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
- Commission's Decision on rules for cccess to public information
- Regulation on access to public information for EU Parliament, Council and Commission (Reg. 1049/2001)
- 2001/264/EC: Council Decision of 19 March 2001 adopting the Council's security regulations
- The Commission's provisions on security
- Directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (95/46/EC)
If you wish to gain access to public documents which are in the possesion of European Parliament you can find detailed guidelines and relevant addresses for submitting the demand here.
Other relevant documents and web pages:
- Guidelines for access to information for all European institutions
- Search link for European Parliament documents
- e document request for European Parliament
- access to Council of Europe documents
- access to European Commission documents
- access to European Ombudsman documents
- access to Council of European Union documents
Check also EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights (Article 42).