“An unprecedented number of laws were adopted at the 2nd session of the 6th convocation NA,” stated Lusine Vasilyan, NA Monitoring Program Manager at the press conference hosted by the Media Center on February 15, summing up the findings of the NA monitoring of the 1st and 2nd sessions of the 6th convocation parliament.
“The Ministry of Finance aims to provide funds to the state budget and that is why it proposed a suspension of recreation component of the social package for state employees," Mane Tandilyan, member of “Bright Armenia” Party, said this during the discussion on “Suspension of Recreation Component from the Social Packages: Causes and Consequences” at Media Center.
Erdogan was led by a well-known principle: "If you cannot cut your opponent's hand, then kiss it and put it on your forehead." This opinion was expressed by Republican MP Shirak Torosyan during the discussion at Media Center.
“Georgia abolishes the income tax from January 1, 2017, but we will continue to pay income taxes, and make decisions as a result of which income tax increases. Looking through our and Georgian formats, it becomes clear that the public will react to this reality, in the form of leaving Armenia,” Tigran Jrbashyan, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia, made such a forecast during an interview-press conference at Media Center when speaking about the new Tax Code.
Marina Ohanyan, Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine of Yerevan State Medical University, Co-President of the Academic Family Medicine Association, presented “Educational Program about the Prevention of Tortures for Doctors” during the press conference at Media Center, ahead of the International Day against Torture.
“There is a worrying indicator of youth employment. Two global problems are obvious - internal and external migration, which are equally worrying. Young people come to the capital to get an education and continue to settle and work in Yerevan, which influences the factors of economic development in the regions,” Haykuhi Gevorgyan, Director of the Professional Orientation Methodic Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, said during the discussion at Media Center.
“The United States and France shared the fate of Nagorno Karabakh. At some point Karabakh was dismissed from the negotiation process, this time the French and US representatives were hardly allowed to approach the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. This is almost the same fate. This is both positive and negative. The positive thing is that the United States, France and Nagorno-Karabakh were put on the same level. On the other hand, when the number of mediators is reduced it is not so good,” Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of the Board of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), said during the discussion on “What Did Sargsyan-Aliyev-Putin Meeting Give?” at Media Center.
“The Reduction of the Electricity Price by 2.58 AMD will have no significant impact on economy, there will be about eight billion AMD saving. The impact on the pocket of ordinary citizens will be also tiny, each family will save 650-700AMD monthly,” Economist Vahagn Khachatryan said during the discussion on “What Influence Can Have the Reduction of the Electricity Price by 2.58 AMD on the Economy?” at Media Center.
“Online medias should pay taxes and become legal entities. Regulation of online medias cannot restrict freedom of speech. Promiscuity and anarchy are too much and who tries to work in this field face numerous difficulties. Besides, the society distrusts the journalists and mass media at all. If some medias do not verify the information they provide, that is they have no responsibility towards the society, it impacts all the mass media means. People say I read in media. This should change and by a regulation,” Hakob Avetiqyan, Editor-in-Chief of Azg daily newspaper, said during the discussion at Media Center.
Inactivity of official Yerevan and Stepanakert are concerning. I am convinced that we would have a different situation in case of the April war, if they had created such processes that would have their roles in terms of restricting Azerbaijan.
“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.
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.
“As a result of April military activities we had unacceptable territorial losses and an open door of territorial extradition. This is not only a consequence of April war but also the fact that the Armenian side failed to conduct an effective foreign policy for years,” Arman Melikyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and NKR Former Foreign Minister, said.
“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.