Responding to the New Demand for Freedom of Information
April 8, 2010 – April 8, 2013
Financed by America for Bulgaria Foundation
The America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) assists in building and strengthening a vibrant market economy and democratic society in Bulgaria, helping the country to realize its full potential as a successful, modern European nation. Founded in 2008, the ABF is a successor to the Bulgarian American Enterprise Fund, an investment fund created by the U.S. government acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development. The grants provided by ABF will build on the legacy of goodwill and friendship that exists between the American people and the citizens of Bulgaria.
The goals of the project are to:
- Improve the provision, flow and quality of AIP services on local, national levels, to information seekers and international networks;
- Raise public awareness on new standards in the access to information area and develop tools for self education of information seekers to exercise their right to know;
- Advocate for implementation of new standards in the access to information area.
1. Development and integration of a new design and structure of AIP web site
2. Monitoring and comments on access to information legislation and practice; initiation of debates on problematic issues through the enhanced web-resources
3. Proactive legal help provided electronically
4. Dissemination and exchange of knowledge about FOI rights in local and international networks
AIP presented the Annual Report Access to Information in Bulgaria 2012
On March 28, 2013 Access to Information Programme presented its annual report Access to Information in Bulgaria 2012 at a presconference in the Bulgarian News Agency. The thirteen report contains:
- recommendations for facilitating the access to information and increasing the transparency and accountability of the public administration;
- detailed analysis of the effective access to information legislation with a focus on proactive publication of information; control and oversight of the law implementation; precision of exemptions; the provision of information by e-mail; assisting of requestors;
- results from the 2013 AIP audit on the active disclosure of public information online by the executive bodies;
- analyses of the access to information cases referred to AIP for legal help and consultation during 2012;
- an overview of the most interesting developments in the FOI litigation in 2012, including summaries of cases in which AIP has provided court representation.
.The Report is published with the financial support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation in the framework of the project Responding to the New Demand for Freedom of Information.
AIP Held the Annual Meeting with the Journalists of its Country-Wide Coordinators' Network
On February 15, 2013 in Sofia, Access to Information Programme (AIP) held the annual meeting with the journalists of its country-wide coordinators' network. AIP Executive Director Gergana Jouleva presented key achievements from AIP advocacy activities in 2012, summarized in AIP organizational annual report (in Bulgarian). The 2013 goals and challenges before AIP and the coordinators' network were outlined.
AIP presented the Coordinator of the Year award to Krastina Marinova, AIP coordinator in Varna for her active cooperation with civil gorups in the City of Varna with regard to access to information issues and covering their initiatives in 2012. Interview with Marinova was published in AIP monthly FOI Newsletter for February 2013 (in Bulgarian).
The meeting was held with the financial support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation within the project Responding to the New Demand for Freedom of Information.
On May 04, 2011 AIP held a presconference in the Bulgarian News Agency to present its annual report Access to Information in Bulgaria 2010.
The eleventh access to information report contains:
- recommendations for facilitating the access to information and increasing the transparency and accountability of public administration;
- detailed analysis of the existing FOI legislation and ammendments during 2010.
- results from the AIP assesment on the online publication of certain categories of information by the administrative structures of the executive power;
- analyses of the access to information cases referred to AIP for legal help and consulation during 2010;
- an overview of the most interesting developments in the FOI litigation in 2010, including summaries of cases in which AIP has provided court representation.
The focus of the report is the active publication of information, the need for control over the implementation of the obligations and sactions for failure to comply with the requirements of the law.
The Report is published with the financial support of the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Trust) in the framework of the project Support to Access to Information Programme as a Freedom of Information Civic Resource Center (FOICRC), and America for Bulgaria Foundation within the framework of the project Responding to the New Demand for Freedom of Information – both implemented by Access to Information Programme.
||AIP launched its updated web site
AIP web site is with a new design, dynamic content, interactive structure and improved navigation within the information and training materials. The specialized section How to get access? contains an interactive handbook with practical guidance on how citizens to search and obtain information from obliged institutions. The updated web site is connected with AIP blog Access Point and has the social networks sharing option. The update of AIP web site is within the project Responding to the New Demand for Freedom of Information, supported by a grant from the America for Bulgaria Foundation.
Right to Know Day 2010
The eighth annual Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria was held on September 28, 2010 at 5 p.m. in the National Press Center of the Bulgarian News Agency (49 Tsarigradsko shose Blvd) in Sofia.
The awards committee chose the winners in six categories out of 45 collected nominations.
See pictures from the ceremony on AIP Facebook page.
The organization and holding of the 2010 Right to Know Day in Bulgaria is supported by a grant from the America for Bulgaria Foundation and from the Trust for Civil Society in CEE.
AIP communication officer, Diana Bancheva, completed a six-weeks fellowship with the purpose of exchange of experience with the National Security Archive, Washington, USA (May 29 – July 10).