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Concept on Constitutional Reforms

16 June 2014
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On 5 June a political party consultation on a draft concept paper on constitutional reform in Armenia was held in Yerevan. The consultation was organised by the Specialised Commission on Constitutional Reforms of the President of the Republic of Armenia, in cooperation with the OSCE in Yerevan, the EU Delegation in Armenia and the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ).

The Head of the EU Delegation, Traian Hristea, highlighted the importance of open, transparent discussions on high-level issues such as constitutional reforms: ‘There are three major questions to be asked in this area: 1. Is the reform necessary and, if yes, is it crucial now? 2. What form of governance is most suitable for Armenia? 3. How does the constitutional reform process link to electoral reform? Armenia’s constitution, according to expert opinion, is in reasonable shape; however, improvements are still necessary, for example in promoting human rights advocacy. The EU can help in this regard, but it is not for the EU to advise Armenia on which governance system the country should have’.

Hristea added that whichever governance system is chosen, the possibility of changing electoral law should be considered. He also expressed hope that the two-day discussion would contribute to a better understanding of the issue and sustainable dialogue between stakeholders.

The Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin, stated the expectations of the OSCE for Armenia to achieve legal solutions for systematic, practical and in-depth reform: ‘The role of political parties in fostering and overseeing the process of reforms in the country must be emphasised – I make no distinction between governmental and oppositional forces – each side has its unique role to play in this large political orchestra’.

The German Amassador to Armenia, Reiner Morell, highly appreciated the role that GIZ had played in developing concept papers for constitutional reforms: ‘Every constitution can only provide a legal framework – process will come about only when the acting persons and institutions take this framework and bring it to life in a responsible way’.

Gagik Harutyunyan, Chairman of the Professional Commission for Constitutional Reforms of the President of Armenia, gave a presentation on the layout of the constitutional reforms and explained why they were needed, which opened a general discussion on the topic.

Concept on Constitutional Reforms

On 5 June a political party consultation on a draft concept paper on constitutional reform in Armenia was held in Yerevan. The consultation was organised by the Specialised Commission on Constitutional Reforms of the President of the Republic of Armenia, in cooperation with the OSCE in Yerevan, the EU Delegation in Armenia and the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ). The Head of the EU Delegation, Traian Hristea, highlighted the importance of open, transparent discussions on high-level issues such as constitutional reforms: ‘There are three major questions to be asked in this area: 1. Is the reform necessary and, if yes, is it crucial now? 2. What form of governance is most suitable for Armenia? 3. How does the constitutional reform process link to electoral reform? Armenia’s constitution, according to expert opinion, is in reasonable shape; however, improvements are still necessary, for example in promoting human rights advocacy. The EU can help in this regard, but it is not for the EU to advise Armenia on which governance system the country should have’. Hristea added that whichever governance system is chosen, the possibility of changing electoral law should be considered. He also expressed hope that the two-day discussion would contribute to a better understanding of the issue and sustainable dialogue between stakeholders. The Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin, stated the expectations of the OSCE for Armenia to achieve legal solutions for systematic, practical and in-depth reform: ‘The role of political parties in fostering and overseeing the process of reforms in the country must be emphasised – I make no distinction between governmental and oppositional forces – each side has its unique role to play in this large political orchestra’. The German Amassador to Armenia, Reiner Morell, highly appreciated the role that GIZ had played in developing concept papers for constitutional reforms: ‘Every constitution can only provide a legal framework – process will come about only when the acting persons and institutions take this framework and bring it to life in a responsible way’. Gagik Harutyunyan, Chairman of the Professional Commission for Constitutional Reforms of the President of Armenia, gave a presentation on the layout of the constitutional reforms and explained why they were needed, which opened a general discussion on the topic.