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Like many Western European states, Belgium has a relatively outdated right to information law.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.
The law is also available in its Dutch original here.

Local Expert: Dirk Voorhoof