Strengthening parliamentary oversight, especially on security service, is one of the 9 steps, the fulfillment of which was requested by the European Commission as part of its decision to grant Georgia the status of a candidate country.
Amendments to electoral legislation proposed by the parliamentary majority contradict the requirements of the European Commission
On February 9, 2024, the Parliament passed, in the second reading, amendments to the electoral legislation that once again change the procedure of forming the Central Election Commission (CEC), contrary to the conditions set for our country by the European Commission in return for awarding the status of a EU candidate.
Georgia’s economic dependence on Russia has decreased in 2023 compared to 2022, although, in comparison to 2021, economic dependence on Russia is still considerably higher. In 2023, the decrease of economic dependence on Russia was mainly brought about by a decrease in remittances.
The Head of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Razhden Kuprashvili, appointed Vasil Babluani, a businessman linked to high-ranking officials of Georgian Dream and the Mamatsashvili family, as an Adviser.
Cases of alleged corruption are increasingly on the rise in the regions of Georgia. Companies associated with public officials and Bidzina Ivanishvili are obtaining large contracts from public procurers.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary is requesting a working meeting to discuss the implementation of the European Commission’s recommendations concerning the judiciary, more specifically, the timeline, issues, and the general scope of reforms. The Coalition is ready to present its vision of judicial reforms.
According to Transparency International's 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Georgia has a score of 53 points, which is a 3 point decrease compared to the previous year. Even though Georgia maintains its leading position in the region, it has not had such a low score since 2015.
Transparency International Georgia continues to regularly monitor and collect alleged cases of high-level corruption that have been disclosed in recent years. Our goal is to create a periodically updated catalog of alleged cases of high-level corruption, which will allow us to track these violations and see the extent of high-level corruption.
In 2023, the Government of Georgia considered at least 531 draft decrees at 48 meetings. None of these decrees have been made public. In addition, the government did not publish the agenda for 4 out of 48 meetings. It has been impossible to obtain these documents through public information requests.
Through TI Georgia’s efforts 300 additional public officials will have their asset declarations monitored in 2024. In previous years almost every second public official was fined for failure to fully disclose their assets.