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Public Awareness on the Lawmaking Activity of State Governance Bodies (AM0023)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Armenia, Second Action Plan, 2014-16

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislature, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Armenia End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

The draft legal acts are being developed by the RA agencies about which the public is sometimes not sufficiently informed. As a result, the public does not have the opportunity to get acquainted with the draft versions until their adoption, as well as to propose recommendations to responsible agencies, and thus to contribute to the amendment process.

General online forum for the publication of draft normative legal acts developed by the government agencies to inform the public about the normative legal acts being developed by the agencies (including, by a subscription principle). The civil society will be given the opportunity to propose recommendations on the draft versions, as well as be informed about their status (i.e. whether it has been adopted or not, how it is edited, as well as the justification for non-adoption).

IRM End of Term Status Summary

8. Public Awareness on the Lawmaking Activity of State Governance Bodies

Commitment Text:

The draft legal acts are being developed by the RA agencies about which the public is sometimes not sufficiently informed. As a result, the public does not have the opportunity to get acquainted with the draft versions until their adoption, as well as to propose recommendations to responsible agencies, and thus to contribute to the amendment process.

  1. General online forum for the publication of draft normative legal acts developed by the government agencies to inform the public about the normative legal acts being developed by the agencies (including, by a subscription principle). The civil society will be given the opportunity to propose recommendations on the draft versions, as well as be informed about their status (i.e. whether it has been adopted or not, how it is edited, as well as the justification for non-adoption).

Responsible Institution: Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia

Supporting Institution(s): None

Start Date: August 2014 .......                                                                End Date: December 2016

 

Commitment Aim

This commitment aims to create an online forum for the publication of draft normative legal acts developed by the government agencies. The new website was intended to allow multiple users to access the database of draft legislation and leave their comments and recommendations.

Status

Midterm: Limited

At the time of writing of the midterm report, the online forum for the publication of draft normative acts was not available and the MOJ was negotiating with the World Bank for financial support to create an online forum.

End of Term: Substantial

The Government initiated changes to the Government decree №296 from 2010, which regulates public hearings of drafts of normative legal acts. Authorities responsible for developing the drafts should invite stakeholders to public hearings, through announcements on their websites as well as the unified website of the drafts of legal acts of the MOJ. Information on the place, time, dates, subjects, and the type of discussion as well as deadlines for submission of applications to participate in the hearings could also be published. During implementation of this commitment, MOJ actively cooperated with Araza.

At the time of finalizing this report (January 2017), the website was available in test mode[1]. Originally the Government planned to present the website on 1 December 2016, but later postponed the launch date. On 28 December 2016, the MOJ organized a training course on practical use of e-draft.am for government officials of different state organizations2. The portal was tested by all ministries3. According to MOJ, website was functional on 24 January 2017 (past action plan deadline) when it organized the training on launch and application of platform for draft publication4. Officials from 18 Ministries, 8 agencies and the Central Bank of Armenia participated in two trainings.

Did it Open Government?

Access to Information: Did Not Change

The Armenian public and CSO community were neither sufficiently informed about legal acts developed by different ministries and agencies, nor provided an opportunity to comment or contribute. The online forum was meant to create channel for publishing draft normative acts. Since the online forum is not yet functioning, there have been no changes in improving access to information.

The Government resolution №296, that regulates process of public hearings, refers to draft “laws”. One needs to see whether the portal will be used for public discussions of all normative legal acts or only select ones.

Carried Forward?

The commitment is not included in the next action plan.


Armenia's Commitments

  1. Open Data in Official Declarations

    AM0035, 2018, Asset Disclosure

  2. Government Grant Transparency

    AM0036, 2018, Fiscal Transparency

  3. Beneficial Ownership Register

    AM0037, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  4. Modernization of Community Website

    AM0038, 2018, E-Government

  5. State Water Cadastre

    AM0039, 2018, E-Government

  6. Land Cadastre

    AM0040, 2018, E-Government

  7. Integrated Social Services

    AM0041, 2018, E-Government

  8. Unified Information System for Management of Education

    AM0042, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Exploring Medical Assistance Program

    AM0043, 2018, E-Government

  10. Platform for Submitting Petitions

    AM0044, 2018, E-Government

  11. Public Service Dashboard

    AM0045, 2018, E-Government

  12. State Travel Transparency

    AM0027, 2016, E-Government

  13. Accountability for Grants of the Government

    AM0028, 2016, E-Government

  14. Transparency of the State Budget

    AM0029, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  15. "Open Data" in Official Declaration:

    AM0030, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  16. Portal for Community Decisions.

    AM0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Accountability Licensing

    AM0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Accessibility of Integrated Social Services

    AM0033, 2016, E-Government

  19. "One-Stop-Shop" Pilot Project Within Military Registration Offices

    AM0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Digitization and publication of data in the “Republican Geological Fund” SNCO

    AM0016, 2014, Extractive Industries

  21. Ensuring Transparency in Mining

    AM0017, 2014, Extractive Industries

  22. Ensuring Public Awareness About Health Care Financing

    AM0018, 2014, E-Government

  23. Ensuring Transparency of Asset and Income Declarations of the RA High-Ranking Officials

    AM0019, 2014, Asset Disclosure

  24. Online Broadcasting of the State Procurement Appeals Board Sessions

    AM0020, 2014, E-Government

  25. Community Microsurvey Introduction in 10 Communities

    AM0021, 2014, E-Government

  26. Ensuring Open, Transparent, Participatory and Accountable Process of State Policies and Legislative Reforms

    AM0022, 2014, E-Government

  27. Public Awareness on the Lawmaking Activity of State Governance Bodies

    AM0023, 2014, E-Government

  28. Ensuring Transparency of the Election of Governing Boards of the RA General Secondary Education Institutions and of the Annual Budget Planning and Expenses of Ra General Secondary Education Institutions

    AM0024, 2014, Education

  29. Knowledge and Capacity Building of Public Servants in the Freedom of Information and Anticorruption Field

    AM0025, 2014, Capacity Building

  30. Ensuring Transparency of Local Self Government Bodies of Large Communities

    AM0026, 2014, E-Government

  31. Reviewing the Regulatory Normative Legal Acts (Regulatory Guillotine Project)

    AM0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  32. Improving Internal Audit System for the Public Sector

    AM0002, 2012, Audits and Controls

  33. Improving Procurement Procedures

    AM0003, 2012, Capacity Building

  34. Improving Budget Planning and Reporting Systems Through Full Utilization of Program Budgeting

    AM0004, 2012, Audits and Controls

  35. Promoting Transparency and Objectiveness in Tax Administration

    AM0005, 2012, Conflicts of Interest

  36. Fight Against Corruption

    AM0006, 2012, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  37. Introduction of a Unified Payment System (Portal)

    AM0007, 2012, E-Government

  38. State Car Inspection Improvements

    AM0008, 2012, Infrastructure & Transport

  39. Implementation of an Electronic System for Consular Services

    AM0009, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration

  40. Implementation of Mail-Armenia System

    AM0010, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration

  41. Introduction of e-Statistics System

    AM0011, 2012, E-Government

  42. Introduction of e-Documentation Sharing System in Urban Communities

    AM0012, 2012, E-Government

  43. Ensuring Transparency of Asset Declarations

    AM0013, 2012, Asset Disclosure

  44. Standardization of Offical Websites Content

    AM0014, 2012, E-Government

  45. Improvement of Knowledge and Skills of Public Servants on Access to Information

    AM0015, 2012, Capacity Building