The Parliament of Montenegro pays a special attention to publicity and openness of its work. Free access to information is an important segment of the principle of transparency. The Constitution of Montenegro, under its Article 51 stipulates that everyone shall have the right of free access to information, in possession of both the state administration authorities and the organisations exercising public functions. The right of access to information may be restricted if it is in the interest of the protection of life, public health, ethics and privacy, the conduct of criminal proceedings, the security and defence of Montenegro, external, monetary and economic policy. This right shall be exercised by submitting a request that shall be responded in accordance with the Law on Free Access to Information.
Law on Free Access to Information was adopted at the Eighth Sitting of the First Ordinary Session, on 26 July 2012, and it was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Montenegro No 44/12, 9 August 2012).
The Parliament of Montenegro receives a significant number of requests for free access to information, timely corresponds to it, and there is no submitted complaint so far to independent oversight organ competent for protection of personal data and access to information - Agency for Personal Data Protection and Free Access to Information.
The access to information on financial management such as copies of payrolls of MPs and employees, copies of acts containing information on amount spent from the Budget of the Parliament for paying costs of transportation, accommodation, data on travel allowance for MPS’ travels in Montenegro and abroad, information on public procurement, etc. are mostly required by requests. Majority of requests for access to information were submitted by NGOs.
Data on requests for free access to information are published in annual reports on the work of the Parliament, and all submitted requests as well as responses to those are available to the web page of this body.