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05.05.2009 Some of the parties participating in elections do not disclose financial reports

On the eve of the May 31 Yerevan city council elections, the Freedom of Information Center ( FOI Center ) decided to find out how willing are the participating parties and party alliances to work in an open and transparent fashion. To this end, FOI Center sent out information requests to the parties participating in the upcoming elections: the Armenian Republican Party (ARP), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation/Dashnaktsutyun (ARF/D), Rule of Law Party (RL), People’s...

20.03.2009 Marzpetarans started working openly and publicly

In February this year the Freedom of Information Center sent information-seeking inquiries to  leaders of 10 provinces (marzes) (excluding Yerevan), in which it requested the governors to provide the FOICA with the copies of the resolutions passed by them during the 4th quarter of 2008. Let us note with pleasure that no inquiry remained unanswered. However, there were some problems with the deadlines.     Tavush, Shirak, Kotayk and Aragatsotn marzpetarans were...

20.03.2009 Is publicity endangered at the Parliament?

The public’s attention to the country’s legislator is rather intensive. This fact is nevertheless righteous, since people want to know how the deputies elected by them work, what laws they adopt and what legislative draft laws they discuss at the country’s parliament.   The principles of transparency and publicity of legislative authorities, openness before public are established by Article 69 of the RA Constitution, which reads: “The sessions/sittings of the National...

13.03.2009 A new electronic document sharing system

Before the end of 2009 23 agencies of state administration, including 10 marzpetarans and 13 ministries will move to “Mulberry” electronic document management system. This suggestion was made by the government staff at the end of 2008.     Before now “Mulberry” electronic document management system is fully operational at 5 state agencies of Armenia, viz.: the RA Government Staff,   Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Ministry...

27.01.2009 THE DECISIONS ARE “DECLASSIFIED”

GRISHA BALASANYAN Town mayor Aram Danieylan has not provided the required resolutions until the case brought him to the “doors” of the court.   When in September 23, 2003 the RA Law “On Freedom of Information” was adopted, it was expected that henceforward getting information from the state bodies in particular would become easier. But since adoption of the Law, for 5 years now new gimmicks have been found by the officials to avoid working legally and hide the information belonging...

02.12.2008 The Communities are beyond control

GRISHA BALASANYAN  As far back as 5 months ago “Aravot” daily applied to some village mayors requesting to provide the copies of the decisions taken by the Council of Elders beginning from the 1st of January up to the day of the request.    Village mayors of Dalarik and Apaga villages of Armavir Marz (Province), as well as Lusakunk village of Gegharkunik Marz and Byurakan village of Aragatsotn Marz appeared to be so “secretive”, that we were forced to resend the...

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