Requiring the disclosure of assets held by government officials is a key tool for preventing and discovering corruption and potential conflicts of interest, and corporate ownership information is a key piece of this disclosure. Knowing which officials have stakes in companies can help to identify conflicts of interest and prevent corruption.
On November 6, 2012, a new draft law on the Military Ombudsman was introduced to Parliament. According to this draft law, a new post of Military Ombudsman will be created which would have a similar authority and legal status as the Public Defender, but would be focused on defending the rights of military servicemen.
As a result of the October 1 parliamentary elections, for the first time in Georgia the President and the parliamentary majority are from different political parties. For that reason it is especially interesting to see what kind leverage each possesses.
New facts have surfaced concerning the infringement of local residents’ property rights in Mestia. Nearly 40 residents have complained that their properties rights have been infringed and their land illegally trespassed upon during the expansion of the local airport and construction of a water supply and filtration plant.
Technical equipment placed inside mobile telecommunications companies has allowed the authorities systematically monitor citizens’ mobile communications. Parliament should move to establish sufficient oversight over law-enforcement and security services to end abuse.
On November 12, 2012, a draft law on amnesty was introduced into Parliament. According to the preamble of the draft law, “the government’s policies in different spheres during recent years caused significant changes in the penitentiary system.
The Georgian Government undertook to fund the municipality of Tbilisi’s social security and medical insurance programmes by decrees #432, #433, #434 on October 19, 2012. These were signed into law by the then acting prime minister Vano Merabishvili in direct violation of Article 40 of the Budget Code, which requires that: