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Workshop on the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents (Tromso Convention) took place

7-8 April 2022
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Workshop on the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents (Tromso Convention) took place

The Council of Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia organised a workshop gathering representatives of 15 Government institutions.

The workshop participants primarily discussed the European Court of Human Rights case-law related to access to information, as well as the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents (Tromso Convention) vis-a-vis relevant legal framework of Georgia. Potential impact on the work of Government institutions was discussed in case of ratification of the Tromso Convention by Georgia. Exchange among the representatives of Government institutions was followed by an overview of good practices from the countries, which have already ratified the Convention.

workshop enabled the attendees to clarify certain aspects of the Tromso Convention and assess the prospects of its ratification by Georgia.

The event was moderated by the Council of Europe Experts. The hybrid-format event brought together 21 representatives of 15 Government institutions, namely, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Parliament, Public Defender’s Office, General Prosecutor’s Office, Government Administration, State Security, as well as Personal Data Protection Services of Georgia.

The activity took place in the framework of the Project “Strengthening Media Freedom, Internet Governance and Personal Data Protection in Georgia”, which is funded by the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023.