Belgium is among the countries in which no legislation expressly establishes the general principle of freedom of information and ensures its application. In other words, it has no statutes comparable to those in force, for instance, in the United States and the Scandinavian countries. This does not imply, however, that a general principle of non-publicity prevails in the Belgian administration. On the contrary, the Belgian system of administrative publicity is directly derived from the inner meaning of its liberal and democratic ‘Fundamental Charter’ .


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  1. 1.
    Cf. O. Orban, Le droit constitutionnel de la Belgique (Liége-Paris: 1906)Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    See Michel Herbiet, ‘Le secret dans l’Administration’, Belgian report presented to the Capitant Session, Beirut (May 1954).Google Scholar

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