Access to Information Programme
Information Published by Bulgarian Institutions on their Own Initiative

Report from a study of Internet sites of public institutions in Bulgaria

 
In 2006, the Bulgarian APIA does not explicitly oblige public institutions to regularly publish information on their own initiative on their websites. The aim of this study, which was conducted by AIP between February 20 and March 5 of 2006, was to check how local government authorities and institutions of the executive branch make use of the Internet to publish important information on their own initiative and whether citizens are assisted when seeking information on the official institutional websites. 411 public institutions were selected for review from the official Register of Administrative Structures, broken down by type:


Institutions reviewed Number
Municipalities 264
Ministries 17
State Agencies 10
State commissions 4
Executive agencies 38
Institutions established by an act of Parliament 50
Regional governors 28

 
We believe that the study is representative enough, since it covers all ministries, all regional governors, all municipalities and most of the other administrative structures in Bulgaria.


The main task of the seven reviewers from the AIP team was to find out whether each institution maintained its own Internet site. Official web sites were maintained by 281 institutions.


Does the institution maintain its own official web site 2006
Municipalities 157
Ministries 16
State agencies 9
State commission 4
Executive Agencies 31
Institutions established by an act of Parliament 38
Regional governors 26
Total: 281

 
The survey results summarized in the table above show that a greater percentage of the central government institutions maintain their own websites, when compared to the local government institutions.
 
Results and analysis is part of AIP annual report Access to Information in Bulgaria 2005.