During the eighth session the Fifth Armenian Parliament adopted four times more laws at special parliamentary meetings than the lawmakers managed to adopt during the whole session. 90 out of 112 legislative amendments were adopted at special meetings, with lawmakers initiating only 8 /7%/ laws.
Though the new Election Code is to be drafted according to President Serzh Sargsyan’s decision and introduced to the Parliament no later than March 1, the opposition, civil society representatives and even experts know little about the provisions of the document.
Armenia needs a business ombudsman to improve the effective protection of the interests of business in the country. Besides, the NGOs defending the interests of business should activate the work with government bodies.
Human rights defenders refuse to agree with the official explanation for civic activist Vardges Gaspari’s detention. They describe the detention as “an illegal and unreasonable act” and Gaspari is detained for his political views.
The Armenian Government borrows a loan of USD 30 million to pay short-term loans of state electricity stations rather than to improve the energy industry in the country. As a result, the payment period is prolonged, with the Government increasing its gross debt.
Yerevan is losing its face as ancient buildings in the center of the city are being demolished. Demolition of buildings and ancient underground wine cellars on Pushkin, Abovyan and Aram streets, along with the construction of multifunctional buildings in these territories, damages not only the architectural view of Yerevan but also its attractiveness for tourism and wine industry. Representatives of tour operators and wine industry stated this at the Media Center conference held on 19 February.
The February 14 local elections in the consolidated communities in Tavush, Syunik and Lori regions are credible despite some minor violations. The Central Electoral Committee did not receive complaints.
After the investigation of domestic violence cases in Armenia quite often biased decisions are made. The court views even a case of murder as a crime out of jealousy and makes very mild verdicts. As a result, the number of domestic violence cases increases, believe civil society representatives.
Education experts are concerned that teaching the History of the Armenian Church is an agitation, whereas other experts believe that it is a must since the Christian education establishes moral values for children.
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.