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More secrecy in Georgia’s government

by | Mar 15, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – A bill in Georgia will entitle the president to issue secret acts if the country’s defense and security is at stake.

Not only the president will have this right, but also the ministries of defense, internal affairs, justice, finance and energy and natural resource when strategic interests in terms of defense and security are at issue.

Information about plans and measures to implement by Georgian ministries on the occupied territories may also become secret.

This will be the result after a proposed change in the law about state secrets.

According to the bill prepared by Georgia’s National Security Council, information about expected threats against Georgia and about measures to conduct in order to avoid them, are state secrets.

Also, information about plans and measures to be conducted by the Georgian government and ministries in the occupied territories which will affect the state interests in case of disclosure, will be defined as state secrets.

According to the bill, the following normative acts cannot be included as state secrets: Georgia’s international agreements and contracts, except defense, interior affairs, justice, finance and energy and natural resource ministries; Georgia’s intelligence service and Georgia’s defense special service acts, which regulate their internal activities of the defense, security and in terms of operative-criminal activity.



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