Access to Information Programme
On 5 June 2017 the Sofia Administrative Court (SAC) declared unlawful the denial of the Bulgarian President’s Secretary to provide access to the minutes of consultations chaired by the President on 14 July 2014. The document marked as “confidential” recorded a discussion addressing the problems of the Bulgarian financial system following the bankruptcy of the 4th biggest commercial bank (KTB) in the country, which happened under suspicious circumstances. Former President Plevneliev whose administration classified the document for a period of 5 years said he agreed with the restriction as it was still necessary to protect national security and the confidentiality of consultations chaired by the President.
The Access to Information Programme (AIP) presented findings and recommendations on the state of access to information in Bulgaria in 2016 at a press conference held in the Bulgarian News Agency on May 17, 2017. 
On May 11 and 12, 2017, the AIP held two seminars in the cities of Varna and Burgas on How to Apply the Access to Public Information Act - Procedures, Obligations, Implementation. The seminars are organized within the project Civil Center for Support of Transparency in Public Life, supported with a grant by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.
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