Bulgarian Agriculture State Fund to Finance Broadband Internet Project for Small Towns and Villages

The "Agriculture" State Fund announced a tender for projects for the building up broadband Internet network in villages and small towns in Bulgaria. A separate budget worth of BGN 82 million  is allocated for financing of the projects. These are funds provided under the Rural Development Program and the aim of the projects is to achieve 100% coverage of the country with fast internet.

Households spend $500 on communication in 2020

A family of four with a fixed-line broadband internet connection and each household member having a mobile phone on average spent 3,736 Turkish Liras (around $500) on communication in 2020.

Households' mobile phone costs, including taxes, averaged some 43 liras per month, according a report by the Turkish Competitive Telco Operators' Association (TELKODER).

Iohannis: Human Rights Day - an opportunity to reflect on each one's role in respecting and protecting them

President Klaus Iohannis stressed on Thursday that International Human Rights Day has not only an anniversary significance, but is an opportunity to reflect on the role that every citizen can play in respecting and protecting the rights of others.

Operators to offer free internet on mobiles during Ramadan

Turkey's mobile telephone users will enjoy 1-gigabyte data of free internet during the holy month of Ramadan, the country's transport and infrastructure minister has announced.

The government has made the necessary arrangement for free internet access with the mobile phone operators, Adil Karaismailoğlu said.

North Macedonia’s State of Emergency Weakens Institutions’ Transparency

Both the institutions and those requesting information say that for now, problems are often solved in mutual agreements that allow for a delay of a few days, enabling institutions to cope.

North Macedonia's law on freedom of access to public information does not envisage what should happen to such rights in extraordinary situations like this one.

Telecoms outperform Euro peers

Greece's telecommunication networks have responded well to the pandemic crisis so far. Despite the increase in traffic coming to at least 50 percent, as noted by British consultancy Tech4i2, the slowdown in internet speeds around the country has been the smallest compared to networks elsewhere in Europe.

Albania’s Planned Jail Terms for Curfew Breakers Spark Protests

Albania Prime Minister Edi Rama speaking in parliament on March 5 2020. Photo: LSA

"International rights organisations recommend decreasing the prison population due to the elevated danger that the COVID-19 disease poses to them. However, proposals running against these recommendations are being discussed in the parliament of Albania," their joint letter reads.

Western Balkans Have Yet to Embrace Freedom of Information

Between January 2017 and June 2019, BIRN journalists submitted 854 official requests to access public documents in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. With the aid of the information gained from these requests, BIRN produced numerous investigative pieces and so exposed wrongdoing by governments, companies and powerful individuals.