Minister Saljii participated in a public discussion on the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Character  
     
 

19.12.2017

 
 

Minister of Justice, Bilen Saljii participated today in a public discussion on the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Character, which was organized by the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the Ministry of Information Society and Administration and the Cabinet of the Minister without Portfolio in charge of communications, accountability and transparency in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. 

 

Minister of Justice Saliii, emphasized in his introductory speech that this debate on determining the need for amendments to the Law on Free Access to Public Information is in accordance with the principles that the Government of the Republic of Macedonia advocates, to constantly improve the legislation in the best interest of  citizens. Minister Salji said that this debate reflects the approach for wide consultation with citizens and with their civil society organizations, as well as with all other stakeholders, in order to recognize and accept the most authentic experiences and recommendations coming from those most closely related to the legal solutions, in this case, the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Character. 

 

 

The Minister without Portfolio, responsible for communications, accountability and transparency, Robert Popovski, pointed out that regardless of the fact that by the expert domestic and international public this law is rated as one of the best in the sphere of legislation, the identified weaknesses in its application indicate that arguments are necessary to determine which parts of this law need to be changed. Popovski pointed out that it is very important to determine the weaknesses of certain sections of the public administration that have shown resistance in the implementation of the Law on Free Access to Public Information.

 

In his address,  Deputy Minister of Information Society and Administration, Aleksandar Bajdevski, particularly referred to the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia for active transparency, which means a comprehensive public and easy access to information and documents of public character. The deputy minister of the Ministry for ISA stressed that if the public administration actively applies this transparency, it will largely provide access to information and it will reduce the need for the public to receive this information through an intricate and very often non-functional procedure. 

 

At the today`s debate for determining the need for amendments to the Law on Free Access to  Information, representatives of the civil society and the media, as well as representatives of the public administration, actively participated.

 
     
   
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