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On 1 February, the EU Delegation to Armenia launched a campaign to raise awareness of the negative effects of corruption and to highlight EU’s efforts in support of the fight against corruption in Armenia.
The campaign “Stop the Flow of Corruption”, developed in cooperation with the Armenian Government, anti-corruption experts, representatives of the civil society and the private sector, portrays typical examples of corruption (i.e. bribery, conflict of interests, oligopoly) and their harmful effects to the economic growth. It also shows what the EU and Armenia are doing together for reducing corruption within the society.
Piotr Świtalski, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Suren Krmoyan, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Justice, and Karen Zadoyan, the President of the Armenian Lawyers’ Association, attended the press conference and made statements.

ARS_5323The Ambassador welcomed the efforts of everyone involved in the development of the campaign: ‘The EU Delegation to Armenia wants to make 2017 a year anti-corruption. We believe it is a year of opportunity, we can make a decisive step forward.  We decided to start the campaign when Transparency International put Armenia lower in the Corruption Perception Index. This campaign is a good opportunity for Armenia to climb up again. For these efforts to be successful we need public support and societal feedback’.

ARS_5280Deputy Minister Krmoyan thanked the EU for its support: ‘Armenia’s government has a consistent position in the fight against corruption and we have been taking clear steps. For example, in recent months, with the help of our partners, we have criminalised illicit enrichment. Challenges are making us use alternative methods to fight corruption. We have limited resources, but we are firm in our struggle’.

ARS_5298Zadoyan highlighted the importance of the campaign: ‘We all encounter different forms of corruption every day. But where are the problems hidden? Where we can deal with those forms of corruption? The problems are hidden in two places. The first one is administrative, the second – political. Huge work has been done in both areas – 9 years ago, when we were talking about criminalisation of illicit enrichment, no one believed it could happen. But now it is a reality. 2017 will be year of challenges, but we are ready to fight’.
The “Stop the Flow of Corruption” campaign will continue throughout 2017 and will highlight different aspects of corruption and ways to fight it.