Case about Accessibility of the Comprehensive City Plan of Dnipropetrovsk Will Go to the European Court
The Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives (EUCCI) has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights concerning the unlawful restriction of access to the comprehensive city plan of Dnipropetrovsk. According to a court complaint filed by the NGO, the City Council in Dnipropetrovsk has denied access to this public information.
Back in 2009, EUCCI sent a request to the City Council asking for access to the graphics component of the comprehensive city plan. EUCCI then monitored the progress about gaining access it. Ultimately, the City Council refused to provide access to the plan, stating that it was "For Official Use Only."
In response to the refusal to grant access to this public document, EUCCI turned to the courts. However, the Ukrainian courts supported the position of the City Council and decided that access to the main town planning document should be limited to certain employees of the City Council.
"In Ukraine we have exhausted all of our resources to gain access to public information of this type. In order to encourage the City Council of Dnipropetrovsk to make the documents available to all residents, we have to turn to the European Court of Human Rights,” explains Volodymyr Shcherbachenko, Head of the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives.
Documents related to this case, including the responses from the City Council about access to the comprehensive city plan of Dnipropetrovsk are available at the bottom of the Ukrainian language version of this article.
The activities of the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives are aimed at ensuring the availability of comprehensive city plans for citizens. This work is part of the project, "Final Steps for Access to General Plans of the City for Citizens of Ukraine and Advocacy Support for the Declassification of Comprehensive City Plans and the Elimination of Corruption in Urban Planning."The work is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation's Rule of Law Programand is also supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
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