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Anti-corruption platform for CSOs and Media

15 May 2013

An EU seminar to encourage civil society and the media to fight corruption in Armenia took place on 18 March 2013. The main goal of the event was to establish a platform for Armenian civil society and media organisations to discuss their anti-corruption actions.
The Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Onno Simons, welcomed the participants, stating that in recent years the political leadership of Armenia had regularly expressed its readiness to fight corruption. In 2011 there had been some indication of fighting high level corruption, demonstrated by several corruption-related dismissals.
‘However, despite some progress, the level of corruption remains high in Armenia. The country stands in 105th out of 176 countries and territories in the world in terms of the 2012 Corruption Perception Index. Proper and effective implementation of policies and laws obviously remain a challenge. Corruption is still considered a major problem for Armenia’, stated Simons.
Simons added that civil society and the media had been active on this issue; however, greater involvement and joint anti-corruption activities were necessary. For example, effective monitoring mechanisms to assess progress should be established in anti-corruption strategies, efficiency in action plans should be improved, and media should make their voices heard more.

EU experts presented best practices for civil society, showed how civil society and media can get involved in the review of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, to which Armenia is a signatory.

The seminar also proposed concrete ways for improving the cooperation between Armenian civil society organisations and media on the national, regional, international level, as well integration into international anti-corruption networks.

The event was conducted within the framework of the EU-funded “Situation Analyses of Public Sector Corruption in Armenia” project, which will run from January-June 2013. The project’s team leader, Londa Esadze, explained that the main objective of the project was to support the EU Delegation to Armenia to better understand anti-corruption policies in Armenia and to offer recommendations: ‘Within the project we are going to conduct situation analyses of all actors, structures and direct actions in anti-corruption processes in Armenia, conduct assessments of Armenia’s 2009-2012 anti-corruption strategy and action plan, and finally develop a package of recommendations’.

Anti-corruption platform for CSOs and Media

An EU seminar to encourage civil society and the media to fight corruption in Armenia took place on 18 March 2013. The main goal of the event was to establish a platform for Armenian civil society and media organisations to discuss their anti-corruption actions. The Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Onno Simons, welcomed the participants, stating that in recent years the political leadership of Armenia had regularly expressed its readiness to fight corruption. In 2011 there had been some indication of fighting high level corruption, demonstrated by several corruption-related dismissals. 'However, despite some progress, the level of corruption remains high in Armenia. The country stands in 105th out of 176 countries and territories in the world in terms of the 2012 Corruption Perception Index. Proper and effective implementation of policies and laws obviously remain a challenge. Corruption is still considered a major problem for Armenia', stated Simons. Simons added that civil society and the media had been active on this issue; however, greater involvement and joint anti-corruption activities were necessary. For example, effective monitoring mechanisms to assess progress should be established in anti-corruption strategies, efficiency in action plans should be improved, and media should make their voices heard more. EU experts presented best practices for civil society, showed how civil society and media can get involved in the review of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, to which Armenia is a signatory. The seminar also proposed concrete ways for improving the cooperation between Armenian civil society organisations and media on the national, regional, international level, as well integration into international anti-corruption networks. The event was conducted within the framework of the EU-funded “Situation Analyses of Public Sector Corruption in Armenia” project, which will run from January-June 2013. The project’s team leader, Londa Esadze, explained that the main objective of the project was to support the EU Delegation to Armenia to better understand anti-corruption policies in Armenia and to offer recommendations: 'Within the project we are going to conduct situation analyses of all actors, structures and direct actions in anti-corruption processes in Armenia, conduct assessments of Armenia’s 2009-2012 anti-corruption strategy and action plan, and finally develop a package of recommendations'.