“In our work we are often confronted with the fact that the person requesting for access to the public information does not understand that in fact appeals to the authorities through the mechanism of citizen appeal. This is a completely different context, the procedure and most important – results. We have a problem with the expectations which are formed by the lack of understanding of the nature of request for access, “- notes Victoria Kononchuk, a representative of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights – the Deputy Head of the Department on compliance with the right of access to information and the right to appeal and speaker on training for public activists on access to public information, organized by Media Law Institute with the support of UNDP in Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
Training on Access to Public Information which was held on November 5-6 in Kiev has had the aim to prepare activists -defenders of the right of access to public information. It is pleasant to note that most of the participants who came from all over Ukraine were practitioners, activists have repeatedly submitted requests and know from their own expeience what needs to be done to improve efficiency of legislation on access to public information.