What has been the impact on the ground of making legal information more available?

For the first time in its history, Kosovo now has an advanced electronic and fully-accessible database of all legal acts in force in five languages, available on mobile devices through a specially created app. Given the high level of Internet penetration in Kosovo, which is approximately 80 percent, allowing access through an online platform and mobile app was the most feasible option. The mobile application allows users to access the Official Gazette database at any time, from anywhere, and may be downloaded for Android and iOS mobile devices. The usage has grown exponentially, with visits to the website more than tripling from 92,024 in 2014 to 294,807 in 2016.The Official Gazette database and mobile app strengthen the rule of law and increase the predictability of the legal system, which is a significant concern for businesses and investors in developing countries.

Finally, cost and time savings for the government of Kosovo are significant, by eliminating the need for publication on multiple platforms and reducing costs for printing and distributing legal acts. The Official Gazette online database and mobile app also create savings for the private sector, reducing the time and cost of finding applicable laws and other regulations.