CoR and the Council of Europe work together to support Armenia
In March 2014 the Congress of the Council of Europe adopted its monitoring report on the state of local democracy in Armenia. This was the focus of a hearing jointly organised by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Council of Europe. The hearing, held on 5 June in Brussels, discussed the perspectives of implementing local democracy in Armenia and the role the Council of Europe and the EU can play to support the developments of regions in Armenia.
The hearing was opened by Olgierd Geblewicz (PL/EPP), Marshal of the Western Pomeranian Region, Traian Hristea, Head of EU Delegation to Armenia and Andrea Meatteo, Head of Unit - Geographical Coordination Neighbourhood East – DG DEVCO, representing the views of the European Commission.
A monitoring report was presented by Knud Andersen, Representative of the Chamber of Regions, and David Tumanyan, member of the Group of Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government. The report underlined the efforts made to implement the provisions of the Charter, in particular constitutional changes and the passage of a new law. It is recommended to review the legislation for implementing the principle of subsidiarity, to foster inter-municipial cooperation and increase the capacity of community councils and powers for local authorities.
Lusine Avetyan, Mayor of Karahunj Municipality and member of the Armenian Delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe and Emin Yeritsyan, President of the Union of Communities of Armenia and CORLEAP Bureau member, presented an assessment and suggestions for future reforms seen from an Armenian perspective.
The point of view of the civil society was the subject of the third debate session, represented by Lusine Alexandryan, Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency (LDA) from Armenia and Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, Director of the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA).
The hearing and discussion between representatives of the Committee of the Regions, the Council of Europe, Armenian authorities and the Civil Society aims to promote local and regional government autonomy, to achieve democratic reforms and to deepen the cooperation between Armenia and the European Union.