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Freedom of Information Centre announces the names of the recipients of the “Golden Key and Rusty Lock” awards on 28 September 2015. The award ceremony was devoted to the “International Right to Know Day”. The event took place with the support of the EU.
ARS_9624During the event, the newly arrived Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski greeted everyone in Armenian and delivered his opening remarks. “Transparency and freedom of information are key factors to reduce corruption by letting the Armenian citizens interact with their public services. The worst that can happen in fight against corruption is the state of denial when you say that corruption does not exist or it is so marginal that it does not matter. If we want to fight against corruption effectively we must recognise the facts. The EU is here to help the Government of Armenia in its fight against corruption and we have already spent 15 million euros on this occasion. Transparency goes hand in hand with the fight against corruption. I am very glad that today we will be honouring institutions and people who are important for all these activities, and it is also so important that we are naming and shaming those who didn’t justify the expectations. Further steps are needed to enhance the participation of the citizens and the civil society in the implementation and monitoring of public policies”.
ARS_9587Armenian Vice Prime Minister, Ministry of International Economic Integration and Reforms, Vache Gabrielyan welcomed the guests on this occasion and stressed the importance of transparency and openness in the government system of Armenia. “I want to welcome you on behalf of the Armenian Government. This event which is organised by the Freedom of Information Centre each year promotes democracy, development of the civil society, transparency of the public administrations. The Armenian Government do its best to be more open for the public and we can underline that we have enlisted a huge progress in the cooperation between the citizens and government during the last years”.
President of the Freedom of Information Centre of Armenia Shushan Doydoyan mentioned in her speech that Golden key and rusty lock have become influential tools for criticising closed practices and appreciating open and transparent practices of public administrations.
ARS_9634The independent jury awarded the following institutions with Golden Keys, as a symbol of openness and transparency:
• Award for the most transparent institution was presented to the Kotayk Governor’s office;
• The Best Freedom of Information Reformer was awarded to Mr. Suren Krmoyan, Deputy Minister of RA Minister of Justice;
• Award for the institutions which has best implemented Open Government Partnership Commitments was awarded to the Staff of the Armenian Government;
• The Best Community Initiative within the framework of OGP was recognised The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations;
• Award for an NGO that best used the right for access to information was presented to the “Informed and Protected Consumer” NGO;
• Award for the most consistent human rights advocate of the right of access to information was presented to Mr. Arayik Ghazaryan;
• Award for the media outlet for most actively using FOI Law was presented to the Yerkir Media TV Company;
• Award for the journalist/media outlet most actively covering FOI issues was presented to the Liberty radio station/Armenia;
• The best official web site in terms of access to information was recognised the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture: www.minagro.am

The independent jury awarded the following institution with Rusty Lock, as a symbol of secrecy: Negative award for a state institution, which is the author of the most ridiculous official answer, was presented to the Armavir Municipality.