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.
Although the leaders of Armenia do not stop talking about ensuring transparency in public procurement, the cost efficiency is still concerning. In order to increase public control over public procurement sector, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center (TIAC) created a system of public procurement, which will operate in online regime.
A discussion was held in Artashat about Ararat Region's health care system and the new procedure for the certification of doctors, which was attended by various heads of medical institutions, doctors, and representatives of state structures and NGOs.
“The World Bank has funded a project to improve irrigation system and has given a credit of $ 30 million. However, the Government of Armenia decided that the irrigation program of Kaghtsrashen should be fulfilled by these means, and not the World Bank. So, it is RA government to cancel it,” Levon Galstyan, Pan-Armenian Environmental Front member, said during the discussion on “Construction of Garni Water Pipeline was Suspended: Further Developments” at Media Center.
A group of lawyers and journalists initiated a procedure of prosecuting Azerbaijan in the international courts related to the April armed clashes in the zone of NK conflict. At this moment they are conducting a fact-finding activity in order to apply to corresponding international institutions after collecting sufficient facts and evidences about the crimes committed by Azerbaijan. The institutions are the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the International Criminal Court.
“The year of 2017 is a pre-election year and it is natural that the authorities do not want the dissatisfied part of the society to be in the street. That is why they initiated the delay of compulsory component of the funded pension system for the private sector,” Mane Tandilyan, member of “Bright Armenia” Party, said this at Media Center.
Although the cancer mortality index of Armenia is one of the highest in the world, the state and public attention is limping about the treatment of this illness. There is lack of enough investments and infrastructures in the field and the awareness level of the society is rather low.
“After April four-day war it became more important to value the alive heroes. During the discussions we understood that monuments are usually devoted to victims in Armenia, there are no initiatives devoted to alive heroes. That is why we concentrated on alive heroes and want to thank them in this way,” Environmentalist Karine Panosyan said about this during the discussion on “Park of Alive Heroes” Project at Media Center.