The Electoral Code, adopted recently by the National Assembly, will be amended. An agreement was reached on a new set of amendments as a result of long negotiations between the opposition and government representatives in the "4 + 4 + 4" format. On June 16, they adopted a joint statement, which the civil society representatives did not join. They were not satisfied by the compromise on the amendments, and therefore, they preferred to abstain and issue a separate statement.
“The Reduction of the Electricity Price by 2.58 AMD will have no significant impact on economy, there will be about eight billion AMD saving. The impact on the pocket of ordinary citizens will be also tiny, each family will save 650-700AMD monthly,” Economist Vahagn Khachatryan said during the discussion on “What Influence Can Have the Reduction of the Electricity Price by 2.58 AMD on the Economy?” at Media Center.
The joint anti-aircraft warfare systems in Caucasus between Armenia and Russia should be considered not in the context of April war or the Russian policy in the region but just an agreement made between two states on defense system. Chairman of RA NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations Artak Zakaryan said this during the discussion on “Armenia and Russia Unite the Anti-Aircraft Warfare Systems: Risks or Opportunities?” at Media Center on June 16.
“Online medias should pay taxes and become legal entities. Regulation of online medias cannot restrict freedom of speech. Promiscuity and anarchy are too much and who tries to work in this field face numerous difficulties. Besides, the society distrusts the journalists and mass media at all. If some medias do not verify the information they provide, that is they have no responsibility towards the society, it impacts all the mass media means. People say I read in media. This should change and by a regulation,” Hakob Avetiqyan, Editor-in-Chief of Azg daily newspaper, said during the discussion at Media Center.
Inactivity of official Yerevan and Stepanakert are concerning. I am convinced that we would have a different situation in case of the April war, if they had created such processes that would have their roles in terms of restricting Azerbaijan.
The war in April on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone showed that although the authorities were expecting a war, but they were not ready and they were unaware of the attack. Elites also did not realize that as a result of the worsening of the situation, there could be dangerous position and territorial losses at the forefront which could become a threat for their occupied positions in the public consciousness.
The struggle between “Local Developers” company belonging to businessman Samvel Mayrapetyan and the residents of Teryan 23, Pushkin 4, 10 and Lalayants 37 buildings about the property right continues. The residents are sure that the construction company and its owner conduct the acquisition procedure of real estate “with violations of law, on which the Municipality and the courts turn a blind eye." The residents intend to go to court and start a new judicial procedure. They also do not trust the data provided by “Anikom” LTD that carried out the estimation of their apartments by Samvel Mayrapetyan’s request and are sure that their property was underestimated on purpose.
Although the gas price was reduced by 9.5 AMD per cubic meter by the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), but there was an opportunity to reduce it more than twice. Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee for consideration on Economic Affairs Mikayel Melkumyan and the President of the Union of Domestic Manufacturers Vazgen Safaryan said this during the discussion on “What impact will have the reduction of gas and electricity prices on the economy?” at Media Center on June 3.
“The adoption of the Armenian Genocide Resolution at the Bundestag was a slap to Turkey,” Expert of Turkish Studies Andranik Ispiryan said. “It was not a slap at all, it was just a little tweak,” Political Scientist Hayk Martirosyan said. Political analyst Stepan Safaryan mentioned that it is a result of a serious, unprecedented political consensus; it aims at the realization of the long-term policy with Turkey.
Varujan Hoktanyan, Head of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, Anahit Bakhshyan, Member of “Heritage” Party, Member of “Barev Yerevan” Faction of Yerevan Council, Karen Zadoyan, President of Armenian Association of Lawyers, Coordinator of Anti-Corruption Coalition Secretary of Armenian Civil Society Organizations and Economist Hayk Gevorgyan participated in the discussion on “Struggle against Corruption: Reality or Imitation?” organized by Media Center at “A1+” pavilion.
The field of aviation needs clarification of legislative regulations, state sponsorship and stricter control over the national airlines to avoid dumping things on the market, as well as ensuring equal conditions for all the airlines. Representatives of Air Transport Policy Sub-Committee of the Public Council drew attention to these problems during the press conference on "Problems of Aviation Sector in Armenia: is having a national airline an imperative?” at Media Center on June 2.
Each fifth woman is subjected to violence, in Armenia and during the last 5 years 30 women were killed by a partner or other family members in Armenia. In 2015 Armenia's security agencies recorded 784 reports of domestic violence. This number does not include cases marked as "irreconcilable families' or cases not submitted at all.
Community development ideas proposed by the students of Davtashen and Ajapnyak districts were fulfilled within the framework of "Youth taking action and making news" Project implemented by Public Journalism Club and funded by the US Embassy in Armenia.
“There are around 89 wine and brandy companies engaged in the production, only 9 of them store grapes but all of them are producing brandy. It is not clear from what they produce the brandy if grape is the only raw material and they do not store,” Artak Sargsyan, President of the Union of Armenian Viticulturists, said this during the discussion on “Viticulturists Demand Grape Purchase Money. Grape Store Companies and State Response” at Media Center and emphasized there is need for control in the field.