The Golden Key award for a citizen who has most actively exercised their right of information was given to Mr. Milen Chavrov from Sofia. Mr Chavrov was recognized with the award for systematic and consistent exercise of the right of access to information to raise awareness on the AIDS in Bulgaria and for the protection of the right of HIV positive people, as well as advocacy for better health policies in this area.
"My biggest contribution for the past year are the trainings for patients' rights organizations to use the Access to Public Information Act in their work. This is a substantial beginning of a process," said Chavrov at the ceremony.
Interview with Milen Chavrov is published in AIP newsletter issue 9(141) for September 2015: More Cooperation Between the FOI Advocates Will Make Us Stronger (in Bulgarian).
An honorary diploma was given to Mr. Krasimir Rusev from the town of Targovishte for his active and persistent use of the Access to Public Information Act to obtain information about the work of the Municipality of Targovishte, contracts for selling municipal properties.
"I am continuing the fight. My dream is Targovishte to become a house of glass," Krasimir Rusev shared at the ceremony.
Mr. Ivan Petrov from the city of Sofia received an Honorary Diploma for his long-term use of the APIA, including litigation. As a result of his persistency and consistency in exercising his right to information, the Sofia Municipality has changed its disclosure and transparency practices.
"Thank you, AIP, for the patience and the help that you provide to the requestors, in order to achieve living in that house of glass,", Ivan Petrov said.