Issue 60

Seminar in Armenia on “The Role of EaP Civil Society Forum in Fostering Public Administration and Anticorruption”

On June 30 – July 2, 2011, with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation Armenia, Yerevan Press Club organized a seminar in Gyumri on “The Role of EaP Civil Society Forum in Fostering Public Administration and Anticorruption”. The opening speech was delivered by the Head of Friedrich Ebert Foundation Armenian office Naira Gevorgyan.

The seminar was attended by the President of Community Finance Officers Association Vahan Movsisyan, who introduced the report on “The Implementation of EaP CSF Recommendation on Public Administration from the Armenian Civil Society’s Perspective”. In his report he especially stressed the process of community enlargement, which in its turn will contribute to the active participation in the field of public administration.

The Co-President of the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development Armineh Tukhikyan, introduced her report on “Perspectives for strengthening ties between EaP CSF and Armenian NGOs in the Field of Public Administration”.

The Deputy Director of PAUCI Foundation Ukraine Svyatoslav Pavlyuk and a researcher of the international organization  FRIDE Madrid, Natalia Shapovalova shared their experiences with the participants of the seminar introducing the implementation process of EaP CSF recommendations in the field of public administration and anticorruption. Varouzhan Hoktanyan, the Executive Director of the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center in his turn presented the report on “The implementation process of  EaP CSF  Recommendations in the Field of Anticorruption from the Armenian Civil Society’s Perspective”.

Concluding remarks were made by the Board Chairman of “Asparez” Journalists Club of Gyumri Levon Barseghyan in his report “Perspectives of Strengthening Ties between EaP CSF and Armenian NGOs in the Field of Anticorruption”. He stressed the importance of the cooperation of EaP six member states and the role of the third countries in EU and EaP relations.

The seminar was attended by the representatives of different Armenian non governmental organizations. During active discussions the participants were introducing their opinions and suggestions. The two-day seminar was covered by the leading TV companies of Gyumri “Tsayg” and Gala”.

Armenia joins digital tachograph network to increase road safety

20-06-2011

Armenia has officially joined TACHONET, a network in operation across the European Union and in some neighbouring states, designed to increase road safety through the use of digital tacograph cards. Following two weeks of testing, Armenia will begin issuing the cards, essential for the proper implementation of regulations concerning tachographs, a press release from the EU-funded TRACECA programme said.

Armenia joined the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) in 2006. The AETR sets standards for control devices in transport vehicles carrying goods.

The €3 million TRACECA Land Transport Safety and Security Project has held AETR training sessions in the neighbourhood countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, focusing on the importance of tachographs in AETR implementation. The overall objective of this projectis to improve transport safety and security environments in the EC neighboring and Central Asian countries in line with European standards in the field of land transport.

TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) is an international transport cooperation programme between the EU and its Partner countries in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. It has a permanent Secretariat in Baku, Azerbaijan. The cooperation framework covers the areas of maritime transport, aviation, road and rail, transport security, and transport infrastructure. (ENPI Info Centre)  

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