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23.05.2006 The Lie of the Transport and Communication Ministry

Gevorg Hayrapetyan On January 13, 2006 the Freedom of Information Center sent an information request to the RA Minister of Transport and Communicatrion Andranik Manukyan requesting to provide the minutes of negotiations between Armentel and the Ministry. In the letter dating January 25, 2006 the minister’s deputy V. Arakelyan wrote: “The RA Ministry of Transport and Communication has passed all the necessary documents concerning electronic communication to the RA Public...

08.05.2006 We have sent applications, but information requests never...

On May 8, in Lichk village of Gegharkunik region the Freedom of Information Center expert familiarized a group of young people with the right to be informed. The participants of the workshop heard for the first time that they had the right to take part in village council meetings. “How do we know the dates of village council meetings?” they asked. It turned out that in this village also the dates and agendas of village council meetings are not announced 7 days before, as it is stated by...

01.05.2006 Don’t Cheat the Post

After getting in the black list of the Freedom of Information Center and the intervention of the RA President’s advisor Mr. Bagrat Yesayan the head of Aygavan village council changed the date and replied to the information request, which was sent 5 months ago. On December 2, 2005 the Freedom of Information Center sent an information inquiry to the head of Aygavan village council D. Avetisyan, requesting to provide copies of land allocation decisions made during 2005. D. Avetisyan did...

26.04.2006 The Mayor of Talin Understood His Mistake

The mayor of Talin city Mr. M. Mnatsakanyan has finally agreed to provide the information, requested two months ago. On February 6, 2006 the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia sent an information request to the mayor of Talin M. Mnatsakanyan, requesting to provide copies of all the decisions made by Talin elderly council during the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2005. In reply to the request the mayor recommended to apply to the regional Governor of Aragatsotn region. Mr. Mnatsakanyan...

21.04.2006 Fourth International Conference of Information Commissioners

On 22 – 23 May the Fourth International Conference of Information Commissioners will take place in Manchester, United Kingdom. The annual meeting will be hosted by Mr. Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner of the United Kingdom. This annual conference was established as a yearly opportunity for those with an interest in FOI internationally to focus on issues from around the world.   Major topics of the Conference are as follows: European Perspective of FOI, secrecy issues versus...

04.04.2006 The Magic Power of the Lock

From the most secret state body, Yerevan municipality turned into an open, transparent and public one. During November-December, 2005 students of Journalism Department of Yerevan State University sent information inquiries to Yerevan municipality. All the inquiries were answered. Four of them were responded within a period of 5 days. During the same period FOICA sent 3 inquiries to Yerevan municipality. All of them were also answered within terms stated by the law “On freedom of...

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