Freedom of information for Germany
Unfortunately Freedom of Information laws in 4 of 16 German "Lander":
no effect on the federal administration and the other 12 "Lander".
I have done an investigation who is responsible for the lack of freedom
of information in Germany: http://home.broadpark.no/~wkeim/I_accuse.htm
In environmental matters freedom of information is implemented in member
states according to a EU Directive 90/313/EEC:
The EU Commission, EU Council and European Parliament could give a
similar directive for Freedom of information in member states.
I hope that the Committee for Petitions of the European Parliament
considers my petition of 27.12.2001:
suggesting to start a consultation process with the German parliament
about Freedom of information for Germans.
11 July 2002: Answer:
From: Courrier Citoyen d'Europe <Civis@europarl.eu.int>
To: Walter Keim <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Freedom of information for Germany
Date: 11. July 2002
Dear Mr Keim,
We acknowledge receipt of your e-mail dated 18 April 2002, in which you write
to the European Parliament about the absence, in the german legislation, of a
general right of access to documents.
It is true that there is no such general right under german law. At federal
level some rules are contained in the Act of 25 May 1976 on administrative
procedure (Article 29 ot the Verwaltungsverfahrensgesetz). In some "Lander"
there are constitutional provisions about access to documents which are
implemented by law, for instance the Act of the Land Brandenburg of 10 March
1998 on access to documents (GVB1 Nr.4 of 19 March 1998) and the Freedom of
Information Act of the Land Berlin (GVB1 Nr.45 of 15 October 1999).
The European Parliament, although it considers very important the freedom of
information and access to public documents, has no authority to interfere
with the legislation of Member States.
With kindest regards,
Jean-Louis A. COUGNON
Chef de division
Courrier du Citoyen
Head of division
Correspondence with the citizen