Israel > Country Commitment
Establishing a freedom of information unit in the Ministry of Justice
11 April 2012
The Israel Government has had difficulties implementing the Freedom of Information Law. Individuals responsible for implementing the law within Israel Government offices only partially use their designated authority. The freedom of information unit currently being established by the Ministry of Justice will have the authority to make broad policy decisions. It will publicize initiatives regarding government information and develop standards for simplifying the process of submitting policy requests and determining the types of decisions appropriate for public participation. In addition, the unit has the authority to establish and manage a central freedom of information website, to determine guidelines and publicize Government information, conduct seminars and provide professional consultations for those responsible for freedom of information in Government offices and the public sector. The unit will also clarify complaints against Government offices relating to Freedom of Information Law enforcement and raise public awareness regarding freedom of information. A unit director was appointed in November 2011.
Key Impact Benchmark
1. Completing the initial stages of unit setup and staffing. 2. Defining policy and developing initial work programs. 3. Establishing a central Internet site for freedom of information.
Completing the initial stages of unit setup and staffing
Defining policy and developing initial work programs
Determining ongoing work flow vis-à-vis officials responsible for freedom of information in Government offices and the public sector
Establishing a central Internet site for freedom of information
Preparing seminars and workshops for employees in the public sector.
Middle East & North Africa
Apr 11, 2012 - Aug 11, 2013
Ministry of Justice
Freedom of Information Unit