The panel, including representatives from the Freedom of Information commissioner’s offices from several countries in the region, will discuss main findings of the report: that politics in the Balkans has a significant influence on access to information.
The report is part of BIRN’s ongoing project, A Paper Trail to Better Governance, whose main aim is monitoring access to information and exposing wrongdoing through country-based and cross-border investigations.
Krenare S. Dermaku, Commissioner of the Information and Privacy Agency, Kosovo
Besnik Dervishi, Commissioner for the Right to Information and Personal Data Protection, Albania
Irma Hadžiavdić, Deputy Ombudsperson, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Biljana Božić, Head of Department for Free Access of Information, Montenegro
Cvetan Stanoeski and Makfirete Morina Sulejmani, lawyers, Agency for Protection of the Right to Free Access to Public Information, North Macedonia
Helen Darbishire, Executive Director, Access Info Europe
Shengyl Osmani, author of BIRN’s Freedom of Information in the Western Balkans report in 2021: “No political will, no access, no progress”.
Moderator of the event: Ivan Angelovski, BIRN Investigations Editor
The report will be available on https://bird.tools/publications/ after the official launch event.