NGOs urge the government to provide argumentation for refusing publicizing answers to EU questionnaire

2 May, 2022

To the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili

On April 29, 2022, the Georgian government refused to make public the answers to the EU questionnaire made on behalf of the country. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, the answers contain issues that are deemed not expedient to be made public.

Under Georgian law, public information may be kept confidential only if it is a professional, personal, commercial, or state secret.

Given the high public interest in Georgia’s accession to the European Union, we urge you to make public the answers to the EU questionnaire or to present an argument on the basis of which you make information confidential under Georgian law. In case the information provided to the EU truly contains professional, personal, commercial, or state secrets, the relevant parts should be encrypted and the rest should be made public, as required by the standards of Freedom of Information of Georgia and the EU.

According to the latest survey, 88% of the Georgian population supports the country’s accession to the European Union. With this in mind, the government should ensure the transparency, openness, and involvement of stakeholders in the process.


    1. Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)
    2. Transparency International Georgia
    3. Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI)
    4. Media Development Foundation (MDF)
    5. Atlantic Council of Georgia
    6. Governance Monitoring Center
    7. Democracy Research Institute (DRI)
    8. Rights Georgia
    9. Civic Idea
    10. Europe-Georgia Institute (EGI)
    11. Index of Democracy – Georgia
    12. Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC)
    13. International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)
    14. Social Justice Center
    15. Green Alternative
    16. Europe Foundation
    17. Georgian Center for Strategy and Development (GCSD)
    18. Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS)
    19. Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP)
    20. Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD)
    21. Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD)
    22. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
    23. Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS)
    24. Liberal Academy Tbilisi
    25. Centre for Social Studies (CSS)
    26. Partnership for Human Rights (PHR)
    27. Union Sapari
    28. Penal Reform International (PRI)
    29. Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI)
    30. Caucasus Open Space (COS)
    31. Tbilisi Pride
    32. Coalition for Equality
    33. Georgian Court Watch