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Access to Information Programme

Access to Information Programme
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Seventeen years already Access to Information Programme Foundation has been perseveringly following its mission to assist the exercise of the right to information. Since its establishment in 1996, AIP has been running a permanent campaign for improving the access to information situation in Bulgaria and has been actively participating in international networks and initiatives related to the right to information.

The Goals of Access to Information Programme are:

  • to assist the exercise of the right of access to information
  • to encourages the citizens’ demand for government held information through civic education in the freedom of information area
  • to advocate for enhanced transparency in the work of public institutions at central and local level

Access to Information Programme activities:

  • AIP monitors the freedom of information legislation in Bulgaria and participates in the debates for its compliance with the international standards in the area
  • AIP works with an established network of 27 journalists in regional cities throughout the country that monitors the access to information implementation practices and gives recommendations for their improvement
  • AIP prepares and performs special access to information surveys
  • AIP provides consultations on cases concerning the right of access to information – in more than 4,000 cases already
  • AIP provides legal help in individual cases of information seeking
  • AIP raises public awareness on the right of access to information through the media, publicly expresses opinion on current problems and debates related to the access to information and its misuse at all levels
  • AIP organizes workshops, seminars and conferences on access to information
  • AIP holds specialized freedom of information trainings for civil servants and local administration officials, journalists, and nongovernmental organizations
  • AIP prepares information materials and publications for the central and local press
  • AIP maintains an Internet site with up-to-date information about the developments in the access to information area in Bulgaria and abroad
  • AIP prepares and publishes handbooks on how to exercise the right of access to information, as well as publications clarifying particular aspects of the access to information legislation
  • AIP issues and disseminates a monthly electronic Newsletter which contains national and international access to information related news
  • AIP is an active member of the International Freedom of Information Advocates Network

Access to Information Programme

RSS News from Access to Information Programme.

Access to Information Programme held the 12th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on 28 September 2014. Nearly a hundred FOI activists from Sofia and the country gathered at the House of Europe in Sofia. Among the guests were representatives of the President’s Office, the Sofia City Ombudsman, partner NGOs, journalists, academia; officials from executive bodies and municipalities.
Posted: September 28, 2014, 12:00 am
Access to Information Programme held the 12th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on 28 September 2014. Nearly a hundred FOI activists from Sofia and the country gathered at the House of Europe in Sofia. Among the guests were representatives of the President’s Office, the Sofia City Ombudsman, partner NGOs, journalists, academia; officials from executive bodies and municipalities.
Posted: September 28, 2014, 12:00 am
The winners in six categories will be selected by a jury. The awards will be presented at a ceremony which AIP traditionally holds on September 28.
Posted: September 5, 2014, 12:00 am
The fourteenth AIP access to information report contains recommendations, related to the access to information legal regulation and its implementation with a focus on necessary amendments to the Access to Public Information Act; analysis of the effective access to information legislation; results from the 2014 AIP audit on the active disclosure of public information online; analyses of the access to information cases referred to AIP for legal help and consultation; an overview of the developments in the FOI litigation. 
Posted: July 16, 2014, 12:00 am
On July 4, 2014, Access to Information Programme held a public discussion with representatives of NGOs, active citizens and civil society groups to discuss necessary amendments to the Access to Public Information Act (APIA). The forum took place in City Hotel, Sofia. The discussion is the third out of five planned public discussions with interested groups within the project “Advocacy Campaign for Amendments to the Access to Information Legislation,” supported by a grant under the NGO Programme in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 – 2014.
Posted: July 4, 2014, 12:00 am

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