The right of access to information and re-use of information is exercised in accordance with the Act on the Right of Access to Information (Official Gazette 25/2013, 85/2015).
The objective of the Act is to enable and ensure the exercise of the right of access to information, and the re-use of information, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, to all natural and legal persons, through openness and publicity of the work of public authorities.
The right of access to information is based on the principles of publicity and free access, timeliness, completeness and accuracy of information, the principle of equality, and the principle of use of information. In addition, pursuant to Article 5, paragraph 1, item 5 of the Act, “it encompasses the right of the beneficiaries to seek and acquire information, as well as the obligation of the public authority to enable access to the requested information or to disclose information regardless of the request, when so required by the law or other regulations”.
Information, within the meaning of the said Act (Article 5, paragraph 1, item 3), is “any information held by the public authority in the form of a document, record, file, register, regardless of the manner of its representation (written, drawn, printed, recorded, magnetic, optical, electronic or any other format), created by the body independently or in cooperation with other bodies, or received from another person, which arose within the scope or in connection with the organization and work of the public authority”.
Re-use of information, within the meaning of Article 5, paragraph 1, item 6 of the Act, means “the use of the public authority information by a natural or legal person, for commercial or non-commercial purposes different from the original purpose for which such information was created, which is realized within the framework of the law or other regulation of a specific scope, or business that is generally considered a public work. Exchange of information between public authorities in order to perform tasks within their competence is not considered re-use”.
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