Ukrainian authorities are going to continue improving the mechanisms for access to public information, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said at the opening of the 64th World Newspaper Congress and the 19th World Editors Forum, the President’s press service informs.

Yanukovych noted that in May of this year, the government submitted to the Parliament a bill on increasing administrative responsibility of officials for violation of the principles of access to public information.

"According to the authoritative international rating of laws guaranteeing the right to information, the law of Ukraine on access to public information is included in the top ten of the laws of 89 world countries," Yanukovych said.
The President noted that for the year the law has been effective, the executive authorities have answered to more than 33.000 requests for information.

In May 2012, a draft law was submitted to the Parliament that proposes to amend the Code of Administrative Offences, the Criminal and Civil Codes, the Code of Administrative Procedure, and other 53 laws. Yanukovych stressed that these changes are to provide a significant strengthening of the responsibility for violations of the law, as well as reduced production in cases of appeal against inaction of officials in considering of request for information.

In addition, Yanukovych said that the law on the principles of prevention and combating corruption is to be amended. The Unified State Register of perpetrators, committed acts of corruption, will be created. He added that the Register is requested to publish at the official website of the Justice Ministry.

"Thus, the public institutions in Ukraine have become more transparent and open to the public through a new mechanism of ensuring access to public information," he said.

The President also thanked the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and the World Editors Forum for support and evaluation of efforts of the authorities to protect journalists and citizens' right to free access to information

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