Name of law: Law N° 94-1724 of 11 April 1994 on the Publicity of the Administration (Federal level law)
First adopted: 1994
Last modified: 2010-03
RTI Rating last updated: 2011-09


Like many Western European states, Belgium has a relatively outdated right to information law. The law lacks key components of a strong RTI law, including an adequate system of independent administrative appeals, sanctions for RTI-related misconduct, protections for good faith disclosures and any promotional measures. Other crucial elements are also absent, such as a requirement to provide notice upon receipt of a request, a harm test for exceptions and a provision stating that the RTI law overrides provisions in other laws. The law is also available in its French original here.

Local Expert: Dirk Voorhoof.