Irrespective of status of signing the European Union Association Agreement, Armenia remains a member state of the Council of Europe (CoE). Consequently, the Council will continue its support to Armenia through projects aimed at fostering democracy, human rights and rule of law.
While the representatives of state authorities claim that additional release of 70 million cubic meters of water from Sevan essential for the irrigation of Ararat Valley will not result in a negative water balance in the lake, the environmentalists believe that there is a different reason for the additional water release and that it will damage the lake’s eco system considerably.
The Five Year Mental Health Strategy envisions a number of activities (training of specialists, needs assessment and creation of community centers) that will allow achieving such progress to satisfy those in charge of this field and the families of people with mental issues.
One year after the elections of Yerevan City Council the representatives of the majority Republican Party faction believe that the Mayor has successfully carried out the campaign promises. Meanwhile, representatives of other political forces consider that the negative prevails and back up their opinion by a number of examples, including the Closed Market, Komitas 5, the red parking lines, the decision to erect a statue dedicated to Anastas Mikoyan and other issues.
Over the past five years, Armenia's national debt increased drastically from AMD 584.6 billion to AMD 1861.3 billion at the end of 2013 and amounted to 44% of GDP (gross domestic product). This was announced by Artak Kyurumyan, independent researcher, Business Administration graduate of Tulane University at the discussion entitled “Management of the National Debt in Armenia: Political Decisions and Their Consequences.” The speaker also noted that the sharp increase in the government debt is conditioned by dram depreciation.
The Commission on Constitutional Reforms established under the President of Armenia, has lately announced the draft Concept for Constitutional Amendments. The draft concept proposes parliamentary system of governance as a possible alternative to the existing political system.
On April 25th, 2014, Media Center held a panel discussion about an upcoming event organized by the "Hye Dzmer Pap" Charitable Foundation and the Hi-Artonline Fine Arts Center. From April 25th to May 23rd, there will be an art exhibit entitled "Art on the Border", which will feature artwork from 15 Armenian artists. The proceeds from the benefit art exhibition will go towards purchasing a fruit and vegetable dryer for the border village of Vazashen.
On April 24, 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be celebrated in Istanbul and other cities of Turkey. Year by year, these rallies are becoming more and more popular and not only Armenians residing in Turkey attend it, but also big number of Kurds and Turks.
Any mistake in the policy of the Armenian side can create the danger of destruction of Armenian districts in Syria.
Within the three-year civil war in Syria 150.000 people have been killed according to various sources. Numerous Armenians living in Syria are in the epicenter of this humanitarian disaster.
On April 17th, Media Center held a screening of Kessab documentary in the Vanadzor Charles Aznavour Culture House.The film is the first in a series of three that is dedicated to the city. The film-maker, Nane Bagratuny, began this project four years ago, long before the attacks on the city that occurred earlier this month.
The issue of changing Yerevan public transport fares is once again on public agenda. The passenger carriers insist on the inevitability of fare increase, while the citizens question the appropriateness of such a move.
“Foreign policy successes of Armenia are based on mistakes of Turkey and Azerbaijan and the main goal must be taking benefits of those mistakes”, Richard Giragosian, political analyst, said today during “Is Armenia independent in foreign policy decisions” discussion.