The constitutional referendum held on December the 6th was conducted with very rude violations. Together with its violations, large extent of stuffing, abuse of administrative resources the referendum cannot be considered legitimate and fulfilled. Members of the ''Citizen- Observer'' and civil society representatives, who had carried out an observation mission on the referendum day at about 520 polling stations spoke on the violations observed.
The European Union and Armenia are developing efficient relations. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will visit Armenia and her visit will herald the EU willingness to foster efficient relations with Armenia, said Ambassador Piotr Switalski, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia.
Former employees of Yerevan subway consider the decision of December 2015, made by the Cassation Court, to be unfair according to which the termination of their contracts has a legal basis and they cannot recover their jobs at the Yerevan Metro.
As a result of judicial error there are sentenced people both in Armenia and in many other states of the world who need legal support and their cases need accurate journalistic investigation, said Zaruhi Mejlumyan, Head of “Armenian Innocence Project” NGO, at the Media Center hosted press conference.
It’s already long time that no real and qualitative economic growth was recorded in Armenia. 3,1% indicator of economic activity for 2015 published by the National Statistical Service (NSS) does not seem reliable. However, even if the economic activity indicator were 7%, no significant positive development would be recorded within the general population, taking into account the social polarization, high level of monopolization in the economy and unequal distribution of revenues.
There is progress in the human rights protection in the Armenian military forces but many issues still need to be solved. The security of soldiers is not provided in the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the contact line. There are problems in terms of conscripts’ check-up of soldiers, social affairs of officers and so on.
According to “Transparent International” anti-corruption organisation, the corruption perception index in Armenia did not change last year and there have been no clear reduction trends for 13 years in spite of different anti-corruption institutions and the corresponding strategy. Varujan Hoktanyan, Head of Transparent International anti-corruption center, said during press release at Media Center on January 27.
The devastating conditions for animals at Gyumri “zoo” need to be changed urgently. The animals, two bears and three lions, will leave Armenia not to return as long as the country does not provide proper conditions for them.
"Media Center", January 20, Yerevan. The suspension of the international sanctions against Iran opens wide political, economic and energetic prospects for that country in the Middle East and the South Caucasus. The end of Iran’s international isolation will give Armenia a good opportunity to intensify the economic and energetic cooperation with Tehran. There is a good chance to intensify also tourism from Iran to Armenia and vice versa, as well as to unite the tourism markets of two countries. This is the opinion of the experts, expressed during the discussion at Media Center.
Though the city council has worked in Yerevan for several years, it still fails to fully balance and monitor the city mayor’s activities. The mayor keeps maintaining power in the relations with the city council. The Mayor’s actions affected the programs of the city administration and effective enactment of the decisions.
The indicators of Armenian economy by the end of the year don't inspire optimism and upcoming 2016 will be hard time for economy. With the exception of agriculture and industry, an apparent decrease is noticed in spheres such as exporting, importing and transferring, had already expired itself. The economists announced about that during the discussion, which took place in Media Center.
The major debates over the proposed constitution turned the spotlight on the government system. However, the proposed constitution, the authorities insist, will affect the economy and, especially, the component of competitiveness. The new document proposes changes in the policy of economic competitiveness.
The deterioration in the Russian-Turkish relations will not turn into a military clash but will have a significant influence on the South Caucasus where the interests of Moscow and Ankara meet. In this situation Armenia should have a cautious and circumspect policy in order to reduce the negative consequences of Russian-Turkish conflict. On the other hand, it is not excluded that Turkey will try to open the second front against Russia by the escalation of NKR conflict via Azerbaijan.
The Republican Party has advocated for the parliamentary system since 1990, said Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Eduard Sharmazanov. He recalled the then Head of the Republican Party Ashot Navasardyan who along with other five political leaders spoke against President Ter-Petrosyan’s Constitution and proposed to establish a parliamentary system.