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Right to know

The right to know and related right of the access to public information is a key element to ensure that the work of the state bodies is public and open and to enable natural and legal entities to exercise their rights to acquire information held by public authorities.


With a view to achieve this aim, the state bodies shall endeavour to inform the public on their work to the greatest extent possible, also through the transmission of public information to the World Wide Web.



Each state body has to publish online free of charge:

  • consolidated texts of acts in the body's working area;
  • programmes, strategies, views, opinions, studies and other similar documents;
  • acts', programmes' and strategies' proposals;
  • all publications and documentation on public procurement;
  • information on administrative services and other public information.

The public interest test

The public interest test is the so-called balance test. It helps the official persons, the Information Commissioner as the appellate body and the courts in administrative dispute procedures to decide, whether the right of a wider public to know is stronger than other rights – exceptions, as provided in the Art. 6 of the Access to Public Information Act.

For details on the public interest test, see publication: When and how to use the public interest test (Kako in kdaj uporabljati test javnega interesa):


When and how to use the public interes test? (in slo only)