Free Access to Public Information - More Transparency, Less Corruption: The Case of Republic of Macedonia

Dzamtoska-Zdravkovska, Suzana (2012) Free Access to Public Information - More Transparency, Less Corruption: The Case of Republic of Macedonia. Conference Proceedings-1st International Conference South-East European Countries toward European Integration 20th October 2012 Elbasan – Albania. pp. 157-165. ISSN 2221-5956

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Abstract

The traditional model of not transparent administration today disappears step by step. Citizens are increasingly becoming an equal entity with state institutions which have responsibility to ensure protection of their rights, accountability, openness and transparency in its operations - as the basic principles upon which rests the principle of good governance. Therefore, adoption of a law of free access to public information in many countries in the world which seek to enhance democracy in their societies today is a trend (process) that can not stop. Nowadays, countries that don’t have such a law can not claim that they have full democracy. One of the reasons for passing this law is reducing corruption. Corruption is based on secrecy. Citizens and institutions become corrupted when the public has no insight into their work. If the work of public institutions is transparent and offered for public inspection, then the chance for them to be corrupt is smaller. Republic of Macedonia has adopted the Law of free access to public information in 2006. This paper analyzes the law and its application; the situation in Macedonia after the adoption of the law; concluding that despite some inconsistencies, the law has contributed to increasing transparency and reducing corruption. Keywords: Free access, information, transparency, corruption.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Media and communications
Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Suzana Dzamtoska Zdravkovska
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 13:32
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2014 09:07
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/1494

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