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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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A request must be answered within one month of its being made, whether it has been granted or rejected.

Volume 22 Issue 4 Decpp. Because use of Germany’s FOI has been so minimal sincethe website was established in the hope that it would make people more aware of their right to access information and encourage people to make requests. Making sense of the numbers.

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Motor einer neuen Bewegungs- und Partizipationskultur? For Germany, FOI was not necessarily an urgency as it can be for recently democratized countriesbut more a natural move. Informationsfrsiheitsgesetz Commissioner exercises huge influence over the public authorities and agencies subject to FOI.

See all formats and pricing. In July the State of Berlin amended its FOI Act, allowing citizens to access information relating to “public-private partnerships” i. Germany certainly experienced the “stop-and-go process of FOI reform” [5] seen in hhamburg wealthy and stable democracies. User Account Log in Register Help. Volume 27 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 29 Issue 4 Decpp.

Volume 14 Issue 4 Dec informationsrreiheitsgesetz, pp. 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]. Volume 21 Issue 4 Decpp.


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The Information Commissioner and his Office must deal with general inquiries and endeavour to resolve complaints. Volume 16 Issue 4 Decpp. Based on the UK’s ‘Whatdotheyknow. Volume 19 Issue 4 Decpp. However, seven years of delays and conflict were to follow the initial proposal, with the Christian Democratic Party arguing that FOI both compromised privacy and would be expensive to maintain.

The Act applies 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. Requesters must pay fees which are set out by the BMI, although basic information can be provided free of charge. Germany’s Act is often described as including “extensive exemptions” [9] and has been criticised by FOI advocates [10]:.

Die offene Gesellschaft hat immer noch Feinde. Proactive Transparency for Public Services: Volume 25 Issue 4 Decpp. Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable. The change was made to increase transparency of decisions made and measures taken by public authorities and was sparked by the partial-privatisation of the agency which owned the city’s water supply system and works in Germany’s history clearly impacted on the decision to release this set of particularly sensitive documents, though state documents as a whole remained inaccessible for the time being.


Therefore we would like to draw your attention to our House Rules. FOI in Germany got off to a very slow start, with German citizens making very limited use of their new access to information [14]. Following a request, information can be imparted orally, in writing or electronically [12]. Whilst Germany signed the Aarhus Convention init was not ratified, and in had to revise its law in order to compy with EU standards on access to environmental information [11].

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Each Federal authority decides upon the processes to access information they hold. Within the first year of its creation, FOI was mostly used by private individuals [17], with the media and members of the Bundestag also making some, though informationsfreiheitsgesez many, requests. By using the comment function on degruyter. Germany’s constitution created in and known as the “Basic Law” protects freedom of expression and the right to information found in “generally accessible sources” Article 5 [1].

Volume 13 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 20 Informationsfreiheitsgeaetz 4 Decpp. Volume 30 Issue 4 Decpp. This figure is low, particularly when compared to other countries who have also passed FOI laws in recent years [15].