The “transparent” Government is actually the most silent institution in our country. It seems that the Government’s leading position in the top list of isolated institutions is more than deserved. The administration of Nikola Gruevski did not have the courtesy to reply to a single question of the citizens even after a year since practicing the Law on free access to public information! The government departments for culture, health, defense, diplomacy and education cannot be praised for their openness either.
The Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia, in cooperation with 14 NGOs, observed the realization of the right on free access to information of public character during the first year of its implementation.
On Friday, 31st of August, 2007, a press-conference on the following topic - One year later: Report on the implementation of the Free Access to Information of Public Character Law will be held by the Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia, in cooperation with its partners in the Implementation of the Free Access to Information Project. The press-conference will take place at the NGO Infocenter office.
The third work meeting on the “Improvement of the implementation of the Law on free access to information of public character, the Law on safety of classified information and the Law on protection of personal data” was held yesterday, organized by the Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia (FOSIM). Good examples as well as the challenges in the implementation process of these three laws were discussed and identified at the meeting.
According to the changes in the Law on protection of personal data that are being drafted by the Ministry of justice, the Directorate for protection of personal data will charge fines up to 5.000 EUR for legal entities and up to 2.000 EUR for natural persons in cases where the law is being offended. PhD Ana Pavlovska – Daneva announced this yesterday during the meeting with the journalists at the Faculty of Law.
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