Ministry of Justice must before August 1 submit to Government the list of public information to be published proactively. The list must include all the information that must be immediately published by public bodies on their websites. The given obligation was put on the Ministry of Justice by the decree of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili which is aimed at implementation of the action plan of the international initiative Open Governance Partnership (OGP).
Ministry of Justice developed the draft list of public information for proactive publication based on recommendations from the Institute of Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and other NGOs. 24 July NGOs once more discussed the draft list and Government decree based on which public bodies are to be obliged to immediately publish public information.
According to the draft there are several categories of information in the list including:
General information about public bodies – structural tree and description of functions, texts of regulatory legal acts (statute, internal regulations and/or other legal acts), information about the head of structure: full name, photograph, biography.
Public information page – contact information of the person responsible for availability of public information, administrative complaint forms/examples, statistics of requests for public information.
Information about human resources – list of vacancies announced at public body, qualification requirements for candidates and competition conducting rules, competition results, rules and procedures of appealing against results of competition and procedure.
Information about implemented state procurement and privatization of state property – annual plan of state procurement, information about state procurement with indication of provider, purchasing object, purchasting means, cost of agreement and funds transferred, information about state property privatization including information about auctions conducted by legal persons of public law; expenses taken for allocating advertisements.
Information about funding and accounting of public bodies – approved and précised budgets, information about issued salaries, additions and bonuses with quarterly volumes, information about expenses taken for official and business visits, information about automobile transport means being on the balance of public bodies by indication of models, information about financial assistance (grants) allocated to administrative bodies by foreign countries’ governments, international organizations and state bodies of other levels, information about funds allocated to public bodies from funds provided for by Budget Code of Georgia and coinciding legal acts.
Legal acts – normative legal acts, individual legal acts except of the acts issued on personal and staff issues, registry of verdicts made by courts for administrative and civil cases.
According to the Government draft decree, publication of such information is obligatory for all public bodies, although proactive publication does not free public bodies from issuing public information according to the provisions of the General Administrative Code of Georgia. Public bodies are liable for the reliability and updating of electronically published information. The same decree provides for possibility of request and receiving of public information electronically.
Technical details related to proactive publication of public information must be defined in a special annex which has not been developed yet. Decree comes into force 1 September.
NGOs wish to meet with the Ministry of Justice before 1 August in order to propose their remarks. For example they want for the public information registry to fall under proactive publication and also for the description of database and list archived in public bodies, processed statistical information and budget implementation balance.
IDFI Director Giorgi Kldiashvili says that it is important for proactive publication to concern those structures that do not fall under the Government decree, for example – self-government bodies and courts. “That’s we have to discuss and propose our vision for the given obligation to enter into force by government decree or other normative act,” Giorgi Kldiashvili stressed.