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  • Over 30.000 electronic requests in 1 year - Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    These numbers do not always reflect the actual number of overall requests and applications For example Syunik Marzpetaran has mentioned in its response letter also the number of written and electronic requests and applications it had received 11 of the total 26 requests received by Syunik Marzpetaran were in electronic format while only 7 of the total 2 431 applications were electronic Tavush Marzpetaran also has presented total numbers of requests and applications received and this is another case when there is a huge difference between the numbers of written applications and the ones received in electronic version Marzpetaran has received 6 requests none of which is electronic and 1 532 applications with only 3 being electronic Thus comparison of the answers received indicates that in 2012 the highest number of electronic requests and applications were received by the RA Ministry of Diaspora 12 765 requests and applications The next is the Ministry of Finance which received 8 601 electronic requests and applications during 2012 The 3rd agency having received the third largest number of requests and applications in electronic version is the RA Ministry of Education and Science with 5 027 electronic requests and applications Among the marzpetarans Argatsotn Marzpetaran has received the most number of electronic requests and applications 2 099 requests and applications Thus only in 3 of the 18 ministries the Ministry o Diaspora the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education and Science the numdber of the received electronic requests and applications exceeded 25 000 in 2012 The large number of electronic request implies some change in the work style of the state government agencies First a citizen who has sent an electronic request expects an electronic answer which is more effective in terms of time therefore there will be a need to create relevant technical conditions for the state government and local self government agencies in the near future to register the electronic requests and applications from citizens and to answer electronically to them The wide use of electronic requests creates necessity of legislative changes to date the RA law On Freedom of Information does not clearly define what is an electronic request and what is the procedure for proceeding it Finally it is necessary to ensure improved knowledge of responsible officials in state government and local self government agencies in the field of information technologies which is a critical precondition for effective work In 2012 it was only the Ministry of Emergency Situations that did not receive any electronic request or application In 2012 the least number of electronic requests and applications were received by Tavush Shirak Syunik and Gegharqunik Marzpetarans Tavush Marzpetaran has received 3 electronic applications no electronic requests were received Shirak Marzpetaran 16 Syunik Marzpetaran 18 and Gegharqunik Marzpetaran 21 requests and applications Among the ministries the least number of electronic requests and applications were received by the RA Ministry of Urban Development 77 requests and applications All ministries having answered to the FOICA request together have received total

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/item/1209/ (2015-11-25)
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  • Political parties as information holders - Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    parties it proceeds that political parties cannot be organizations having monopoly or dominant position in the commodity market since the political parties as such are not involved in entrepreneurship In addition Section 3 of the RA law On Political Parties defines that the purpose of the activity of political parties is to participate in the political life of the society and the state while Section 4 of Article 3 of the RA law On Freedom of Information does not say anything about the political sphere In addition even if the goals of the political parties reflected in their bylaws and programs whether they are of healthcare culture or social character or refer only to education or sport political parties will not be considered as organizations of public importance anyway since they do not render any services to the public in the above spheres Therefore based on the above statements political parties are not considered to be organizations of public importance and are not covered by the law of the RA On Freedom of Information as organizations of public importance Political parties as organizations funded by budgets According to Article 24 of the law of the RA On Political Parties the monetary means of a political party are formed also from budget funding Article 27 of the same law sets out the procedure of state funding of the activities of political parties According Paragraph 1 of Article 27 State funding of political parties is performed from the means of the state budget of the Republic of Armenia However not all political parties receive allocations from the budget according to Article 27 State budget means are allocated to those political parties party alliances whose electoral list during the last elections to the National Assembly has received at least 3 percent of the sum of the total number of votes cast in favor of electoral lists of all parties that have participated in the elections and the amount of inaccuracies Thus political parties receiving funding from the state budget are considered to be information holders based on the logic of the RA law On Freedom of Information and all those rights and liabilities set out by the RA law on FI for information holders apply also to these political parties And those political parties who do not receive funding from the state budget are beyond the coverage of this law Although political parties as such are not included in the RA law On Freedom of Information however a number of other legal acts define the obligation of political parties to work publicly and to publish information For instance as mentioned before the Armenian Constitution stipulates that Political parties ensure the publicity of their financial activity According to the RA law On Political Parties any political party should publish information about its founding congress According to Paragraph 1 of Article 12 Organizers of the Founding Congress at least one month prior to the Founding Congress publish through mass media the venue and the time

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/item/997/ (2015-11-25)
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  • New requirements will be prescribed to official websites - Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    be done for the Ministries for instance which have more or less similar structure there are certain agencies that have a different structure and can not follow the same standard For example the egov am is an electronic services portal having a completely different set up solves completely different issues and can never comply with this standards The Executive Director of PanARMENIAN Media IP Specialist Armen Azaryan says that there is no country in the world having adopted a similar legal act with a successful implementation practice Therefore we should not borrow these practices implement them trying to adapt to our needs since everything is evolving very fast in this field and both the demands and environments are very different According to Armen Azaryan a legal act regulating the field is undoubtedly needed but this should concern for example the requirement that the website server be located in Armenia that there should be antivirus programmes etc It order to regulate other issues it would be more appropriate to set up a private company with security and other specialists to work on the websites by creating work plans separately for each website and to follow their implementation since each of the websites has its own peculiarities As to why such company should be a private one Armen Azaryan explains that for now the state does not have enough funds for hiring such specialists The function of the relevant state structure should be then to ensure communication between relevant specialists and the state Azaryan notes Experts from Internet Society NGO have been involved in the process of the draft s elaboration but the Vice President of this NGO Grigor Saghyan presents his main objections about the draft now Security related issues should be separated provisions concerning design should be made more moderate and importantly the impact that this initiative will have on the budget should be mentioned by indicating the funding sources The draft includes net and security related issues that require the involvement of relevant experts however the document says nothing about financial sources to engage with such personnel The document excludes as well the expense that will be necessary to re design the websites since most of these websites do not meet the defined standards the NGO Vice President says Draft Decree requirements addressing the content of official websites are almost completely welcomed by the non government NGOs in the media sector Liana Doydoyan a Freedom of Information Centre FOIC expert finds it very positive that as per this Decree the information whish is subject to compulsory publication as per the Law on Freedom of Information FOI should be published on the relevant agencies websites Currently the websites of state structures are globally used as one of the most effective tools to pro actively provide information While the Law clearly stipulates the requirements and procedure for the compulsory publication of official information it still does not regulate mechanisms for providing official information electronically This Decree would solve the issue since

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/item/979/ (2015-11-25)
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  • Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    06 2011 Online Public Notifications are Free and more Effective The Law on Online Public Notifications which was adopted in 2007 anticipated that all the notifications defined by Law must not only be printed in newspapers and disseminated via television but also an official website was to be created for public notifications Because of technical issues including the incompleteness of the e governance system at that time the Law could not be implemented 26 05 2011 ICT and Good Governance in Armenia The emergence of an Internet connected overall society has added a totally new aspect to meaning to the letter e Information and communication technologies have changed literary each sector of society and their access to the public sector has created concepts such as electronic governance e governance and electronic government e government 28 03 2011 Every Government Employee Ought to Know and Implement the Law on Freedom of Information thinks Chairman of the ARM Civil Service Council Manvel Badalyan 20 03 2011 It is Now Easier to Sue Officials On 31 January 2011 the ARM National Assembly passed a law of making amendments in the ARM Administrative Procedure Code This law also defines the order for imposing administrative

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/page/2/ (2015-11-25)
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  • Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    State Servants NGOs with the financial support of the USAID 06 09 2010 The Assurance of Freedom of Information in the www genproc am The website of the Prosecutor General s Office of the Republic of Armenia is active since 2005 and in 2010 it was renewed and changed improving the mechanisms of providing information and the website s security 19 05 2010 Information Booths in the Courts of Yerevan Since October 2009 in all the courts of Yerevan Datalex public information booths have been installed In the word Datalex the Armenian word dataran court and the Latin word lex law are combined This system allows receiving information about court proceedings in process the case and the court hall the date when the case entered court the day the case was accepted other dates the judge and about 09 03 2010 In Search for Tax Information By Gayane Papyan As an experienced accountant it is easy for me says Mrs Gohar who has worked as an accountant for already 20 years and has learned by her own work experience that the taxpayer himself must be interested to dig and find the information needed She carries it all on her shoulders The tax inspection cares little it may say it has issued the law we should have known she says and as an illustration mentions numerous cases that have 01 02 2010 The FOIC Could Break the Ice Since passing the RA law about Freedom of Information 2003 the FOICA has been holding trainings with various social groups Due to the trainings organized by the FOICA during the past 7 years over 6 thousand people have received knowledge and skills about the use and implementation of the law Due to the trainings organized only in the period from April 2008 to

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/page/3/ (2015-11-25)
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  • Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    the condominium s obligations By the decision of the Government the condominiums are obliged to take garbage away at least 23 11 2009 Governors marzpets incomes Gevorg Hayrapetyan In October 2009 FOICA received from the RA State Revenue Committee all the statements pertaining to the data incorporated in the declarations for property and incomes by all governors During 2008 S Sahakyan Governor marzpet of Aragatsotn took the position of Deputy Governor of Aragatsotn so the property and income declaration was submitted by him for the incomes gained while taking this position In 2008 only 2 of 10 governors marzpets 17 11 2009 Ministers incomes In October 2009 FOICA received from the RA State Revenue Committee all the statements pertaining to the data incorporated in the declarations for property and incomes by all ministers for 2008 Only the data of Gevorg Petrosyan Minister of he Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs were not provided because the latter has been holding this position beginning from the 12 th of May 2009 During 2008 Gerasim Alaverdyan Minister of Agriculture and Armen Ashotyan Minister of Education 16 11 2009 Kilometers Armenian Ministers have passed Freedom of Information Center sent requests on 1 10 2009 to all the ministers of Armenia asking to provide information about the amount of petrol consumption in August 2009 and how many kilometers their service vehicles have covered during that period The initiative contributed not only to make the activities of our local officials transparent to the public but it has another mission also to find out which ministries implement the claims of the law on freedom of 03 11 2009 Complaints for almost everything Hot line service set in the Government of Armenia has registered 4839 calls during June 1 2009 and September 30 2009 1846 calls have been

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/page/4/ (2015-11-25)
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  • Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    in the RA Government Agenda RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan attended today the annual gala award for freedom of information as organized since the passing of the RA Law on Freedom of Information by the Information Freedom Center every year on the 28th of September the International Information Freedom Day Congratulating those present on the occasion the Prime Minister spoke about the problems available in the field of information freedom According to him the modern world is based on knowledge and 04 08 2009 We Have Been Waiting for This Verdict for 5 5 Years Interview with Shushan Doydoyan president of the FOI Center FOI First allow me to congratulate you on the unprecedented court decision Was this decision a surprise to you or did you expect it SH D We have been waiting for this verdict for 5 5 years Ever since 2003 when the administrative legislation introduced responsibility for violating the freedom of information right the FOI Center has been trying to implement that provision of the law but without luck We 27 07 2009 The Ashtarak Mayor s Misleading Report A few days ago the Mayor of Ashtarak G Tamazyan presented his report for the first half of 2009 to the public and the community council members Let us just say without getting into the substance of the report that the mayor seemed somewhat surprised while presenting it First of all he would share his detailed thoughts with the audience when presenting every line of the report giving an impression that Mr Tamazyan was reading a report from another agency and was finding out about 10 07 2009 A Law is Passed and Now They Don t Know What to Do with It In 2007 the National Assembly adopted the Law on Public Notices by Means of

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/page/5/ (2015-11-25)
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  • Articles - Publications - Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
    Law on Declaration of Property and Income by Senior State Officials was annulled as of January 1 2009 while the new Law on Declaration 15 05 2009 The Gegharkunik marzpet is the top money spender among marzpets Unfortunately it is our taxpayer money Grisha Balasanyan The right to receive information is one of the fundamental human rights However not all citizens exercise that right today For example according to Article 27 1 of the RA Constitution everyone shall have the right to submit letters and recommendations to the authorized public and local self government bodies for the protection of his her private and public interests and the right to 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.foi.am/en/articles/page/6/ (2015-11-25)
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