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Armenia

Ensuring transparency of local self government bodies of large communities (AM0026)

Overview

At-a-Glance

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

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Marzpetarans (Regional administrations)

Support Institution(s): Ministry of Territorial Administration Asparez

Policy Areas

E-Government, Subnational

IRM Review

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

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Some large communities of Armenia have websites, others not, they are being updated on a quite irregular basis, LSG decisions are being published not on all websites (decisions of Community Council, orders of the community heads) or they are being published partially. The awareness raising on public discussions, hearings, sessions of the Community Council is being done improperly. The sessions of the Community Council is being broadcasted online only in the cities of Vanadzor and Gyumri, and even in some communities because of the lack of sufficient space for halls it is sometimes impossible to ensure the participation of all interested persons in the sessions of the Community Council.
The creation and update of internet pages, the publication of all legal acts adopted by the community authorities, the notification about the sessions of the Community Council, public discussions and hearings, as well as the online broadcasting of the sessions of Community Council will be ensured for the communities of Armenia with the population of 20, 000 and more.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

11. Transparency of Local Self-Government Bodies

Commitment Text:

Some large communities of Armenia have websites, others not, they are being updated on a quite irregular basis, LSG decisions are being published not on all websites (decisions of Community Council, orders of the community heads) or they are being published partially. The awareness raising on public discussions, hearings, sessions of the Community Council is being done improperly. The sessions of the Community Council is being broadcasted online only in the cities of Vanadzor and Gyumri, and even in some communities because of the lack of sufficient space for halls it is sometimes impossible to ensure the participation of all interested persons in the sessions of the Community Council.

The creation and update of internet pages, the publication of all legal acts adopted by the community authorities, the notification about the sessions of the Community Council, public discussions and hearings, as well as the online broadcasting of the sessions of Community Council will be ensured for the communities of Armenia with the population of 20, 000 and more.

Responsible Institution: Ministry of Territorial Administration of the Republic of Armenia

Supporting Institution(s): Marzpetarans (regional administrations) of the Republic of Armenia

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

Commitment Aim

This commitment aims to provide better access to information on public discussions and hearings of Community Councils by creating and updating of websites and broadcasting online sessions.

Status

Midterm: Limited

At the time of writing of midterm report, most communities had not acquired the equipment necessary for online broadcasting (cameras, microphones, etc.). Out of seventeen communities, only four were broadcasting sessions of Elders Councils, with one of them not broadcasting the sessions regularly.

End of Term: Limited 

According to the self-assessment report, as of June 2016, 17 communities have begun receiving equipment to broadcast their council meetings. The report does not mention how many websites were created and whether decisions passed by the councils have been made available.

As of late December 2016, within the framework of ‘Development of Civic Youth Centers’ programs funded by Open Society Foundations, Armenia Journalists' Club “Asparez” monitoredoperational transparency of 17 local self-governing bodies with regards to following: opportunities for citizens to be present during the sessions of Elderly Councils or for getting informationthrough other channels of communication.

The monitoring revealed that seven communities, namely, Yerevan, Gyumri, Ejmiatsin, Kapan, Hrazdan, Ararat, and Gavar, broadcasted sessions of Elderly Councils. Out of seven communities specified above, Ararat broadcased only one session.

Lack of advance announcements on upcoming live broadcasts of Elderly Council sessions emerged as a problem. The monitoring report concluded that authorities in several local self-governing bodies failed to relay appropriate information (time, date and draft agenda) on upcoming sessions of Elderly Council, making viewership impossible and rendering broadcasts meaningless.

Did it Open Government?

Access to Information: Did Not Change

The public has not been properly informed on discussions, hearings and sessions of Community Councils. In some communities, there is no possibility to ensure participation of interested parties due to lack of adequate space. Online broadcasting of sessions of Community Councils can help solve the problem in part. However, according to information obtained at the time of writing this report, no new community had started online broadcasting of sessions.

Carried Forward?

The commitment is not included in the third 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