The Access to Information Programme launches the visualization of data on the implementation of the Access to Public Information Act updated on the base of the data published in the Government reports “The State of the Administration” 2001 – 2018. The data was analyzed by the AIP Executive Director Gergana Jouleva and the visualization is possible due to the assistance of an expert from the platform Tableau.
Access to Information Programme presents the analysis of the data on the Access to Public Information Act (APIA) published in the Government reports “The State of the Administration” 2001 – 2018. The analysis of the data on the APIA implementation gives the picture of the APIA implementation within the executive power and shows the improvement of the process of accountability, its digitalization (2005), and the role of the body responsible for the publication of the summarized data.
On June 4, 2019, Access to Information Programme presented the findings and conclusions from its annual Access to Information in Bulgariareport. The AIP report contains recommendations related to the access to information legal framework and its implementation; assessment of the regulations in the access to information area; analysis of the results from the assessment of the proactive transparency of 564 institutions for 2019; analyses of the access to information cases referred to AIP for legal aid and consultation during 2018, including for representation in court; 6 Appendices.
For the first time in 19 years since the adoption of the Access to Public Information Act in Bulgaria, the National Audit Office made an audit on the implementation of “Transparency and Publicity in the Activities of the State Administration and Access to Information” covering the period 1 January 2016 – 30 June 2018. The main conclusions from the audit report coincide with the findings and recommendations given by the AIP in its annual reports “Access to Information in Bulgaria.”
On April 19, 2019 at the Press Club of the Bulgarian News Agency, Sofia, the Access to Information Programme (AIP) presented the Results from 2019 AIP audit on institutional web sites and the 2019 Active Transparency ratings. The results are available here: https://data.aip-bg.org/en/surveys/BAV422/
On February 15, 2019 in Sofia, Access to Information Programme (AIP) held the annual meeting with the journalists of its country-wide coordinators' network. AIP’ team presented key achievements from AIP advocacy activities in 2018. The 2019 goals and challenges before AIP and the coordinators' network were outlined. AIP presented the 2018 legislative initiatives, characteristics of the legal aid provided during 2018, including the cases in which AIP had provided representation in court.
On January 25, 2019, the Access to Information Programme (AIP) presented certificates to the students from professional program “Public Communications and Information Sciences” at the New Bulgarian University for successfully passing the practical course “Access to Information Public Communications.” The course is held in partnership with the Mass Communications Department of the New Bulgarian University and is within the project Transparency Advice Center supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.