19 February 2016

The Access to Information Programme presents a collection of 37 cases of nongovernmental organizations which have used the procedures under the Access to Public Information Act (APIA) to seek and obtain information from public bodies and to defend their right to information in the court when being refused.


The stories encompass the period 2005 – 2015 and are collected in the book “Public Participation and Access to Information (15 Years of the APIA, 37 Stories of NGOs)" which AIP has published in Bulgarian.

We, hereby, present an English translation of each of the cases which have been published during the past 10 years in the AIP monthly FOI e-newsletter. Authors of the texts are either the AIP coordinators, all of them journalists, in the regional cities of the country, or by the lawyers and attorneys who have provided legal help and court representation in all of the described cases.
The Foreword is written by Gergana Jouleva, the AIP Executive Director.

Quoting her words “.... the team of the Access to Information Programme is an integral part of all these stories, because we were supporting the information seekers, we were assisting them to go all the way to the end. These stories are our story.”


The stories are available on AIP web site: http://www.aip-bg.org/en/cases/37_NGO_Cases_2005_2015/202943/.


The book was compiled within the implementation of the project “Enhancing the Capacity of Nongovernmental Organizations to Seek Public Information” supported with a grant under the NGO Programme in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 – 2014 (www.ngogrants.bg).