On March 5-6th, the workshop of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance of the Parliament of Georgia and the Consultative Group took place in Borjomi. The participants of the workshop discussed the commitments of the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2015-2016, which are not fulfilled yet. Initiators of the commitments presented the concepts and the ways to implement the commitments. The Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2015-2016 consists of 18 commitments out of which only 2 are implemented: “Establishing Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance” (4.1 Commitment initiated by IDFI) and “Raising Public Education and Awareness on Activities, Role and Mission of the Parliament of Georgia; Strengthening Institutional Image and Role of the Parliament of Georgia” (1.6 Commitment initiated by the Office of the Parliament of Georgia).
The first work meeting of the Consultative Group was held at the UN House on 23rd of February. Representatives of non-governmental and international organizations determined the staff of the Consultative Group and selected the Chair organization – Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) – to represent the Group at the parliament, as well as in the events held within Georgia and abroad.
On February 12th, 2016, the first meeting of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance took place at the Palace of Parliament of Georgia. The Chairperson of the Parliament David Usupashvili lead the meeting attended by the MPs, representatives of the non-governmental and international organizations.
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.
On April 29 Ministry of Justice of Georgia hosted the fifth OGP forum meeting. Forumaimed at discussing the draft version of the OGP Action Plan which will be presented to the Steering Committee of Open Government Partnership on April 30, while the final version must be submitted by June 15. The meeting, attended by the representatives of the public institutions and civil society, discussed the relevance of the taken commitments with the aims and challenges of OGP; in the end of the meeting, the representatives of NGOs made the attendants familiar with their recommendations.