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A working meeting entitled “Possibilities and challenges of establishing an independent institutional system for fighting against corruption in the Republic of Armenia” took place on 15 December 2015 with financial support from the EU and the OSCE Office in Yerevan. Representatives from international organisations, state institutions, civil society from across the country, and the media attended the event.
ARS_0147Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, said he was always happy to take part in events dedicated to fighting corruption: ‘I always gladly accept invitations and I am always ready to speak about the EU’s commitment to fighting corruption. I believe that corruption is one of the most important strategic, systemic, and structural epidemics hampering Armenia’s growth. I am convinced that, by not tackling corruption effectively, Armenia will not be able to move forward in a dynamic way. I am saying this based on the experience of the other countries which have gone through a transformation process, and on my own observations here in Armenia. Therefore, for the EU, assisting Armenia to fight corruption is a natural priority. I believe this meeting is very important, because it brings together civil society, and marks civil society’s role in this process as important. This means not only in putting pressure on the government and state institutions, not only in monitoring and serving as a watchdog, but also serving as a source of intellectual inspiration and mobilisation for public opinion’.
The Armenian Deputy Minister of Justice, Suren Krmoyan, talked on behalf of the Armenian government about anti-corruption achievements: ‘2015 was a very crucial year for Armenia’s fight against corruption. We have managed to form an institutional system and a new board for combating corruption. In cooperation with our partners, we adopted a new anti-corruption strategy, and set up a government-civil society collaboration platform, which allows us to cooperate actively with civil society in the fight against corruption. Very good conditions for the implementation of anti-corruption programmes have recently been formed. One of the main targets of our strategy is to form a joint intolerance towards corruption in Armenia. Each citizen has to take part in this fight’.