1. WHAT IS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE INFORMATION?
Freedom of information is exercising one’s right to seek information in accordance with the order prescribed by legislation and the right to receive information from the person/entity possessing the information (RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 3).
Every person has the right to get acquainted with the information sought and (or) with the aim of receiving information to submit an inquiry to the person/entity possessing the information in accordance with the order prescribed by law and receive that information (RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 6).
According to Article 51 of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, “everyone has the right to receive information on the activities of the state and local self-government bodies and officials and to get acquainted with documents”.
2. WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION DOES THE RA MINISTRY OF ECONOMY POSSESS?
The RA Ministry of Economy possesses information on the activities of the Ministry: the structure, functions, information on development and realization of the policy in relation to the areas of competence of the Ministry, the legal acts regulating the activities of the Ministry or related to the areas of competence of the Ministry, information related to officials, speeches, announcements, charters of subdivisions, projects on implementation of the annual programs of the Ministry and sectoral events, reports on the activities of the Ministry, presentations, information on cooperation with international organizations, budget, analyses, information on study outcomes, information on applications received and vacancies, etc.
3. HOW TO APPLY TO THE RA MINISTRY OF ECONOMY TO RECEIVE INFORMATION?
In order to receive information, one can submit a written or oral inquiry.
The written inquiry shall indicate the applicant's name, surname, citizenship, location of residence, employment or educational institution. The written inquiry shall be signed (in case of a legal entity it shall have its name and location) (RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 9, item 1).
The applicant with an oral inquiry is obliged to state his/her name and surname in advance (RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 9, item 5).
4. WHAT IS THE TIMEFRAME FOR RESPONDING TO AN INQUIRY?
The response to a written inquiry is provided within the following timeframe:
(RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 9, item 7)
The response to an oral inquiry is provided:
(RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 9, items 5, 6)
5. IN WHICH CASES PROVISION OF INFORMATION CAN BE REJECTED?
Provision of information can be rejected, if it:
(RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 8)
Response is also not provided to written inquiries, if:
(RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 9, item 3)
Response to an oral inquiry can be rejected, if:
6. IN WHICH CASES PROVISION OF INFORMATION CANNOT BE REJECTED?
Provision of information cannot be rejected, if:
7․ INFORMATION SUBJECT TO MANDATORY PUBLICATION
RA Law on Freedom of Information, Article 7: ensuring accessibility and publicity of information:
1) works and services that are being implemented (are subject to implementation) for the public,
3) a written inquiry template and guidance notes on their completion,
4) the staff lists, as well as names, surnames, education, profession, position held, work phone number, email address of officials (Ministry structure),
5) the staff hiring procedure and job vacancies,
6) impact on the environment (has none),
7) public events programs (has none),
8) the procedure for receiving citizens, the date, time, and venue (see the order),
9) the pricing policy in the sector of works and services, prices (tariffs),
10) the list of possessed data sets and the procedure of possessing thereof,
11) statistical and summary data on inquiries received, including grounds for rejection,
12) sources of data processing or receiving,
13) details of the person authorized to clarify information.