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A Range of Activities for the Right to Know Day in Bulgaria 2017

The Access to Information Programme (AIP) launches a number of events to mark the Right to Know Day on September 28, 2017 in Bulgaria


15th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony

The AIP will hold the 15th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria to present the “Golden Key” awards to citizens, journalists, and NGOs, who have actively exercised their right of access to information and public authorities with good transparency practices. Institutions with bad transparency practices receive the “Padlock” anti-award, while absurd practices are recognized with the “Tied Key” anti-award.


45 nominees are competing in the six categories. The media outreach has been escalating.


In 2017, the RKD Awards Ceremony is possible thanks to the funds raised by the AIP via the platform Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/irtkd2017-Bulgaria/x .


The 2017 RKD Awards Ceremony will be held on 28 September 2017 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm (EET) at the Literature Club Peroto (Sofia – National Palace of Culture).



Access to Information in Bulgaria 2016 Report Launched in English

In the eve of the 15th Right to Know Day, the AIP launches the English translation of the report on the Access to Information in Bulgaria 2016. The 17th AIP report was presented at a press conference held in the Bulgarian News Agency on May 17, 2017 and contains:

  • recommendations related to the access to information legal framework and its implementation;
  • assessment of the regulations in the access to information area;
  • analysis of the results from the assessment of the proactive transparency of 566 institutions for 2017;
  • analyses of the access to information cases referred to AIP for legal help and consultation during 2016;
  • tendencies in the court practices on access to information cases in 2016 and summaries of cases in which AIP has provided court representation.

The report also contains 7 Annexes and can be downloaded from the AIP web site: http://www.aip-bg.org/en/publications/annualreports/.


Visualized data on the implementation of the Access to Public Information Act in Bulgaria

The visualization of data on the implementation of the Access to Public Information Act is based on the data published in the government reports “The State of the Administration” 2001 – 2016 (in Bulgarian).


The data was analyzed by the AIP Executive Director Gergana Jouleva: http://www.aip-bg.org/en/legislation/APIA_Implementation/205704/.


The visualization is possible due to the assistance of an expert from the platform Tableau.









10th International Conference of Information Commissioners Resolution

On the occasion of the Right to Know Day, the AIP releases a translation in Bulgarian of the Resolution on the Right of Access to Information and Accountability of Public Services adopted at the 10th ICIC held in Manchester, UK on 20 September 2017.

The AIP Executive Director Gergana Jouleva and the Head of the AIP Legal Team Alexander Kashumov was among the participants in the ICIC Civil Society Event and in the ICIC Open Conference Day.


In 2017, the AIP is also among the participating FOIAnet members in the SDG 16.10.2 assessment.


28 September – International Right To Know Day
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