Annex B: Access to Information Laws in the 40 of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe

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Country Name of the Act Date of adoption (other) Year
Albania Law on the Right to Information over the Official Documents Law in Albanian 1999
Armenia Law on Freedom of Information (unofficial translation) Law in Armenian 2003
Austria Duty to Grant Information Act Auskunftspflichtgesetz, BGBl Nr.287 Law in German (and English) 1987
Belgium Belgian Constitution (See Article 32) Law on the right of access to administrative documents – no English translation Law in French and Flemish 1994
Bosnia and Herzegovina Freedom of Access to Information Act (unofficial translation) 2000
Bulgaria Access to Public Information Act 2000
Croatia Act on the Right of Access to Information Law in Croatian 2003
Czech Republic Law on Free Access to Information Law in Czech 1999
Denmark Access to Public Administration Files Act (No. 572 of 1985) Law in Danish 1985
Estonia Public Information Act Law in Estonian 2000
Finland Act on the Openness of Government Activities Law in Finnish 1999
France The Right of Access to Administrative Documents Law in French 1978
Georgia Law of Georgia “On Freedom of Information” – The General Administrative Code of Georgia (See Chapter 3) 1999
Germany Federal Act Governing Access to Information held by the Federal Government - (Freedom of Information Act) Law in German 2005
Greece Code of Administrative Procedure Law in Greek 1999
Hungary Act LXIII OF 1992 on the Protection of Personal Data and the Publicity of Data of Public Interest Law in Hungarian 1992
Iceland Information Act (No. 50/1996) Law in Icelandic 1996
Ireland Freedom of Information Act 21 April 1997, entered into force 21 April 1998 Law in Gaeilge 1997
Italy New provisions on administrative procedure and right to access to administrative documents, Law 241/90 Law in Italian 1990
Kosovo Law on Access to Official Documents Law in Albanian Law in Serbian 2003
Latvia Freedom of Information Law Law in Latvian 1998
Liechtenstein Information Act Law in German 1999
Lithuania Law on Provision of Information to the Public (No. I-1418) 2 July 1996 Law in Lithuanian 1996
Macedonia Law on Free Access to Public Information Law in Macedonian 2006
Moldova Law on Access to Information Law in Moldovan/Romanian 2000
Montenegro Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance 2005
Netherlands Act on Public Access to Government Information 1978
Norway Freedom of Information Act (No.69, 1970) Law in Norwegian 1970
Poland Act on Access to Public Information 2001
Portugal Law of Access to Administrative Documents Law in Portuguese 1993
Romania Law Regarding the Free Access to the Information of Public Interest (No. 544) Law in Romanian 2001
Russia Law on Providing Access to Information on the Activities of State Bodies and Bodies of Local Self-Government Law in Russian 2009
Serbia Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance 2003
Slovakia Act on Free Access to Information and Amendments of Certain Acts Law in Slovak (and English) 2000
Slovenia Act on the Access to Information of Public Character Law in Slovene 2003
Sweden Freedom of the Press Act 1766
Switzerland Transparency Law Law in German Law in French Law in Italian 2004
Turkey Law on the Right to Information (No. 4982) Law in Turkish 2003
Ukraine Law on Public Access to Information Law in Ukrainian 1992
UK Freedom of Information Act

2000

Administrative law provisions on FOI


Spain Law No. 30/1992 of November 26 governing administrative procedures
1992


 

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