Montenegro Plan to Open Public Records Doubted

7 April 2016

Montenegro’s plans to rewrite its Freedom of Information Act are drawing criticisms, according to an article by Dusica Tomovic of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

“Montenegro is reforming its Freedom of Information Act in line with EU demands – but some NGOs suspect access to public records will stay limited due to a lack of political will,” according to the BIRN report.

The proposed changes in a draft law proposed by the Culture Ministry will include higher penalties and an increase in the number of offenses that can be sanctioned. It would mandate publication of most government information proactively. But it also maintains restrictions concerning confidentiality and personal data protection.

The nongovernmental organization MANS is quoted as saying that Montenegro has a solid regulation when it comes to free access to information but implementation remains the problem.

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