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Welcome to the webpage regarding the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (Cap. 496) establishes the right to the general public to information held by public authorities in order to promote added transparency and accountability in government.

The general public may request documents held by Public Authorities.   The Public Authority shall decide on your request within 20 working days.  The FOI Act empowers you to escalate your request to the Information and Data Protection Commissioner, if you are not satisfied with the way the Public Authority handled your request. 

Every Public Authority has appointed an FOI Officer who shall handle requests for documents submitted by the public and represent the Public Authority on all matters related to the FOI Act.  For a list of all the Public Authorities and their FOI Officers (including contact details) click here:

In order to ensure correct implementation of the Act and to co-ordinate matters across government, a dedicated unit, the Freedom of Information Co-Ordinating Unit (FOICU) was set up.  More information on the FOICU can be found here.

Please consult the FAQ section on the FOIA, so that you are aware of your rights in the context of this law.   More information on how to make a request can be found here.

IMPORTANT - The FOI Co-ordinating Unit regularly updates the database of contact details as set up for the purpose of the FOIA implementation. The Contact Lists section may be subject to changes from time to time.  If no contact is assigned or if you cannot reach the public authority by email, please send your query or request to foicu@gov.mt

You may wish to contact the FOI Co-Ordinating Unit on 22478200.

 

 


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