Armenia needs comprehensive constitutional reforms which, however, must be carried out through a large-scale public and political consolidation. They must not be a mere imitation aimed at reproduction of the current authorities otherwise constitutional reforms will not enhance changes.
In less than a year, namely on July 1, 2015 Armenia will complete the digitalization of TV broadcasting. However, there still remain unresolved legal, technical and social issues. Ashot Melikyan, Head of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, believes the current RA Law on Television and Radio, full of drawbacks, “is not enough to make this transition.
Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) membership will never benefit Armenia. As a result of one-year negotiations, Armenia is now in economic and political isolation.
The speakers at the Media Center initiated online debate entitled “EEU Membership: Security or Economic Regress” included: Zoya Tadevosyan (Associate Professor at the Chair of International Economic Relations at ASUE, Doctor of Economics), Atom Margaryan (Dean of the Department of Regulation of Economy and International Economic Relations at ASUE), Gharib Harutyunyan (Head of Compass research center, Economics PhD), Vardan Bostanjyan (Doctor of Economics, professor), Hovhannes Igityan (former head of the NA Committee of International Relations, international expert), and Ashot Yeghiazaryan (economist expert).
The Higher Eurasian Economic Council, at the level of Presidents of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the governments of the three nations in collaboration with the Armenian Government, defined July 1 as deadline for Armenia’s signing the Eurasian Economic Treaty.
The Armenian parliamentary opposition parties question the credibility of the new Government headed by Hovik Abrahamyan, expecting little from the recent proposed program. However, the governing Republican Party insists on allowing the newly established Government time to carry out its program.
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.
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.
"I officially declare that there is no driver in Armenia who will not be held administratively liable for traffic rules violation. There is no vehicle which will not be registered when exceeding speed limit by traffic safety and speed cameras," Deputy Chief of the Traffic Police Armen Khachatryan said at a debate held by the Media Center entitled: "Traffic Safety and Speed Cameras: safety or additional problems?"
“There will be no reductions made to the water levels of Sevan. I want to dispel rumors about water drainage from the lake: there has been no illegal run out in recent years”, said Yuri Javadyan, the chairman of Lake Sevan Issues Committee of Armenian President, during a debate about “The Run-Out of Water from Sevan, the Needs and the Results”.
“It will be possible to provide all the families that were left without homes in Shirak after the disastrous earthquake will be provided with apartments only in 2014”, promised Albert Margaryan, head of the Urban Development Department of Shirak Regional Administration during the debate entitled “The Earthquake: 25 Years After” organized on December 12.
It is important that the Vilnius Summit delivers a message that the EU will continue to strengthen its relations with partner countries. Such statement was made by Alexander Arzumanyan at the TV debate entitled ‘Vilnius Summit: Political Defeat or New Opportunity for Armenia?’
On May 2, at 4 p.m., Media Center hosted a debate organized upon its own initiative, “Prior to Municipal Election: Campaign Sum-up and Ballot Control”, with participation of proportionate list candidates Artur Yeghiazaryan (ARF), Sergey Bagratyan (PAP), Avet Poghosyan (ANC), Manuk Sukiasyan (Mission), Daniel Ionesyan (Barev Yerevan), and Hovhannes Hovhannisyan (OEK).
On April 26, at 5 p.m., Media Center hosted a debate “Prior to Municipal Elections: The Vision of Yerevan Development” with participation of proportionate party list members Artsvik Minasyan (ARF), Artur Gasparyan (Barev Yerevan), Artur Misakyan (OEK),Vladimir Karapetyan (ANC), Mesrop Arakelyan (Mission), and Sergey Bagratyan (PAP).