Armenia-Russia trade turnover is down though Armenia has been a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) for over half a year. The National Statistical Service fixes the trade turnover between the two countries during the first half of 2015 plunged twice from 535 million US dollars to 242 million US dollars.
The constitutional reforms in Armenia – a process which will turn Armenia into a parliamentary republic – are absolutely fenced from the society. The society does not have faith in the process and in its implementers. The amended constitution is hugely likely to remain a dead letter, political analysts and rights defenders believe.
The civic disobedience against the electricity price hike instantly fuelled the process of solving a number of issues between Armenia and Russia. Though it cannot be actually stated that the ongoing protests in the downtown of Yerevan have led to the solution of issues, the protests are likely to have catalyzed the process, political analysts believe.
The clash between protesters and police officers on Baghramyan Avenue on early Tuesday morning is an unreasonable use of force to break up a peaceful, festive sit-in protesters and punitive operation conducted by the police, rights defenders believe.
The open mines and tailings in Lori Region can affect health of both the surrounding ecosystem and people.
The Media Center, in cooperation with the NGO Center in Vanadzor, held a panel discussion on the environmental challenges and healthcare.
The electricity price hike will plunge the country into difficult socioeconomic conditions. The ensuing price increases will hit consumers hard in the pocket and discourage the competitiveness of businesses, economist Artak Manukyan believes.
Armenia attracts tourists and has great prospects for tourism development. Yet the country fails to present at all or at a proper level its big potential. Though tourism has been declared a priority sector in Armenia and though the inflow of travelers is growing with every passing year, nevertheless, many challenges remain unaddressed, namely the lack of information about the places of interest, logistics problems, as well as expensive air tickets.
Armenia intends to develop a new bill on nuclear energy based on the IAEA specialists’ proposals. Though the current law has repeatedly been amended, the legislative framework needs updating. The new bill will synthesize the lessons drawn from the Fukushima accident, as well as nuclear materials and means of protection.
The parliamentary elections in Turkey evolved into a political crisis. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the elections but it lost the majority in the parliament. In a serious situation, AKP is searching for possibilities to build a coalition with other political forces in the parliament.
The main environmental issues still unresolved in Armenia are the subsoil exploitation, waste management and poor condition of Ararat artesian basin. The problems affect the environment and human health, green activists said at the Media Center.
Political forces consider local elections important. Few of the opposition, however, run for the posts at local governments. The same situation is observed during the pre-election period of the June 7 elections.
At the 2013 Vilnius Summit Armenia – unlike Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova – did not sign the EU Association Agreement following its joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Brussels and Yerevan, though, intend to sign a new agreement which will be based on the previously drafted variant and will embrace the new realities as well, namely Armenia’s commitments to the EEU.
Following the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Brussels and Yerevan confirmed their readiness to continue the dialogue for visa facilitation and development of a new agreement, say the Armenian participants of the recent Eastern Partnership Civil Forum in Riga.