Following the formal Review of the 2014 Public Information Policy, the Bank is pleased to announce its new 2019 Access to Information Policy and Directive on Access to Information, both of which will come into effect in 2020.
The new 2019 Access to Information Policy and Directive were approved by the EBRD Board of Directors on 25 April 2019 and by the EBRD President on 26 April 2019 respectively. They will come into effect on 1 January 2020. The Policy will be reviewed in 2024. The Directive can be reviewed as and when needed, but at least annually at the time of preparation of the annual implementation report on the Policy.
The Access to Information Policy sets out the EBRD’s commitment to transparency and disclosure based on the principles of Transparency, Accountability, Good Governance and Client Responsibility to Affected Stakeholders, describes the principles of implementation arrangements as well as contains a limited list of exceptions to disclosure and corresponding overrides. The EBRD shall, in accordance with the Access to Information Policy, disclose documents or information including but not limited to those expressly listed in the Directive on Access to Information. In addition, the Directive sets out certain implementation arrangements relating to the Access to Information Policy.
The 2019 Access to Information Policy and Directive were developed as a result of the 2014 Public Information Policy review over a year and a half long period through extensive internal and external consultation, culminating with a 45-day public consultation period on the draft Policy and in-person consultation events in eight countries. We thank everyone who took the time to comment and believe the final documents are significantly improved as a result of the consultation.
The new 2019 Access to Information Policy and Directive have been posted on the EBRD website, along with the Report on the Invitation to Comment.
An overview of the new Policy will be provided at its official launch at the EBRD 2019 Annual Meeting in Sarajevo on May.
Public Information Policy (2014)
The EBRD’s Public Information Policy (2014) embodies the Bank’s commitment to enhance the transparency of its activities and promote good governance. This sixth review has been carried out as mandated by the Policy.
The 2014 review was wide-ranging, including internal and external consultations, including extensive meetings with representatives of CSOs.
Report on implementation of the Public Information Policy
The EBRD’s Public Information Policy commits the Bank's management to report to the Board of Directors on an annual basis on implementation of the Public Information Policy, with the findings to be made available on this website. In the interests of clarity and consistency the report addresses each PIP obligation and its implementation in the order in which these appear in the policy