On 24 June 2020, Ambassador Paruyr Hovhannisyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia, signed the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents (CETS No. 205), also known as Tromsø Convention, in the office and presence of Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
This Convention is the first binding international legal instrument to recognise a general right of access to official documents held by public authorities. Transparency of public authorities is a key feature of good governance and an indicator of whether or not a society is genuinely democratic and pluralist. The right of access to official documents is also essential to the self-development of people and to the exercise of fundamental human rights. It also strengthens public authorities’ legitimacy in the eyes of the public, and its confidence in them.