On January 17, 2020, 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 AIP delivers the course for a forth year, encompassing the period November – December 2019
AIP Executive Director Dr Gergana Jouleva, and the lawyers from the AIP legal team Kiril Terziiski and Stephan Anguelov were the course lecturers. The syllabus included access to information standards and legislation, as well as specific examples of the Access to Public Information Act use, especially for journalistic investigations.
As a practical assignment, the students prepared access to information requests on a diversity of topics and sent them by e-mail to different institutions. The AIP lawyers assisted the formulation of the requests and the identifying of the responsible institutions. Requests were sent to the Council of Minitsters, the Ministry of Healthcare, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Executive Environmental Agency, the Road Infrastructure Agency, the Regional Governor of Pernik, the Sofia Municipality, municipalities of Gorna Oryahovitsa, Shumen, Kozloduy, Plovdiv, Yambol, Velingard, the Bulgarian Football Union, etc.
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.