State Enterprise refuses to disclose information under contract with a Russian company regarding constructions in the Port of Varna 22.06.2020

This issue will be raised in the court case of Spas Spasov ("Capital" newspaper) against the refusal of the Director General of the State Enterprise "Port Infrastructure". The information was requested on May 7, 2020 regarding the agreement concluded between the State Enterprise "Port Infrastructure" and "Transport Construction and Reconstruction" JSC (TCR JSC) for the deepening of Canal 1 and Canal 2 of the Port of Varna. The requestor also sought information on the companies with which TCR JSC has concluded a contract for the implementation of the project, as well as the price at which, according to the concluded contracts, the deepening will be carried out. 

Is it justified for the State Enterprise "Port Infrastructure" to refuse the disclosure of data under a contract with a Russian company for constructions in Canals 1 and 2 of the Port of Varna?

Ministry of Justice obliged to publish memos from CVM meetings between Bulgarian and European officials, says court decision 05.02.2020

An access to public information case against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), led by investigative journalist Dorothea Dachkova from "Sega" newspaper, was won with the legal representation of AIP's attorneys-at-law Alexander Kashumov and Kiril Terziyski. The legal procedure followed after the Justice Minister refused to disclose the memos from the meetings held between representatives of Bulgarian judiciary and executive with European Commission (EC) officials. The meetings were related to the CVM - EC's Cooperation and Verification Mechanism introduced after Bulgaria and Romania's adhesion to the EU. Under the scope of CVM, both countries were monitored due their difficulties in combating corruption and organized crime.

Attorney-at-law Kashumov shares his opinion on this important court victory ➨

Sofia Municipality obliged to disclose information on infamous city center repairs 15.01.2020

An access to public information lawsuit followed, and after some months of the Municipality refusing to disclose documents on the case, the court finally obliged it to do so.

Last year, the mayor of Sofia announced in front of journalists that a commission of the contracting authority (ie Sofia Municipality) had inspected the site of central city street repair a day earlier and found some problems. Nevertheless the construction was announced as "finished". At the same time, the mayor said that certain sanctions have been imposed on the contractor of the site, the major construction firm GP Group AD.

Road Infrastructure Agency refuses to disclose facts and figures on e-vignettes sold by a private company 06.01.2020

Investigative journalists won a lawsuit against the state Road Infrastructure Agency. It turned out the value of vignettes sold by the then only private provider of this service exceeds five times the worth of vignettes sold by the state Road Infrsatrucute Agency. According to the Court, this information is not a trade secret and the Agency is not taking into account the public interest