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.

Author: Nirn Mikree
Country: Reunion
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Relationship
Published (Last): 4 January 2012
Pages: 104
PDF File Size: 16.74 Mb
ePub File Size: 9.9 Mb
ISBN: 259-7-91450-349-2
Downloads: 52984
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Samurisar

The Act applies to the nineteen senior federal authorities, informationsfreiheitsbesetz as the Foreign Office and Ministry for Transport, with ‘official information’ referring to every record serving official purposes.

Requesters hambueg pay fees which are set out by the BMI, although basic information can be provided free of charge. As is the case in the UK, Germany has a separate Law relating to public access to environmental information. Volume 27 Issue 4 Decpp. Because use of Germany’s FOI has been so minimal sincethe website was established in the hope that it would make people more aware of their right to access information and encourage people to make requests.

The Information Commissioner and his Office must deal with general inquiries and endeavour to resolve complaints. Significantly, in April it was announced that the Holocaust archives would be made accessible. This figure is low, particularly when compared to other countries who have also passed FOI laws in recent years [15].

Blog – FragDenStaat

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]. Volume 20 Issue imformationsfreiheitsgesetz Decpp.

Volume 18 Issue 4 Decpp. A request must be answered within one month of its being made, whether it has been granted or rejected. Most Downloaded Articles Editorial: Volume 13 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 21 Issue 4 Decpp. Volume 26 Issue 4 Informationsfreihetsgesetzpp. Ackerman and Sandoval-Ballesteros suggest that “internal resistances to transparency from within governments” may explain why informaitonsfreiheitsgesetz country is late to adopt FOI Laws, though stress that this area is in need of further research [6].


Prices are subject to change without notice.

Volume 19 Issue 4 Decpp. Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable.


Find us on Google Maps. According to the Act, authorities must index which information is available and publicise this on their website. Volume 14 Issue informatkonsfreiheitsgesetz Decpp. Because of low media attention and little effort by the government to promote the Law, its passing was “low-profile” [16], and seemingly Germans were unaware of their new found right to information. 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.

Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen

By using the comment function on degruyter. Volume 30 Issue 4 Decpp. Whilst Germany signed the Aarhus Convention ininformatoinsfreiheitsgesetz was not ratified, and in had to revise its law in order to compy with EU standards on access to environmental information [11]. Based on the UK’s ‘Whatdotheyknow. Volume 24 Issue 4 Decpp.

Volume 16 Issue 4 Decpp. 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.

Following a request, information can be imparted orally, in writing or indormationsfreiheitsgesetz [12].

Germany | The Constitution Unit – UCL – London’s Global University

Freedom of Information around the world: Volume 29 Issue 4 Decpp. Die offene Gesellschaft hat immer noch Feinde. Therefore we would like to draw your attention to our House Rules.


My Content 1 Recently viewed 1 Informationsfreiheitsg Germany’s Act is often described as including “extensive exemptions” [9] and has been criticised by FOI advocates [10]:. Volume 23 Issue 4 Decpp. However, seven years of delays and conflict were to follow the initial proposal, informationsfreiheitgesetz the Christian Democratic Party arguing that FOI both compromised privacy and would be expensive to maintain. 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].

See all formats and pricing. Motor einer neuen Bewegungs- und Partizipationskultur? User Account Log in Register Help. The Commissioner exercises huge influence over the public authorities and agencies subject to FOI. In July the State of Berlin amended its FOI Act, allowing citizens to access information relating to “public-private partnerships” i. About the article Published Online: For Germany, FOI was not necessarily an urgency as it can be for recently informationsfreiheitagesetz countriesbut more a natural move.

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 De Gruyter Online Google Scholar.