(Adopted on March. 15, 2001)
The following measures shall be undertaken prior to the full-scale implementation of the National Anti-corruption Program:
The Minister of Tax Revenue of Georgia, M. Machavariani, shall:
(a)By May 1, 2001 carry out all necessary measures to ensure by June 1, 2001 the setting up of a Civil Monitoring System over the custom bodies, including custom stations.
(b)By June 1, 2001 submit a program for setting up of a modern system of revenue declaration by private persons and of income tax collection; the program shall provide for gradual implementation of the system beginning on January 1, 2002.
(c)By May 1, 2001 present a plan of measures, aimed at bringing order in fulfillment of duty embodied in article 37 of the Tax Code on private persons who – beginning from 1998 – spent more then 25. 000 lair during one income year, and were obliged to present a declaration of income to the tax inspection. In this case, particular attention shall be paid to individuals, who during this period have built or purchased houses or other capital buildings or are carrying out this kind of construction; also to purchased cars manufactured since January 1, 1998, the cost of which exceeds 10.000 lairs. Along with other information, the declarations shall contain the cost of obtained property, sources of money paid and income taxes actually paid. Certain responsibility measures and mechanisms to be applied towards the owners who do not submit the requested information or avoid paying of the income tax shall be elaborated.
2. The Minister of Urbanization and Construction of Georgia, M. Chancel, shall: By June 1, 2001 submit complete computerized information on permissions issued since January 1, 1997 for starting up constructions on the territory of Georgia; information shall include address, area, project cost, name and address of the owner; information on constructions without permission or such that are carried out in violation of the project parameters. Mayors of cities and regional governors shall provide the Minister of Urbanization and Construction with all requested information, complete and in good time.
3. The Minister of Justice of Georgia, M. Saakashvili, shall:
(a)By June 1, 2001 submit a draft law on “Amendments to the Criminal Code of Georgia”, outlining first place anti-corruption measures which shall reflect both international obligations of Georgia as well as experience of leading countries in this field.
(b)By May 1, 2001 submit a precise list of all state agencies, which according to Georgian legislature are empowered to conduct functions of control over enterprises (supervision, inspection, checking and etc.), including a precise list of these functions and their procedures.
(c)By April 1, 2001 submit a draft law on “State Control over Enterprises”, which shall stipulate basic principles and mechanisms of state control over enterprises as well as guarantees for the protection of entrepreneurs’ rights.
(d)By 1 May, 2001 submit a report on the state of affairs in registration of normative acts, and a plan of measures necessary for the establishment of order in this field.
4. The Minister of Finance of Georgia, Z. Negatively, shall by June 1, 2001 submit a draft Presidential Decree on “Financial Offices of State Agencies”.
5. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, I. Menagarishvili, shall:
By April 1, 2001 submit a list of measures, the importance of the fulfillment of which derives from international obligations of Georgia in the field of anti-corruption.
By April 30, 2001, submit a list of anti-corruption recommendations drawn up at the plenary meeting of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO, Council of Europe).
6. By May 1, 2001, the Minister of Education of Georgia, A. Kurtosis, shall present proposals concerning principal measures of a long-term program of anti-criminal and anti-corruption education in the school system.
7. By April 15, 2001 the Minister of Interior of Georgia, K. Targamadze, shall submit a list of measures to be carried out for implementation of the following, beginning from June 1, 2001:
Elimination of permanent traffic police posts on the highways of Georgia, except of places of dislocation, approved by the National Security Council of Georgia. Control over the observance of traffic rules on the territory of Georgia shall be carried out through a patrolling mobile police traffic service; stopping of vehicles shall be eliminated, except in cases of violation of traffic rules or existence of a reasonable doubt of a committed crime.
Administrative measures against policemen for stopping of drivers without cause and requiring them to produce any kind of papers or information concerning transported load shall be established.
A ‘Bureau for the Submission of Comments and Suggestions by Drivers on the Disposition of Traffic Signs’ shall be set up. Once per month, the ‘Bureau’ shall instigate public discussion of the received comments and suggestions and ensure effective implementation of the shared ones.
8. The Head of the State Office of Government Logistics of Georgia, I. Andrade, shall by April 15, 2001:
Submit a proposal concerning the transparency of the work of the State Office of Government Logistics and shall establish mechanisms for civil control over its activities.
Submit proposals on improvement of rules of attribution of an office car to a public official, taking into consideration that in the future, an entire system of allocation of the same type and quality of cars to officials of the same rank shall be conducted under uniform rules. Furthermore, the system of assortment of special license numbers to the above-mentioned cars shall be reviewed.
9. By April 15, 2001 the heads of central, regional and local bodies of the executive branch of Georgia shall undertake proper measures for advertising in all state institutions:
The statute of their institution;
A full list of the institution’s employees, indicating their posts and phone numbers;
Days and hours of citizens’ reception by chief officials of the institution, the exact procedures to be followed for signing up and names of persons responsible for keeping the list;
Terms and conditions of consideration of citizen complaints and applications;
The names and phone numbers of employees responsible for giving out public information.
10. By April 15, 2001 all state agencies and legal persons established with the property participation of the state, shall publish detailed information on their expenses throughout year 2000.
Heads of Ministries and State Departments of Georgia, as well as local government officials shall by May 1, 2001 submit to the State Minister detailed reports on the situation as regards the issuance of entrepreneurship licenses and permissions by subordinate bodies. Particularly:
(a)Give details on the full normative base for the issuance of licenses and permissions.
(b)Number the licenses and permissions issued for specific activities in 2000 and the amount of revenue from this activity.
(c)Provide a list of enterprises involved in the system of issuance of licenses and permissions, pointing out specific reasons and criteria for their selection.
The Chair of the Public Officials’ Finance and Property Declaration Bureau, N. Ovsianikova, shall by May 1, 2001 submit proposals on the improvement of mechanisms for the examination of accuracy of public official’s Finance and Property Declaration data, and on increasing the responsibility in cases of provision of false data.
The Heads of those agencies which are responsible for the financial and technical control over enterprises shall carry out activities necessary to ensure that as of April 1, 2001 representatives of these agencies take up the inspection of institutions and organizations only after presenting of a precise written listing of mutual rights and responsibilities of all parties throughout the inspection; this evidence shall be presented to persons in charge of the relevant institution or organization.
In order to involve wide sectors of the population in the process of preparation and actual implementation of suggestions listed in the present decree, officials referred to by the present decree shall hold press conferences on which they will account to the public on the work rendered.
In order to ensure the publicity of the activities defined by the present decree, and conducting civil control over their fulfillment, official agencies of the executive power shall help the activities of the public monitoring groups established by initiative of the community.
By April 15, 2001 officials referred to by the present decree shall inform the State Minister in writing on activities undertaken or being undertaken towards the implementation of the present decree.
By May 1, 2001 the State Minister shall submit to the President of Georgia a list of names of officials who carry out their obligations under the present decree improperly.