SEPTEMBER 27 2012 21:26h
ZAGREB, Sept 27 (Hina) - Croatia adopted the Act on the Right of Access to Information nine years ago and today less than one in two Croatians is aware of the legislation's existence, Transparency International Croatia (TIH) said presenting the findings of a survey conducted among 1,300 respondents.
Commenting on the fact that only 47.5% of those polled said that they knew that there was an Act on the Right of Access to Information and that only 10.8% had requested information from public authorities and public companies, TIH President Nikola Kristic told a news conference in Zagreb on Thursday that "the result is not great, but there has been progress since 2007 when only 29.5% of the Croatians knew about the law."
On 3-4 September the Promocija Plus pollster conducted the survey about how many Croatians were acquainted with the Act on the Right of Access to Information.
Of those 10.8% who requested information, 29.8% said they were satisfied with the answers, which was progress as in 2008 only 4.6% of citizens sought information from public authorities and 26.8% of them said they had received fully satisfactory answers.
Citizens most frequently inquire about how projects are financed from the state or local budgets as well as about social welfare grants, utilities and taxes.