Despite the fact that Greece has in place a decent RTI law our involvement in this project made it apparent that effectively it is not being implemented. Vouliwatch lodged three requests addressed to three different Ministries and all we got back was an acknowledgment of receipt from the Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-governance. The deadline for responding to requests as stipulated by the law was therefore not kept.
What is more, our experience showed us that there is neither the necessary administrative infrastructure (i.e. a relevant department, staff training) nor a clear methodology for dealing with right to information requests lodged by the public. In fact the requests that Vouliwatch lodged were sent via e-mail to addresses that were acquired after numerous phone calls to various ministerial departments. Therefore not only there is a serious lack of administrative infrastructure but also of information available to the public on how to go about exercising what in the end of the day is a constitutional right.
This is perhaps the most worrying finding of all as it most definitely acts as a deterrent for citizens wishing to gain access to public information.
WHAT WE FOUND PROACTIVELY PUBLISHED
Appointments diaries of public officials
Minutes of meetings (including meetings within government or between government and outside interests)
Document justifying the particular decision taken
Documents submitted by lobbyists and external interest groups
Documents submitted to a public consultation (if held)
Simplification of the licensing process for the commencement of business activities
Open availability and further use of documents, information and data of the public sector
Civil partnership agreement, exercise of rights and criminal provisions
Information which was proactivelly published.
Information which was not proactivelly published.
WHAT WAS DISCLOSED VIA REQUESTS
Minutes of meetings
Legislative Committe: drafting law on Open Data and Access to Information
Legislative Committe: drafting law on Civil Partnership
INFO NOT HELD
Legislative Committe: drafting law on Business Licensing Simplification
ADMIN. SILENCE Requests in which the public authority did not answer (administrative silence) INFO NOT HELD Requests in which the public authority did not hold the requested information