It took nearly 4 years for the citizen who submitted a request for free access to information to have his request re-considered for response. The information request concerned the following: “How many cases in the course of 2006 and 2007 included use of special investigation measures?"
The Administrative Court needed two years to confirm the negative decision taken by the Commission. However, hopeful is the fact that after nearly four years the Supreme Court found that the Administrative Court’s ruling is unlawful! The Supreme Court is the only authority that believes access to information is a rule, rather than exception.
Praise is due for such behaviour on the part of the Supreme Court, in particular considering that access to information in Macedonia has been reduced to institutions’ ignorance thereto. In 2010, as many as 68% of appeals lodged in front of the Commission were made on the grounds of administration’s silence.
The press release is available here.