12 April 2011

Bulgaria: Freedom Of Information Or Purposive Opaqueness?

This is a screenshot of Bulgaria’s commercial register’s website.
The interesting thing about it is that anyone (to the extent he or she can navigate in Bulgarian) may access it and search for company related information.
No other restrictions.
Well, not exactly as soon there will be some.
Owing to a current legislative initiative the register is very likely to compete with below info column in terms of free and transparent information access.

Freedom of Information?photo © 2006 Ian Parkes | more info (via: Wylio)

Believe it or not, but this initiative is driven by a political party holding the name

Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (link)

Whether in an attempt to create an association with their party’s name or not, but said party’s representatives reason and defend the planned restrictions with “well-proven and tested European practices”. As one may expect, they still owe a detailed explanation as to what practices they have meant.

Mrs Iskra Fidosova (MP), chair of the justice committee and advocate of the restricted access.

It’s the data protection, stupid

This move would halt the more and more frequent cases of abuse of personal data, explained the guy below.

Mr Emil Radev (MP), proposer of the initiative.

However, according to the Access to Information Programme (AIP), an NGO, there is no actual proof that such abuses have increased after the introduction of the register in early 2008.
Not only this, but AIP stresses on the importance of the register for the purposes of journalistic investigations. The latter is of a particular relevance since the vast capital invested in Bulgaria during the last decade is considered of unclear provenance.

Whose data privacy

do the Bulgarian politicians care for?

Maybe for that of the mysterious 26-year-old entrepreneur whose one-month-old company allegedly enabled him to spend some 162 Million Euro on the bankrupt steel plant Kremikovtzi?


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Comments (2)

  1. 13 April 2011
    Genaro said...

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  2. 16 April 2011
    Erica Trisdale said...

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