The research aimed to assess how open is newly elected public administration to scrutiny by citizens and the extent to which FOIA law is implemented. The testing process was conducted in 10 municipalities in the country, engaging both journalists and citizens in exerting their right to access to official information. Overall, after application, 63% of the applicants received an answer, while citizens are still less favoured than journalists in receiving information.
The research also contains a section identifying the main trends and standards regarding international standards that regulate access to information. In addition, a summary of findings from previous studies, monitoring, and practices of other civil society organizations that have worked on and tested access to information is included, seeking to have a more complete picture of the legal and factual situation. The research was supported by Public Relations Office with the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.