The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection submitted to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia a request for authentic interpretation of Article 3, paragraph 1 of the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance.
This provision of the Law stipulates that the following authorities have the duties under the Law on Free Access to Information: government bodies, territorial autonomy authorities, local self-government authorities and organizations vested with public powers.
The reason for filing the request for authentic interpretation are complaints lodged with the Commissioner against notaries public, which raise the issue whether notaries public have the status of a public authority within the meaning of Article of the Law, i.e. whether the duties under this Law include them.
Emphasizing that this was the problem he had already warned about several years ago, when the phenomenon of natural persons vested with public powers (notaries public, private bailiffs) was emerging and should have been addressed by amendments to the Law which underwent the assembly procedure in late 2012 and were subsequently withdrawn, Commissioner Rodoljub Sabic also said the following in that regard: