FREEDOM OF ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT FOR BOSNIA AND
HERZEGOVINA

SECTION I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS
Article 1
Purposes
The purposes of this Act are:
a. to acknowledge that information in the control of public authorities is a valuable
public resource and that public access to such information promotes greater
transparency and accountability of those authorities, and is essential to the
democratic process;
b. to establish that every person has a right to access this information to the greatest
extent possible consistent with the public interest, and that public authorities have
a corresponding obligation to disclose information; and
c. to enable every natural person to request the amendment of, and to comment on,
his or her personal information in the control of a public authority.
Article 2
Interpretation
This Act shall be interpreted so as to facilitate and promote the maximum and prompt
disclosure of information in the control of public authorities at the lowest reasonable cost.
Article 3
Definitions
For the purpose of this Act:
1. "information" means any material which communicates facts, opinions, data or
any other content, including any copy or portion thereof, regardless of physical
form, characteristics, when it was created, or how it is classified.
2. "public authority" means any of the following in Bosnia and
Herzegovina:
a.
b.
c.
d.

an executive authority;
a legislative authority;
a judicial authority;
a body appointed or established by law to carry out a public function;

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