civil service recruitment rules; proactive disclosure of court statistics on secret surveillance; support and coordination for OGP forum.
As for the other obligations of the Action Plan, according to monitoring results of 2014, fifteen obligations were mostly fulfilled, while eight obligations were partly fulfilled. Secretary of Forum singled out five obligations, which according to the terms established, had to be completed in 2014, but their implementation is still in progress, such as: access to services of Ministry of Education and Science in Public Service Halls; Development of regions through the transformation of Public Libraries; Enabling the Insurance Service in Public Service Hall; enactment of comfort-oriented new service – “JUST Drive”; activating the Services of National Agency of State Property in Public Service Halls.
According to the results of the monitoring of the year 2014, donor support is needed for the implementation of the following ten commitments: the creation of alternative channels connected with”112″; establishment of the Online Archive System; Development of Citizen Portal; Raise of Public Awareness on electoral processes; Creating the e-Catalog of the archived documents of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs and publishing it; Raise of efficiency and transparency of the Public Finance Management System; Access to documents of the National Archives; proactive disclosure of court statistics on secret surveillance; support and coordination of OGP forum.
The participants discussed the increasing of the role of the Parliament of Georgia within the frames of OGP. The matter of parliamentary openness was discussed by the representatives of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) – Director, Giorgi Kldiashvili, and Head of the Research, Giorgi khishtovani. The increase of the Georgia’s Parliamentary Openness is supported by the project – “Supporting Parliament of Georgia Involvement in Open Government Partnership” that is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), with the partnership of the Parliament of Georgia, within the European Union (EU) funded program “Strengthening the System of Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia”.
To establish the Open Parliament Principle, the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, within the framework of the project “Supporting Parliament of Georgia Involvement in Open Government Partnership”, created an inter-factional group, aiming to draw out the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan until September 1, 2015 with the coordination of non-governmental and international organizations. Participants also discussed the issue of the regional event of the Open Government Partnership planned on June 3-4, 2015.
The government of Georgia, as a member of the OGP Steering Committee, will host the OGP Regional Conference, which will be held on 3rd and 4th of June, 2015, in Tbilisi at the exhibition center of “Expo-Georgia”.
Among the guests will be high-level state representatives, including, ministers from OGP Steering Committee member states. The conference will focus on the matters of open government, such as consultations with civil society, and the implementation of the action plan for the promotion of open government.
Participants of the Forum, including the Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information and co-chair of the Forum Giorgi Kldiashvili, addressed the ideas that might be submitted for the OGP Award.