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The right of access to information

10.11.2020.

The right of access to information and the re-use of information are exercised pursuant to the Act on the Right of Access to Information (Zakon o pravu na pristup informacijama) (Official Gazette no. 25/2013).


The aim of the Act is to enable and ensure the exercise of the right of access to information guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, and the re-use of information by physical and legal persons, through the openness and public nature of the work of public authorities.

The right of access to information is founded on the principles of public and free access, timely, complete and accurate information, the principle of equality, the principle of the availability of information and, pursuant to Article 5, paragraph 1, point 5 of the Act, this right "entails the right of a user to request and receive the information, as well as the obligation of the public authorities to provide access to the information requested, that is, to publish the information even when no particular request has been made, when publication stems from their obligation prescribed by law or some other general regulation".

Information, within the meaning of this Act (Article 5, paragraph 1, point 3) is “any data possessed by a public authority, in the form of a document, record, dossier, register or any other form, regardless of how it is presented (written, drawn, printed, recorded, magnetic, optical, electronic or any other record)".

The re-use of information, pursuant to Article 5, paragraph 1, point 6 of the Act "means the use of information from a public authority by a physical or legal person, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, different from the original purpose, within the framework of the public work for which that information was created. The exchange of information between public authorities for the purpose of performing work within their competence shall not be deemed to be re-use".

The right of access to information and re-use of information may be exercised by submitting an application to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, to the Information Officer of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

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