Transparency and openness of a country are a necessary assurance to stem the spread of corruption in the public sector. It is evidently no coincidence the countries which have traditionally been most open, are countries with the lowest level of corruption.
With a thorough, persistent and straightforward work of all access to public information bodies, Slovenia aims to further improve its standing on the worldwide county corruption list. The amendment of the Access to Information Act can serve as an excellent basis for such a task. And precisely this openness is the emphasis of the new amended Act, and should be regarded as a necessary precondition, which in itself cannot serve other than public interest.
Slovenia is a member of the European Union since May 2004 and therefore our citizens can also demand access to public information from European parliament, European Commission and Council of Europe.
Legal basis for access to "European" public information are the following documents:
- Directive 2003/4/ES on access to environmental information
- Aarhus Convention
- Regulation on access to public information for EU Parliament, Council and Commission (Reg. 1049/2001)
Other relevant documents and web pages:
If your request is refused, or the deadlines are not respected, you can file a complaint to the European Ombudsman.
Check also EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights (Article 42).