NORWAY The Aat on mbBie Access to D~camemb: Cument sfrations and Roposals for Refa The Norwegian Act on Public Access to Documents in the Administration dates back to 1970. It is generally considered to be an important and well-drafted piece of legislation, and a cornerstone for open government. Over the years it has been subject to many reforms. A new reform is now pending. Lately there has been widespread criticism that the rules on access need to be updated, in order to meet new challenges posed, inter alia, by the Europeanization of national law and policy. This article seeks to analyse the current frustrations, as well as the new White Paper on public access to documents presented by the Norwegian Government in April 1998. m e N o m e a a m Act on -blic Access to Docamen- In the current debate on transparency now raging across Europe, Norwegian lawyers are among the veterans. The Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway have for a number of years had liberal rules on public access to documents held by the administration. Indeed: many Scandinavians like to think of 'open government' more or less as a Nordic invention.
European Public Law – Kluwer Law International
Published: Mar 1, 1999