September 28th is celebrated as the International Day of Free Access to Information. Right to access to information is considered one of the fundamental human rights in all democratic countries and is guaranteed by the Constitution and relevant international documents. Right to free access to information allows citizens to have control over legality of work of the authorities, over spending money from the budget, which prevents unintentional management of trusted funds; it also uncompromisingly narrows the opportunity for possible abuse of power as well as corruption. On this day, the right of Montenegrin citizens is being promoted, and Montenegro as a society that inherits diversities is an active participant in all important decisions and processes.
The importance of Law on Free Access to Information is reflected in the fact that it represents key mechanism for prevention of corruption, unlawful spending of public funds from the budget of Montenegro. It is also mirror of transparency of the society, which tries to achieve the standards in this area, with aim of establishing the rule of law.
The transparency of state and local institutions is crucial in fighting corruption, so the right to free access to information is a condition for combating corruption and a path to openness of the society. The transparency and accountability of authorities we encourage is a measure of democracy of the society that we seek to make open and for the state use to be in service of the citizens.
The Agency for Personal Data Protection and Free Access to Information will on September 28th 2018 open her door to all users of the Law in order to learn about achieved results and to provide legal assistance to citizens in the process of exercising the right to free access to information.
AGENCY FOR PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION
AND FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION