On March 16, 2010, at a press conference at the Bulgarian News Agency, AIP and Market LINKS presented the results from two surveys:
Assessment of the Internet sites of the institutions from the point of view of the Access to Public Information Act; and
Representative public opinion poll on public attitudes regarding the right of access to information.
AIP performed the assessment of the institutional web sites within 10.02.2010 - 02.03.2010 with the purpose to evaluate the implementation of the obligations under Art. 15a of the Access to Public Information Act for online publication of certain categories of information by the executive power bodies at a central, regional, and lical level. Pursuant to the December 2008 amendments to the APIA, the period for preparation ended in December 2009. AIP has reviewed 499 web sites out of a total of 511. Comparative results from the assessment of institutional web sites performed by AIP in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010.
Analysis of the results is available in AIP annual report Access to Information in Bulgaria 2009.
A second wave of a representative public opinion poll on public attitudes regarding the right of access to information was performed by Market LINKS at the demand of AIP in February 2010. Results are available here.
The first wave of thenational representative public opinion poll was performed in September 2008 among adult Bulgarian population, as well as among Bulgarian journalists from electronic and printed media. You can read the summary of the results and also see the main results.
The two surveys were performed with the support of the Trust for Civil Society in CEE within the project Support to Access to Information Programme as a Freedom of Information Civic Resource Center.