The number of people using Armenia’s e-governance tools for public services, introduced with the support of the European Union, has risen significantly during the state of emergency declared to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The number of the applications sent by citizens in March 2020, via the one-window system for electronic requests – www.e-request.am – was 5,329, with a significant increase in the number of applications observed so far in April. In comparison, in January 2020, the number of applications was only 910, meaning that the number has increased fivefold.
The sharp increase in the number of applications demonstrates that the introduction of the electronic system is not only an innovative and effective way to apply or submit a complaint or a request to different government agencies, but is also a useful tool that makes the daily lives of citizens easier.
The one-window system for electronic requests and a number of electronic governance tools, which are part of public administration reforms in Armenia, have been introduced with the support of the European Union and are aimed at improving the delivery of public service.
Since 2016, the European Union has committed over €20 million to support public administration and public finance management reforms in Armenia. With the support of the EU, more than 10 e-governance platforms have been established in Armenia, among them the electronic document management system “Mulberry,” the electronic system of the State Register for Legal Entities – www.e-register.am, the unified website for publications of draft legal acts – www.e-draft.am, the electronic notary system www.e-notary.am, and the hot line service of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia – www.e-hotline.am, etc.
As part of the EU’s support, a number of civil servants and representatives of government agencies have enhanced their knowledge and skills in different EU member states, to contribute to a more efficient, accountable and innovative public administration system.
Public administration reforms are one of the core sectors in horizontal reforms, and the introduction of electronic governance tools improves the quality of citizens’ lives. As a result of public administration reforms, the public administration system becomes more transparent, accountable, innovative and efficient.