Access to preliminary research reports, application
forms, and cost/benefit analyses of ISPA financed projects
Environmental Association For the Earth vs. The Ministry
First Instance—administrative court case No. 1621/2004,
Sofia City Court, Panel ˛˛˛-v
The environmental Association For the Earth submitted a written request
to the Ministry of Finance (MF), demanding access to copies of the following
documents—preliminary research reports, application forms, cost and benefit
analyses of two ISPA financed projects – Highway Lulin, and the Regional
Depot for common, construction and dangerous wastes in the town of Russe.
In a response to the request, the MF issues a decision for partial access
to the requested documents—the preliminary research reports of the two
projects. The rest of the requested information has been refused.
The decision of the MF, in its part that denies access to the requested
information, has been challenged before the court with the argument that
no grounds have been given for the refusal.
Development at the First Instance:
In 2005, three court sessions have been held and three times the proceedings
have been stayed for the submission of evidence and elimination of procedural
impediments to the consideration of the case on the merits.
A court session is scheduled for February 2006.