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EU-Armenia joint fight against corruption

26 November 2015
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On 25 November 2015 the European Union Delegation organised a discussion with donor organisations on the fight against corruption. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Switalski, and the Minister of Justice of Armenia, Arpine Hovhannisyan, opened the discussion. Ambassador Switalski stated that Armenia requires the same national unity to fight against corruption as they have achieved with regard to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide or the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. ARS_8708‘The EU Delegation is proud to be associated with the efforts to combat corruption in Armenia.  I cannot remember any recent public meetings which have not touched upon the question about corruption in Armenia.As you all know, Armenia is 96th out of 176 in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, the best-ranking member of the Eurasian Economic Union, in comparison to Belarus, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. However, it is important to note that Georgia is in 50th place. Georgia is rated better than several EU countries, including the Czech Republic. Georgia has made a breakthrough, and the lesson is clear – you can do it as well.’ stated the ambassador. The ambassador also talked about political opposition members’ accusations of corruption against the Armenian government and their pleas for the EU’s direct involvement in combating it. He noted their concerns and confirmed that the EU would fight corruption but with the full cooperation of the government. Minister Hovhannisyan thanked the EU Delegation to the Republic of Armenia for organising the discussion and stressed the government’s dedication: ARS_8696‘The government of Armenia realises the dangerous impact corruption can have on economic development and on the rule of law, as well as human rights protection. The government is determined to fight corruption. Our goal in this process is to overcome corruption through joint efforts. Therefore, I emphasise the importance of the involvement and participation of all stakeholders, including state authorities, non-governmental and international organisations, and Armenian society itself in this process. A number of important actions have been taken during the last few years to reduce corruption in Armenia. The most important was the formation of the Anti-corruption Council in February 2015’. The Deputy Minister of Justice in Armenia, Suren Krmoyan, presented the first report to be discussed: Anti-corruption Strategy and Implementation in the Republic of Armenia, 2015-2018 Action Plan. Afterwards, representatives of donor organisations also presented their reports, where they made recommendations for implementation of the anti-corruption strategy action plan. Ambassadors to Armenia, and representatives from international organisations, from the Office of the President of Armenia, and Armenian governmental and non-governmental organisations also participated in the discussion.

EU-Armenia joint fight against corruption

On 25 November 2015 the European Union Delegation organised a discussion with donor organisations on the fight against corruption. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Switalski, and the Minister of Justice of Armenia, Arpine Hovhannisyan, opened the discussion. Ambassador Switalski stated that Armenia requires the same national unity to fight against corruption as they have achieved with regard to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide or the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. ARS_8708‘The EU Delegation is proud to be associated with the efforts to combat corruption in Armenia.  I cannot remember any recent public meetings which have not touched upon the question about corruption in Armenia.As you all know, Armenia is 96th out of 176 in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, the best-ranking member of the Eurasian Economic Union, in comparison to Belarus, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. However, it is important to note that Georgia is in 50th place. Georgia is rated better than several EU countries, including the Czech Republic. Georgia has made a breakthrough, and the lesson is clear – you can do it as well.’ stated the ambassador. The ambassador also talked about political opposition members' accusations of corruption against the Armenian government and their pleas for the EU’s direct involvement in combating it. He noted their concerns and confirmed that the EU would fight corruption but with the full cooperation of the government. Minister Hovhannisyan thanked the EU Delegation to the Republic of Armenia for organising the discussion and stressed the government’s dedication: ARS_8696‘The government of Armenia realises the dangerous impact corruption can have on economic development and on the rule of law, as well as human rights protection. The government is determined to fight corruption. Our goal in this process is to overcome corruption through joint efforts. Therefore, I emphasise the importance of the involvement and participation of all stakeholders, including state authorities, non-governmental and international organisations, and Armenian society itself in this process. A number of important actions have been taken during the last few years to reduce corruption in Armenia. The most important was the formation of the Anti-corruption Council in February 2015’. The Deputy Minister of Justice in Armenia, Suren Krmoyan, presented the first report to be discussed: Anti-corruption Strategy and Implementation in the Republic of Armenia, 2015-2018 Action Plan. Afterwards, representatives of donor organisations also presented their reports, where they made recommendations for implementation of the anti-corruption strategy action plan. Ambassadors to Armenia, and representatives from international organisations, from the Office of the President of Armenia, and Armenian governmental and non-governmental organisations also participated in the discussion.