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Serbia: Poverenik issues statement addressing complaints received regarding right to access information

The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection ('Poverenik') issued, on 2 September 2022, a statement addressing the abuse of the right to access information and complaints made to Poverenik. In particular, Poverenik noted that five related persons from Vranje, in the period from 1 August 2022 until 2 September 2022, filed 4,614 complaints in the area of ​​access to information. Moreover, Poverenik highlighted that the events in question represent a serious abuse of the right to access information, contrary to the Law on Protection of Personal Data 2018 (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, No. 87/2018.

Furthermore, Poverenik provided that, out of 4,614 complaints received, Poverenik resolved 1,431 complaints. Additionally, for all resolved complaints, it was determined that these were not founded and that the public authorities to which the requests were submitted actually acted on those requests.

You can read the statement, only available in Serbian, here.