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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Germany’s Act is often described as including “extensive exemptions” [9] and has been criticised by FOI advocates [10]:.

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. 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.

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In July the State of Berlin amended its FOI Act, allowing citizens to access information relating to “public-private partnerships” i. Following a request, information can be imparted orally, in writing or electronically [12]. In the year following the creation of the Law only 2, requests for information were made. A respectful treatment of one infodmationsfreiheitsgesetz is important to us.


User Account Log in Register Help. 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].


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.

FOI in Germany got off to a very slow start, with German citizens making very limited use of their new access to information [14]. For Germany, FOI was not necessarily an urgency as it can be for recently democratized countriesbut more a natural move. The Information Commissioner and his Office must deal with general inquiries and endeavour to resolve complaints.

Volume 29 Issue 4 Decpp. Based on the UK’s ‘Whatdotheyknow. About the article Published Online: Volume 14 Issue 4 Decpp. This figure is low, particularly when compared to other countries who have also passed FOI laws in recent years [15].

Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable. My Content 1 Recently viewed 1 Informationsfreiheitsg Each Federal authority decides upon the processes to access information they hold. Volume 23 Issue 4 Decpp. Proactive Transparency for Public Services: Volume 26 Issue 4 Decpp.

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Volume 24 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 27 Issue 4 Decpp. Requesters must pay fees which are set out by the BMI, although basic information can be provided free of charge. 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 not many, requests. 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 Making sense of the numbers.


Volume 22 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 28 Issue 4 Decpp.

Motor einer neuen Bewegungs- und Partizipationskultur? Volume 25 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume informationsfreiheitsyesetz Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 18 Issue 4 Decpp. Inwith the reunification of Germany, files created by the Stasi East Germany’s former security service were made accessible, and millions of requests for information were submitted [2].

Furthermore, by publicising all responses to requests, the website will make information accessible to all not just the requester at the same time as easing the burden on public authorities.

Find us on Google Maps. Freedom of Information around the world: Volume 16 Issue 4 Decpp. 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].

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