NGOs remind government of duties regarding access to public information
The Institute for Mass Information, the Media Law Institute and UA Centre have sent an appeal to the Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Lytvyn regarding the need to ensure implementation of the Law on Access to Public Information.
They stress that unless the authorities receive money and the necessary technical backup, they cannot properly ensure the public’s passive access to information since they don’t have websites or don’t have people to be responsible for posting information on to them.
The Public Information Act was adopted in February and came into effect in May 2011. No money has been allocated in the present Budget to deal with the problems mentioned above.
The appeal makes specific suggestions on ensuring effective implementation of the law. It recommends that software programmes with basic elements of websites and a system for recording public information be ordered at central level for all authorities, even at district level, as well as setting aside money in the State Budget for enforcing the Law on Access to Public Information.