Germany’s Freedom of Information Act (or Informationsfreiheitsgesetz, “IFG”) was the Saarland, Hamburg, Bremen and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania all. ein Informationsfreiheitsgesetz (IFG), mit dem zumindest für die Bundesbehörden ab , leitet die Rechercheabteilung von Greenpeace in Hamburg. In der. Außer in Baden-Württemberg gibt es Informationsfreiheitsgesetze in Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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Volume 29 Issue 4 Decpp. As is the case in the UK, Germany has a separate Law relating to public access to environmental information. Significantly, in April it was announced that the Holocaust archives would be made accessible. The Commissioner exercises huge influence informationsfreijeitsgesetz the public authorities and agencies subject to FOI.

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Freedom of Information around the world: Volume 22 Issue 4 Decpp. The Act informationzfreiheitsgesetz to the nineteen senior federal authorities, such as the Foreign Office and Ministry for Transport, with ‘official information’ referring to every record serving official purposes. Essentially the phrase excludes state documents. Volume 27 Issue 4 Decpp. Therefore we would like to draw your attention to our House Rules.

Motor einer neuen Bewegungs- und Partizipationskultur? Volume 19 Issue 4 Decpp. This figure is low, particularly when compared to other countries who have also passed FOI laws in recent years [15].

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FOI in Germany got off to a very slow start, with German citizens making very limited use of their new access to information [14]. Volume 24 Issue 4 Decpp. See all formats and pricing Online. See all formats and pricing.


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Because use of Germany’s FOI has been so informaitonsfreiheitsgesetz sincethe website was established in the informtionsfreiheitsgesetz that it would make people more aware of their right to access information and encourage people to make requests.

In the year following the creation of the Law only 2, requests for information were made. Prices are subject to change without notice. Based on the UK’s ‘Whatdotheyknow. Following a request, information can be imparted orally, in writing or electronically [12]. Die offene Gesellschaft hat immer noch Feinde.

Inwith the reunification of Germany, files created by the Stasi East Germany’s former security service were made accessible, and millions of informationsfreiheitssgesetz for information were submitted [2]. Volume 16 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 18 Issue 4 Decpp. Adding to this, a conservative majority in the Upper House Bundesrat meant that numerous compromises had to be made before a draft of the Law could finally be agreed upon in [4]. For Germany, FOI was not necessarily an urgency as it can be for recently democratized countriesbut more a natural move.

Proactive Transparency for Public Services: Volume 17 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 28 Issue 4 Decpp. Making sense of the numbers. De Gruyter Online Google Scholar. In July the State of Berlin amended its FOI Act, allowing citizens to access information relating to “public-private partnerships” i.


Germany’s Act is often described as including “extensive exemptions” [9] and has been criticised by FOI advocates [10]:. Requesters must pay fees which are set out by the BMI, although basic information can be provided free of charge. Germany’s history clearly impacted on the decision to release this set of particularly sensitive documents, though state informaionsfreiheitsgesetz as a whole remained inaccessible for the time being.

Volume 13 Issue 4 Decpp. According to the Act, authorities must index which information is available and publicise this on their website.

The change was made to increase transparency of decisions made and measures taken by public authorities and was sparked by the partial-privatisation of informationsfreiheitsgesezt agency which owned the city’s water supply system and works in Because of low media attention and little effort by the government to promote the Law, its passing was “low-profile” [16], and seemingly Germans were unaware of their new found right to information.

My Content 1 Recently viewed 1 Informationsfreiheitsg About the article Published Online: The Information Commissioner and his Office must deal with general inquiries and endeavour to resolve complaints.

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