The first draft bill was submitted to the Council of Ministers in June/July 1999 in pursuance of the adopted by the Cabinet Strategy for a new administrative system in Bulgaria.
Nearly a year after voting the bill at first reading it was adopted by Parliament at second reading. During that year numerous public discussions throughout the country were held. On September 23, 1999 a Round Table in the Parliament was organized. International experts shared their experience in adopting and implementing legislation on access to information. They submitted a statement on the draft bill and presented it to the MPs. The AIP team summarized the recommendations made during the public discussions.
Here you may find the statements and comments of leading experts in the field of freedom of information.
• The Right of Access to Information • CONCEPT ON LEGISLATION from 1998.
The concepts elaborate the principles of a future law, including its purpose, who should have the right of information access, institutions that should be obliged to provide access, the scope and purpose of access to information, the exceptions to this right, and the mechanisms for providing information and for the protection of this right.
Experts who took part in the group working on the concept were: Alexander Kashumov, Gergana Jouleva, Dimitar Totev, Vesela Terzieva and Yonko Grozev from the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Meglena Kouneva, a lawyer from the legal department of the Council of Ministers, Konstantin Palikarski, Fany Davidova. Also, Valeri Dimitrov, Stanislava Kuyumdzieva, Ralitsa Peeva got into the discussions.
• Opinion on the Access to Public Information Bill, N 902-01-34, proposed by the Council of Ministers, Thirty-eighth National Assembly Committee on Human Rights, Religions, Appeals and Petitions of Citizens
• Opinion Of Committee on Legal Issues and Legislation on Anti-Corruption, Thirty-eighth National Assembly Committee on Legal Issues and Legislation on Anti-Corruption
• Preliminary comments and recommendations by a group of legal experts of Access to Information Programme and Bulgarian Helsinki Committee related to the Access to Public Information draft Act (also available in PDF)