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Working Meeting on Anti-Corruption Strategy

5 September 2014
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A working meeting was held on 26 August on the draft of the Republic of Armenia 2014-2018 Anti-Corruption Strategy. Representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) and government attended the meeting. The event was opened by Karen Zadoyan, head of the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO. He presented the concept behind the anti-corruption strategy, which had been devised with the support and active participation of both civil society and officials.

Zadoyan noted vivid interest in the issue and expressed hope that current activity would raise the effectiveness of the anti-corruption system, highlighting the importance of dialogue between official institutions and civil society.

The Deputy Minister of Justice, Suren Qrmoyan, on behalf of the Armenian Ministry of Justice, said that fighting corruption had been very high on the Armenian government agenda for the last 15 years: ‘Local and international research shows that significant progress has been realised [in Armenia], and we have created a solid judicial foundation. The Armenian government’s participation in numerous international anti-corruption agreements is crucial’.

The Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, commented on the attitude of the Armenian political leadership: ‘The Armenian government has expressed its readiness to fight corruption through its inclusion in various programmes, strategy documents and the implementation of legal reforms. All branches of state power – legislative, executive and judicial – fully realise the importance of building a society free from corruption. This is a strong claim for change; that said, a change in management is required for this to be implemented as soon as possible’. Hoa-Binh Adjemian also stressed the importance of the inclusion of civil society in anti-corruption measures.

Qrmoyan stated that corruption risk reduction will be expanded to some new areas, included in the new draft – education, healthcare, the police, and state revenue accumulation processes: ‘We have big expectations from this working meeting, as the strategy will soon be concluded. We encourage our partners to express their ideas on the strategy itself and also on more general anti-corruption measures. Having the trust of society is the most important aspect in this process’.

The EU-funded “Multifaceted Anti-Corruption Promotion” project is aimed at increasing the role of CSOs in promoting anti-corruption reforms and their implementation. Within the framework of the project, the capacity of CSOs and the media to engage in monitoring and watchdog activities is being built. Small grants are being provided to raise the effectiveness of public monitoring and also implement appropriate monitoring and investigation. The duration of the project is 3 years with a total budget of €650,000.

Working Meeting on Anti-Corruption Strategy

A working meeting was held on 26 August on the draft of the Republic of Armenia 2014-2018 Anti-Corruption Strategy. Representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) and government attended the meeting. The event was opened by Karen Zadoyan, head of the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO. He presented the concept behind the anti-corruption strategy, which had been devised with the support and active participation of both civil society and officials. Zadoyan noted vivid interest in the issue and expressed hope that current activity would raise the effectiveness of the anti-corruption system, highlighting the importance of dialogue between official institutions and civil society. The Deputy Minister of Justice, Suren Qrmoyan, on behalf of the Armenian Ministry of Justice, said that fighting corruption had been very high on the Armenian government agenda for the last 15 years: ‘Local and international research shows that significant progress has been realised [in Armenia], and we have created a solid judicial foundation. The Armenian government’s participation in numerous international anti-corruption agreements is crucial’. The Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, commented on the attitude of the Armenian political leadership: ‘The Armenian government has expressed its readiness to fight corruption through its inclusion in various programmes, strategy documents and the implementation of legal reforms. All branches of state power – legislative, executive and judicial – fully realise the importance of building a society free from corruption. This is a strong claim for change; that said, a change in management is required for this to be implemented as soon as possible’. Hoa-Binh Adjemian also stressed the importance of the inclusion of civil society in anti-corruption measures. Qrmoyan stated that corruption risk reduction will be expanded to some new areas, included in the new draft – education, healthcare, the police, and state revenue accumulation processes: ‘We have big expectations from this working meeting, as the strategy will soon be concluded. We encourage our partners to express their ideas on the strategy itself and also on more general anti-corruption measures. Having the trust of society is the most important aspect in this process’. The EU-funded “Multifaceted Anti-Corruption Promotion” project is aimed at increasing the role of CSOs in promoting anti-corruption reforms and their implementation. Within the framework of the project, the capacity of CSOs and the media to engage in monitoring and watchdog activities is being built. Small grants are being provided to raise the effectiveness of public monitoring and also implement appropriate monitoring and investigation. The duration of the project is 3 years with a total budget of €650,000.