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Latin America and the Caribbean (23 countries): Deadlines for the delivery of information defined in the laws on access to public information

* Unless otherwise indicated, the terms correspond to working days.

* (1) Calendar days or non-business days.
* (2) Can be extended.
* (3) If the required information exceeds five years after being generated, the term may be extended for ten more business days.
* (4) Two weeks (including non-business days).
* (5) When, exceptionally, it is not possible to resolve the request within the periods indicated here, the authority must inform the interested party of this circumstance, before the deadline of the term indicated in the law, stating the reasons for the delay and indicating at the same time a reasonable period of time in which it will be resolved or an answer will be given, which may not exceed twice the amount initially foreseen. However, emergency measures were adopted in the Decree 491-2020 for Sanitary Emergency and the request for information must be resolved within 20 days.
* (6) Exceptionally, when it is materially impossible to comply with the indicated deadline due to justified causes related to the proven and manifest lack of logistical or operational capacity or human resources of the entity or the significant volume of the information requested, only once, the entity must notify the applicant of the date on which it will provide the information requested in a duly substantiated manner, within a maximum period of two business days of receiving the request for information. Failure to comply with the deadline empowers the applicant to appeal to the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Public Information.

Source: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean: towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (LC / TS. 2017/83), 2018. Review of national laws. Update date: January 12, 2021.

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