Access to public information in Ukraine: achievements and challenges between adoption of the Law and the present day

12 Mar 2019 24 pages
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POLICY BRIEF

Adoption of well-structured, comprehensible and high-quality legislation on access to public information in 2011 became an essential step towards the development of transparent and accountable government, countering corruption and ensuring progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine. 

However, these efforts took a long time and faced numerous obstacles. Several challenges still remain to be resolved. Some of these challenges can be addressed by improving the legislation, but most of them require all participants in the process to perform their statutory duties in a more careful and precise manner.

This policy brief is intended to provide a general overview of the current state of implementation of legislation on access to public information, as well as to identify the challenges in the field and make recommendations.

This publication is prepared under the Human Rights for Ukraine (HR4U) project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark during 2019-2023.

The opinions, attitudes, and assessments contained in the report do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the United Nations Development Programme or other UN Agencies.

The author: Tetiana Oleksiyuk, UNDP expert on access to public information

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