The Access to Information Programme launches the visualization of data on the implementation of the Access to Public Information Act. The visualization is based on the data published in the government reports “The State of the Administration” 2001 – 2016. 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.
The Access to Information Programme is launching a fundraising campaign to support the organization and holding of the 15th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria.
Support the freedom of information cause in Bulgaria by helping us to raise the funds via the Indiegogo till September 13!
The Access to Information Programme (AIP) is preparing to hold the 15th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on September 28, 2017 in Bulgaria. The 2017 RKD Awards Ceremony will be held on 28 September 2017 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm (EET) at the Literature Club Peroto (Sofia – National Palace of Culture).
Administrative Court in Sofia held that the deliberation process at the President’s office cannot be classified forever
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.
On April 20 and 21, 2017, the AIP held two seminars in the cities of Dobrich and Silistra on How to Apply the Access to Public Information Act - Procedures, Obligations, Implementation. The lecturers were Gergana Jouleva, AIP Executive Director and the attorneys from the AIP legal team - Alexander Kashumov and Kiril Terziiski.
On April 5, 2017, at a press conference in Sofia, the Access to Information Programme presented the results of its 2017 Audit on Institutional web sites in Bulgaria. The 2017 Active Transparency Ratings and the 2017 Budget, Financial Transparency and Integrity of Municipalities Map were launched. Comparative data of the audit show a considerable improvement in the active transparency of public bodies in Bulgaria.
On March 15 and 16, 2017, the AIP held two seminars in the cities of Shumen and Ruse 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.
On February 24, 2017 in Sofia, Access to Information Programme (AIP) held the annual meeting with the journalists of its country-wide coordinators' network.