06 February 2015 г.

By Decision no. 9 as of 22 January 2015 (in Bulgarian), the Administrative Court – Yambol repealed a refusal by the Yambol Municipality’ Secretary to provide to Marieta Sivkova (a member of the Yambol Municipal Council) a copy of an extrajudicial settlement concluded by the municipality and a construction company relating to a certain court case.

 

The refusal was based on the claim that under the APIA may be requested information, but not specific documents.

 

The court held that the law puts a sign of equality between the information contained in a document and the document itself. In this respect, the request of a copy of a document is equivalent to a request for access to the information contained therein.

 

The court's decision was appealed by the Secretary.