The right to free access to information in the Republic of Northern Macedonia is guaranteed by the Constitution Article 16 paragraph 3 and the freedom to receive and freedom of information was confirmed by the Assembly of the Republic of Northern Macedonia with the adoption of the Law on Free Access to Public Information for the first time in January 2006 with the adoption of the Law on Free Access to Public Information. In accordance with the harmonization of European principles in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Northern Macedonia no. 101 of 2019, a new law was adopted which regulates the conditions, manner and procedure for exercising the right to free access to public information available to state authorities and other bodies and organizations established by law, municipal bodies, the City Skopje and the municipalities in the City of Skopje, institutions and public services, public enterprises, legal entities and natural persons exercising public powers determined by law and activities of public interest, political parties in terms of revenues and expenditures.
Article 8 of the Law on Local Self-Government (Official Gazette of RM no. 05/02) establishes the obligation for municipal bodies, council committees and public services established by the municipality to inform citizens about their work, as well as on plans and programs. At the same time, the municipality is obliged to provide citizens with access to basic information about the services they provide.
According to the legal regulations, a one-stop-shop system was also launched in the Municipality of Delchevo, which enabled citizens to access information on the work of the municipal authorities. That is why the Council of the Municipality of Delchevo adopted a list of public information (at its 17th session). (held on 08.02.2007) according to the legal regulations available to the citizens and submitted upon their Request.
Any legal or natural person who is a citizen of the Republic of Macedonia, a foreign citizen or a stateless person can be an information seeker, and the applicant is not obliged to state why he / she needs the information that is his / her right.
Requests for information are submitted in writing or electronically (email: email@example.com) on a form prescribed by the Commission for Protection of Free Access to Public Information and with the amendments to the Law the submission of a Request is allowed in a way if it is not on the prescribed Form but only if it is titled that it is public information and contains required data for the information seeker, and the information holder is obliged to respond to your request within 30 days of receiving the request. The request is submitted through the archives of the Municipality of Delchevo and by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the person authorized by the mayor for providing public information responds to them in accordance with the legal regulations. If the requester of information is not satisfied with the response to the requested information, he / she can file a complaint to the Commission for Protection of Free Access to Public Information.