Public Information Access Law in Effect

The Salvadoran President has approved and ordered the publishing of the regulations of the Law on Access to Public Information, which will come into force on 10 September.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A statement by the President of El Salvador reads:

The President, Mauricio Funes, has approved and ordered the publishing of the regulations of the Law on Access to Public Information, which will appear in the Official Gazette on September 2 and will become effective on the 10th of this month.
The Regulation contains 82 articles that develop regulations for the implementation of the Law on Access to Public Information.

The provisions contained in the Regulations are intended to develop and ensure implementation of the rules in that law in order to fulfill its objectives.

The Law on Access to Public Information went into effect on May 8 and aims to guarantee the right of everyone to access the information generated by government institutions, in order to contribute to the transparency of state procedures.

The regulations made by the Executive provide for, among other things, that entities be required to provide access to public information, "there should be a physical space and staff available to address and educate the public on access to information."

It also states that these spaces should have computers with internet access installed so that users can consult the information posted on the site by the corresponding bodies, and to submit electronic applications to which the Act refers

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