Victory in Court. The State Cannot Hide Information about the Official (Rent-Free) Apartments of MPs

On October 5, 2023, CEDEM received a positive ruling from the ECHR in a case that lasted more than 10 years!

The European Court of Human Rights sided with the Ukrainian journalist Kateryna Avramchuk, who challenged the refusal to provide her with information about the official (rent-free) apartments of the MPs of Ukraine.

CEDEM, which deals with the access to public information in Ukraine, provided full legal support to the case.

According to the ECHR ruling, the refusal to provide the journalist with information is a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Tetiana Oleksiiuk, vice-president and representative of Ukraine at the Access Info Group a group of specialists under the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents, who accompanied this case, explained why this decision is important for society:

“The ruling once again draws attention to the issue of transparent and fair use of public funds. Again, the ECHR notes that the names of persons who receive public funds cannot be classified”.