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Multi-faceted anti-corruption promotion

28 March 2014

On 25 March 2014 the opening ceremony of the “Multi-faced Anti-Corruption Promotion” project took place in the Picasso Hall of the Best Western Congress Hotel in Yerevan. The project is to be carried out by the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO, with the support from the European Union. The main goal of the project is to raise awareness and improve the role of civil society and media in promoting anti-corruption reforms.
Within the framework of the project, training sessions for media and civil society organisations (CSOs) will be organised throughout Armenia.
Traian Hristea, the Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, pointed out in his speech that the project would focus on strengthening of the capacity of CSOs and the media to undertake anti-corruption monitoring, well as promote anti-corruption reforms through both criticism and direct participation: ‘Corruption within the public sector remains one of the world’s biggest challenges. It is also a large issue in Armenia. According to the 2013 Corruption Perception Index 2013, Armenia is ranked 94th out of 175 countries and territories’.
The project should create sustainable dialogue between CSOs and the Government to strengthen anti-corruption mechanisms. The EU is committed to promoting the role of both civil society and media in fighting corruption. In the framework of the project, small grants will be awarded to non-governmental organizations and journalists who concentrate on corruption prevention, monitoring and investigation.
Karen Zadoyan, the President of the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO presented the key points of the project, highlighting in particular the importance of combating illegal enrichment: ‘The main concept is to change the perception of the presumption of innocence. If a person cannot be considered guilty for as long as his crime is not proved, there is a “vice-versa” situation. An official suspected of corruption will have to justify their tangible assets. In case they cannot, they will have to face justice’.
The “Multi-Faceted Anti-Corruption Promotion” project will last for three years (from January 2014 until December 2016) and has a total budget of €650,000.

Multi-faceted anti-corruption promotion

On 25 March 2014 the opening ceremony of the “Multi-faced Anti-Corruption Promotion” project took place in the Picasso Hall of the Best Western Congress Hotel in Yerevan. The project is to be carried out by the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO, with the support from the European Union. The main goal of the project is to raise awareness and improve the role of civil society and media in promoting anti-corruption reforms. Within the framework of the project, training sessions for media and civil society organisations (CSOs) will be organised throughout Armenia. Traian Hristea, the Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, pointed out in his speech that the project would focus on strengthening of the capacity of CSOs and the media to undertake anti-corruption monitoring, well as promote anti-corruption reforms through both criticism and direct participation: ‘Corruption within the public sector remains one of the world’s biggest challenges. It is also a large issue in Armenia. According to the 2013 Corruption Perception Index 2013, Armenia is ranked 94th out of 175 countries and territories’. The project should create sustainable dialogue between CSOs and the Government to strengthen anti-corruption mechanisms. The EU is committed to promoting the role of both civil society and media in fighting corruption. In the framework of the project, small grants will be awarded to non-governmental organizations and journalists who concentrate on corruption prevention, monitoring and investigation. Karen Zadoyan, the President of the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO presented the key points of the project, highlighting in particular the importance of combating illegal enrichment: ‘The main concept is to change the perception of the presumption of innocence. If a person cannot be considered guilty for as long as his crime is not proved, there is a “vice-versa” situation. An official suspected of corruption will have to justify their tangible assets. In case they cannot, they will have to face justice’. The “Multi-Faceted Anti-Corruption Promotion” project will last for three years (from January 2014 until December 2016) and has a total budget of €650,000.