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CSOs and media against corruption

18 March 2014
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On 11 March 2014, in Gyumri an awareness-raising seminar on anti-corruption efforts was held within the framework of the EU-funded “Multi-faced anti-corruption promotion” project . The aim of the event was to present representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media from Shirak and Aragatsotn regions with the project’s main strategic directions.Economic Advisor of the Cooperation Section Alessandro Zanotta spoke about the global nature of the problem of corruption in the public sector and its relevance in Armenia: ‘Corruption is a big challenge for Armenia. Despite some problems corruption perception index of Armenia is high; it is in 94th place out of 175 countries in the 2013 global corruption perception index. The proper and effective implementation of anti-corruption policies and laws remains a priority for the country. The EU is happy to work with CSOs and media organisations to improve and undertake more efforts to tackle corruption in Armenia at both the central and regional level’. Karen Zadoyan, President of the Armenian Young Lawyers Association, stated that corruption was a serious problem in Armenia, and outlined the project’s strategic directions: to empower NGOs to have the capacity to monitor and evaluate; to enhance the role of NGOs in anti-corruption efforts and in the implementation of the government’s 2012-2016 judicial system reforms; to establish an independent, united anti-corruption structure. Within the framework of the project anti-corruption training workshops will be organised throughout Armenia, the purpose of which is to enable CSOs and media organisations to better comprehend issues related to anti-corruption and freedom of information. Furthermore, small grants will be given to raise the effectiveness of public monitoring and the implementation of appropriate monitoring, to act as a watchdog, and to investigative activities. The 3-year project is funded by the EU, and implemented by the Armenian young Lawyers Association and the “Freedom of Information Centre” NGO, and has a budget of €650,000.

CSOs and media against corruption

On 11 March 2014, in Gyumri an awareness-raising seminar on anti-corruption efforts was held within the framework of the EU-funded “Multi-faced anti-corruption promotion” project . The aim of the event was to present representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media from Shirak and Aragatsotn regions with the project’s main strategic directions.Economic Advisor of the Cooperation Section Alessandro Zanotta spoke about the global nature of the problem of corruption in the public sector and its relevance in Armenia: ‘Corruption is a big challenge for Armenia. Despite some problems corruption perception index of Armenia is high; it is in 94th place out of 175 countries in the 2013 global corruption perception index. The proper and effective implementation of anti-corruption policies and laws remains a priority for the country. The EU is happy to work with CSOs and media organisations to improve and undertake more efforts to tackle corruption in Armenia at both the central and regional level’. Karen Zadoyan, President of the Armenian Young Lawyers Association, stated that corruption was a serious problem in Armenia, and outlined the project’s strategic directions: to empower NGOs to have the capacity to monitor and evaluate; to enhance the role of NGOs in anti-corruption efforts and in the implementation of the government’s 2012-2016 judicial system reforms; to establish an independent, united anti-corruption structure. Within the framework of the project anti-corruption training workshops will be organised throughout Armenia, the purpose of which is to enable CSOs and media organisations to better comprehend issues related to anti-corruption and freedom of information. Furthermore, small grants will be given to raise the effectiveness of public monitoring and the implementation of appropriate monitoring, to act as a watchdog, and to investigative activities. The 3-year project is funded by the EU, and implemented by the Armenian young Lawyers Association and the “Freedom of Information Centre” NGO, and has a budget of €650,000.