In the European Union everyone has a fundamental right of access to information. Access to public information enables citizens, civil society and the media to hold all three branches of power more accountable and therefore it is among foundations of good governance.
This project was aimed at enhancing the rule of law and good governance in Montenegro by increasing transparency of public institutions and reducing corruption. During more than two years long implementation period, it contributed to that by:
- Providing comprehensive, accurate and objective overview of problems in access to information held by public institutions through variety of analyses based on international standards and methodology (better awareness about problems in access to information held by public authorities is described in published analysis);
- Improving legal framework regulating citizens’ right to access public information by developing recommendations based on EU standards and best practices, and advocating for their adoption in cooperation with stakeholders (adopted changes to the Law on Free Access to Information);
- Improving access to information in areas prone to corruption by providing free legal assistance to citizens and NGOs, using variety of legal mechanisms to obtain concrete information, and by advocating for improvements based on practices from other countries (more information on work of institutions in areas prone to corruption is publicly available; most of requested information for citizens, NGOs and media using the Law on Free Access to Information are obtained; obtained information help reveal corruption cases).