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No. 8503, date 30.6.1999

On the right to information over the official documents

In virtue of articles 23 and 17 of the Constitution, on the proposal of the Council of Ministers, the Assembly of the Republic of Albania,

REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA ASSEMBLY DECIDED:

CHAPTER I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1

Scope of the law

The present law guarantees the enjoyment of the right to information on official documents.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of this law:

CHAPTER II

RIGHT TO INFORMATION AND DUTIES OF PUBLIC AUTHORITY

Article 3

Right to information

Everyone is untitled, upon his request, to get information on an official document without being obliged to explain the motives of such request.

Public authorities shall grant any information in relation to an official document, safe when the law provides differently.

Information on an official document, granted to a person, shall not be refused to any other person, excluding the case when this information consists personal data about the person himself, to whom the information was granted before.

Article 4

Limitations

If the requested information on a official document is restricted by another law, the public authority shall provide the requested with a written declaration expressing the reasons of such refusal and/or basic rules on which the requested can get such information.

If the limitation of the information is related to only one part of the official document, the remaining part shall not be refused to the requester.

Article 5

Right to information on subject exercising state functions

Each person enjoy the right to information on the personal data of persons exercising state functions or public services, preserved in a official document, as far these data are related with the qualities requested by law or associated legal acts for the performing of their duties.

Article 6

Quality of information

Public authority shall issue rules and set up structural and practical facilities in order to provide the public with exact, full, speedy and adequate information on official documents.

Article 7

Forms of information granting

The requester shall have in his/her disposal a complete copy of the official document.

Public authority, upon request of the interested party or with his/her initiative, offers the requester other forms of submittal including the oral form. The requester shall express his/her consent in a written form.

Article 8

Official documents available without a public request

Public authorities shall make available to the public in sufficient quantity and appropriate formats, official documents which facilitate the information of public on their activity, such as:

Article 9

Documents prepared in advance

In compliance with the existing legislation, regulations and other publicly known rules, public authority shall make available for review and duplication, in anticipation of any request from the public, the following official documents:

Article 10

Time limits for the acceptance of the request

The public authority decides whether to accept the request within 15 days from its submission. The decision thereon shall be given in written form. In case of full or partial rejection of the request, the public authority shall provide the reasons for such rejection.

Article 11

Time limits for satisfying the request

The public authority shall satisfy the request within 30 (40) days from its acceptance, safe when law provides otherwise.

Article 12

Reinstatements of time limits

When the satisfaction of the request by the public authority, for reasons of:

In both cases the interested party shall express in written his/her consent on the reinstatement of the time limit. If the person, before the first time limit is completed do not confirm his consent, the public authority decide to postpone the time limit.

Article 13

Fees for the supply of information

The supply for information on official documents may be subjected to fees, if such supply causes expenses, public authority may set tariffs which shall be settled before hand.

Fees for ordinary and standardized services are made available to the public. Fees for other services are decided on a case by case basis and are communicated to the interested parties at the moment of acceptance of the request.

The fees shall not exceed the direct costs incurred for the supply of the data. The direct cost shall consist of o the direct material cost incurred for the processing of the requested data.

The data envisaged in article 8, paragraph 1 shall be forwarded free of charge.

Procedures and decisions for the levying of the fees are themselves considered official documents on the meaning of this law.

CHAPTER III

APPEAL

Article 14

General Rule

The violation of the provisions of this law, insofar as it does not qualify as a criminal offence, shall constitute administrative offence and shall be regulated by the provisions of the law "On Administrative Offences".

Article 15

Administrative Appeal

Everybody who believes that his/her rights, as recognized by this law, are infringed, is entitled to lode an administrative appeal.

The procedure for the administrative appeal is provided for by law.

Article 16

Judicial Appeal

Everybody who believes that his/her rights, as recognized by this law, are infringed, is entitled to lodge a judicial appeal.

The procedure for the judicial appeal is provided for by the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure on judicial review of administrative action.

Article 17

Reparation (indemnification)

Everybody is entitled to seek reparation for the infringement of his/her rights , as recognized by this law, if such infringement causes damage.

The procedure on the appeal for reparation is provided for by law.

CHAPTER IV

FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 18

The competencies of the People's Advocate

The People's Advocate is charged on the implementation of this law.

The competencies of the People's Advocate, regarding to the right of information over official documents, are provided by the law No.8454, dated February 4, 1999 "On the People's Advocate"

Article 19

Entry into force

The present law shall come into effect 6 months its publication in the official gazette.

Promulgated by decree No.2409, date 14.7.1999 of the President of the Republic of Albania Rexhep Meidani