The team of Access to Information Programme wishes you health and successful initiatives in 2018!
Mr. Dimitar Petsov from the city of Silistra was recognized with the Golden Key award at the 15th Right to Know Day Ceremony held in Sofia on 28 September 2017 for consistent and persistent use of the Access to Public Information Act (APIA).
The Executive Environment Agency should answer this question after the final court decision in October 2017 repealed the Agency’s refusal. The data was requested in March 2017 by the environmental association For the Earth – Access to Justice, as part of the national clean air campaign, run in partnership with Greenpeace – Bulgaria.
Today, 23 October 2017, Access to Information Programme turns 21. During all these years, we have been persistently following our mission to assist the exercise of the right of access to information. We have been advocating for better access to information in Bulgaria and have been taking part in international networks and initiatives for higher standards in the area. We would like to thank all our colleagues, partners, friends, our coordinators in the country, for your cooperation and support. The team of Access to Information Programme wishes you all the best for the birthday of the organization!
The Access to Information Programme held the 15th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on 28 September 2017. Nearly 80 FOI activists from Sofia and the country gathered at the Literature club Peroto (The Quill)in the National Palace of Culture – Sofia. Among the guests were partner NGOs, journalists, academia; officials from executive bodies and municipalities. The 2017 Right to Know Day Awards Jury selected the winners in six categories out of 45 nominations.
The Access to Information Programme (AIP) launches a number of events to mark the Right to Know Day on September 28, 2017 in Bulgaria - organizes the 15th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony; launches the Access to Information in Bulgaria 2016 report in English; publishes visualized data on the implementation of the Access to Public Information Act in Bulgaria; releases a translation in Bulgarian of the Resolution on the Right of Access to Information and Accountability of Public Services adopted at the 10th ICIC held in Manchester, UK on 20 September 2017
In the eve of the 15th Right to Know Day, the AIP launches the English translation of the report on the Access to Information in Bulgaria 2016. The 17th AIP report was presented at a press conference held in the Bulgarian News Agency on May 17, 2017
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.