The recent deal between Iran and six world powers and ensuing lifting of sanctions will politically and economically benefit Armenia. The end of Tehran’s isolation will evolve into economic boost in Iran and, as a result, a set of Armenian-Iranian projects – Meghri power plant, oil pipeline, rail road construction – will come true.
The civil society representatives urge the European Union to specify more precise and strict criteria to evaluate the reforms Armenian authorities carried out within the European Partnership policy. The EU representative – who believes the criteria to be precise – says the criteria are worked out through long discussions with Armenian authorities and civil society representatives.
The examinations the conclusions of which are already known failed to address the vital issues voiced at the pretrial investigation of the murder of the seven Avetisyans in Gyumri, human rights defenders state.
Constitutional reforms will help the current authorities stand for next terms, which is a dangerous tendency, as such. The proposed parliamentary system allows the leader of the governing party “to make their governing eternal,” say the civil society representatives.
As Russian ruble plunged, Armenian agricultural product exporters have had to face a series of problems. To mitigate the damage a group of exporters have proposed to Armenia's government to revise the terms of the loan repayment and provide financial assistance to farmers who supply raw materials for businessmen. The Government is ready to discuss possible assistance options and recommends businessmen to diversify the export markets.
No drilling near the Sevan will ensue the petroleum exploration, authorities state. Green activists and civil society representatives, however, have little faith in these statements and voice their concerns.
Russian President Putin’s statement on a single currency in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came out of the blue. While the member states - with a lot of issues to have to deal with - have not yet coped with the challenges of economic integration, the process is fast-tracked, said Bagrat Asatryan, former head of the Central Bank of Armenia (1994-98) at the Media Center hosted discussion.
In 2014, 45 children with Down syndrome were born in Armenia, experts state. There is no accurate and timely statistical information while according to the Health Ministry, 22 infants with Down syndrome were abandoned and sent to residential institutions last year.
Though in his report Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks impartially focuses on the situation of human rights in Armenia, there are no actual positive shifts in the country, said human rights defenders at the Media Center hosted discussion.
The upcoming local elections in Armavir on March 15 will presumably be held in rather unusual circumstances. Locals have no alternative to the current city head since the only candidate is Ruben Khlghatyan from the governing Republican Party.
It is necessary to provide a legal framework for restoring capacity of people who have previously been deprived of it, defining the incapacity period, as well regulating the application procedure to court for people who assumingly lack capacity, government and civil society representatives said at the Media Center discussion.
The Government’s decision to establish an anti-corruption council chaired by the Armenian Prime Minister can hardly be an efficient tool and the council as such will not operate successfully unless there is an institutional approach. Such statement was made at the Media Center discussion.