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Law on openness government bodies and governance enters into force in Uzbekistan

7 May 2014

A law "On openness of activities of the government bodies and governance" entered into force in Uzbekistan.

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan passed the law on March 11, 2014 and the Senate approved it on April 10, 2014. President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed the document on May 6, 2014.

The document was published in the national media of the republic on May 6 and in accordance to the final article of the law, it enters into force from the date of publication.

The goal of the law is to regulate relations in openness of the activities of the state bodies and administration, the first article of the document said.

The adopted law establishes the legal framework of access of individuals and legal entities to information about the activities of government bodies and governance, provides a guarantee to receive this information.

The main principles of openness of public bodies and administration are accessibility, timeliness and reliability of information provided, openness and transparency of their activities, freedom to seek , receive and disseminate information on activities of public authorities.

The information about the activities of state bodies include the normative-legal acts that establish the legal status of state agencies and departments, the acts adopted by government agencies, information about the progress of their performance, information about developed normative-legal acts projects by government agencies, the normative-legal acts on the implementation of state and other programs, on the implemented public events, on the interactions with other government agencies, individuals and legal entities, as well as foreign and international organizations.

Information about the activities of government bodies are also considered information on key indicators; including socio-economic development, characterizing the state of the industry related to the activity sphere of government agencies and the dynamics of its development, information on open tenders and the auctions organized by government agencies, information on job vacancies, and plans to hold public collegial meetings of government agencies.

The law limits access to the information about activities of government agencies if this information is classified in accordance with the law as the information constituting state secrets or other secrets protected by law.