The Golden Key award for a citizen who has most actively exercised their right of information in 2011 was given to Ms. Kalina Pavlova. Ms. Pavlova is an architect from the Black Sea town of Varna and has been extremely consistent and persistent during the past several years in seeking information related to the Urban Development Plan of Varna and the allegedly illegal construction of a seaside alley (the so called First Alley). Kalina Pavlova’s active demand for public information was important for citizens’ participation in the decision making process regarding this issue. She has also systematically reverberated on the case via media outlets.
Mr. Emil Ilchev, a citizen, taxi driver, from the town of Blagoevgrad was recognized with an Honorary Diploma. He has actively used the Access to Public Information Act to obtain information related to decisions of the Municipality of Blagoevgrad and other authorities connected to the permits for the free parking in the paid area downtown, and other decisions of the Municipality Council. He also appeals information refusals in court.
Mr. Georgi Serbezov, a citizen from the town of Plovdiv was also recognized with a Honorary Diploma. He has actively and consistently filed requests for access to information to the municipalities of Plovdiv and Smolian, related to the spending of public money by the municipality and by municipal companies for cats and dogs shelters. Mr. Serbezov has initiated and won on his own court cases against information refusals.