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A part of municipalities have yet to adopt the procedure of proactive release of public information

27 March, 2018

TI Georgia has conducted studies on whether the municipalities of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and those of the regions of Imereti and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti have adopted the standards of proactive release of public information and on the extent to which they comply with this obligation.

As demonstrated by the studies, in most cases the websites of the municipalities fail to meet the standards of comprehensiveness and transparency; moreover, several municipalities have yet to adopt the procedure of proactive release of public information.

According to the General Administrative Code, public institutions were obliged to adopt/issue normative acts regulating proactive release of public information until September 1, 2013, but the following municipalities have yet to fulfill this obligation:

  • Kobuleti Municipality in Adjara;
  • Kharagauli Municipality in Imereti;
  • Martvili Municipality in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti.

It should be noted that after our studies and recommendations were released, the procedure of proactive release of information was adopted by the city councils of Khelvachauri, Mestia, Zugdidi, Khobi, and Samtredia.

Despite the fact that the ordinances adopted by the city councils of Khobi and Samtredia are not in conformity with the requirements of Ordinance No. 219 of the Government of Georgia, we think that their adoption is a step forward. If necessary, TI Georgia is ready to familiarize the municipalities of Khobi and Samtredia with the examples of best practice, so that they will improve the ordinances.  

It is also noteworthy that among the municipalities of Adjara, Imereti, and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, the following municipalities perform best in terms of releasing public information: the Batumi Municipality in Adjara; the Sachkhere Municipality in Imereti; and the Chkhorotsku Municipality in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti.

TI Georgia calls upon the municipalities of Kobuleti, Kharagauli, Samtredia, and Martvili to fulfill the obligation provided for by the General Administrative Code of Georgia[1] in the nearest future and to adopt legal acts related to proactive release of public information. In addition, all the municipalities should ensure that information is fully uploaded/updated on their websites.    


[1] Paragraph 4 of Article 218