In a judgment of 11th of January 2022, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Bulgaria’s legislation on secret surveillance is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Strasbourg-based court was asked to evaluate Bulgaria’s surveillance law, as well as several articles in the country’s criminal code. The applicants are two Bulgarian nationals, Mihail Ekimdzhiev and Aleksandar Kashamov, who are lawyers, and two non-governmental organisations, the Association for European Integration and Human Rights, and the Access to Information Program (AIP), where the lawyers work.
Access to Information Programme (AIP) organizes the international conference “Access to information – achievements and challenges.”
The event is conceived as a forum which will open the space for sharing lessons learned and discussing the challenges to the implementation of the access to information legislation. Conference PROGRAM ☞
In 2022, Access to Information Programme continues with a series of free webinars titled "The Access to Public Information Act - procedures, obligations and implementation" which were initiated in September 2021.
In 2021, the AIP published the handbook for Bulgarian administrative bodies "How to Apply the Access to Public Information Act?". It is now available in English.
The handbook was created as contracted by the Council of Ministers Administration, and Access to Information Programme ai the beneficiary under project: No. BG05SFOP001-2.001-0001 “Improving the processes related to the provision, access and re-use of public sector information”.