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Websites of Batumi Mayor’s Office and City Council fail to meet transparency standards

16 February, 2018

Transparency International Georgia continues to check whether municipal websites are transparent and informative. According to the General Administrative Code, public institutions were obliged to pass/issue by 1 September 2013 normative acts regulating proactive disclosure of public information.

The following are the results for Batumi:

  • On 31 January 2014, Batumi City Council passed resolutions defining the procedure of proactive disclosure of public information by Batumi Mayor’s Office and Batumi Council;

  • These acts comply with the provisions of the Government Resolution No 219 which sets high standards of proactive disclosure of public information;

  • However, the information published on the websites of both the Mayor’s Office and the Council (www.batumi.ge and www.batumicc.ge) does not correspond to the list of the types of information subject to proactive disclosure as prescribed by the resolution;

  • The information about financing and expenses of municipal public institutions is being disclosed incompletely, there is no access to information about municipal procurement and privatization of municipal property as well as about recruitment at municipal agencies, or such information is incomplete;

  • No information about upcoming Council meetings or their agendas is being published, session protocols of the Civic Advisory Council and General Assembly of the Settlement are not publicly available and so on.

 

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Transparency International Georgia calls on Batumi Mayor’s Office and City Council to address the aforementioned issue in a timely manner, fulfil the obligations undertaken under the 31 January 2014 resolutions and ensure that the information uploaded to the official website is complete.

 

The publication was prepared with the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs