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Improving the EU Integration Committee

13 January 2014

On 13 December, the EU Advisory Group organised a seminar on the role of committees dealing with EU affairs in the parliaments of EU member states. The seminar was attended by staff from the Armenian office of the EU Integration Committee, as well as representatives from other National Assembly committees, the Department of Expertise, government institutions, and civil society organisations.
The seminar was aimed at presenting best practices from member state parliament committees dealing with EU affairs in order to improve the way in which the EU Integration Committee of the Armenian National Assembly functions.
The Political Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Andrej Didenko, stated that the seminar provided the opportunity to discuss the role of EU committees and to streamline EU Standing Committee functions.
Chairwoman of the Standing Committees on EU Integration of the National Assembly, Naira Zohrabyan, noted the importance of the seminar as a platform for EU-Armenia dialogue. She stressed key sectors where EU cooperation was crucial, including the fight against corruption, human rights protection, democracy, and freedom of speech: ‘We will face serious problems in these sectors without the EU’s active support, dialogue with the EU and the European Community is vitally necessary for Armenia’.
The Advisor on EU Aproximation and Governance, Ilmars Solims, shared the Latvian parliamentary experience, and gave presentations and chaired discussions on tasks and legal frameworks needed to make the functions of committees on EU affairs more effective.

Improving the EU Integration Committee

On 13 December, the EU Advisory Group organised a seminar on the role of committees dealing with EU affairs in the parliaments of EU member states. The seminar was attended by staff from the Armenian office of the EU Integration Committee, as well as representatives from other National Assembly committees, the Department of Expertise, government institutions, and civil society organisations. The seminar was aimed at presenting best practices from member state parliament committees dealing with EU affairs in order to improve the way in which the EU Integration Committee of the Armenian National Assembly functions. The Political Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Andrej Didenko, stated that the seminar provided the opportunity to discuss the role of EU committees and to streamline EU Standing Committee functions. Chairwoman of the Standing Committees on EU Integration of the National Assembly, Naira Zohrabyan, noted the importance of the seminar as a platform for EU-Armenia dialogue. She stressed key sectors where EU cooperation was crucial, including the fight against corruption, human rights protection, democracy, and freedom of speech: ‘We will face serious problems in these sectors without the EU’s active support, dialogue with the EU and the European Community is vitally necessary for Armenia’. The Advisor on EU Aproximation and Governance, Ilmars Solims, shared the Latvian parliamentary experience, and gave presentations and chaired discussions on tasks and legal frameworks needed to make the functions of committees on EU affairs more effective.