Public authorities are obliged to publish, ex officio and on a pro-active basis, information important for their work and organization. This legal obligation is based on the principle that citizens have the right to know how they decide on their behalf and what the results and outcomes of those decisions or, for example, how the public authorities spend public money.
Public authorities are required to publish a large part of their information on their work on their official website, in an easily searchable way and in a machine readable form, as stipulated in Article 10, paragraph 1 of the Right of Access to Information Act. The proper fulfillment of the obligation of proactive disclosure of information, which represents a specific foundation for the transparency of the work of the public authorities, has a double effect: the greater the degree of its fulfillment, the smaller the number of individual requests for access to information, which facilitates the work of the public authorities; Also, the need for additional administration and engagement of information officers regarding the processing of requests for access to information is diminished, since in the case of disclosed information, the public authority body of the beneficiary should be informed that the information is publicly disclosed and provided with a link to the information published on the web site. And most importantly – users gain access quickly, free and effectively and in the same way.
Article 10 of the Law provides the information that the public authorities should publish on their website, which can be fundamentally divided into several groups, with the aim of achieving:
For more information on which information public authorities have an obligation to publish on an internship page and how to find it, please refer to the Implementation Guidelines of Article 10 of the CPWA and other guidelines and guidelines available here: Instructions, Guidelines, Forms
Every legal and natural person has the right to contact the Commissioner if he or she notices that the public authority does not disclose information in accordance with the Law. The Information Commissioner within the scope of inspection supervision specifically monitors to what extent the public authority body fulfills the obligations of proactive disclosure of information. Public authorities are referring to the application of a self-assessment questionnaire quality enhancement tool available here Documents and publications