Transparency Serbia warned on Friday that state-owned companies were not disclosing information which should be on public record.
The watchdog organization said that it made 58 requests for information from public companies and got replies from only 33. Transparency Serbia associate Zlatko Minic said the replies did not always include the requested information, adding that the most interesting part of the replies were the excuses used not to provide information.
He cited the example of the ATP Pancevo transport company which said that the company list of vehicles and fuel quantities were part of national defense plans designated state secrets. The Rembas Trans company said the request for information was mobbing of the responsible official while the Belgrade Parking Service refused to comment a statement by its CEO indicating party affiliation.
Transparency Serbia Program Director Nemanja Nenadic said the implementation o fthe law on free access to information was inconsistent. He added that the Serbian government web site had been upgraded but that a lot of documents remain hidden.