Issue 86

The meeting of the 1st working group of the EaP CSF Armenian national platform (ANP)

On 18th January, 2012 Yerevan Press Club hosted the meeting of the member organizations of the Armenian national platform which have attended the three previous meetings within the EaP CSF. The meeting was attended by 14 CSO member-representatives of the ANP 1st working group, as well as Zhanna Galyan, the coordinator of the ANP 3rd working group (“Ecotourism” NGO) and Nouneh Sargsyan, the member of the ANP 4th working group (“Internews” NGO).

Agenda:

  1. Issues covering the ongoing activity of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform and its progress (Seyran Martirosyan, EaP CSF National Coordinator for Armenia)
  2. Formation of the subgroups within the ANP 1st working group
  3. Elaboration of the primary projects within the ANP 1st working group
  4. Discussion of  EaP CSF main documents and presentation of recommendations

Seyran Martirosyan, the EaP CSF National Coordinator for Armenia informed the attendees about the results of meetings with the Mr. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vahan Hovhannisyan, the head of the NA Armenian delegation to Euronest and Mr. Traian Hristea, the newly appointed head of the EU delegation in Armenia. Boris Navasardyan and Avetik Ishkhanyan, the CSF former national coordinators for Armenia also attended the meetings. Seyran Martirosyan also presented the CSF main issues after the Poznan meeting and further activities.

The work was distributed among the people responsible for the formation of the 6 subgroups of the ANP 1st working group.

  1. Fight against corruption-Sona Ayvazyan (Transparency International Anticorruption center)
  2. Public Administration-Davit Tumanyan (Community Finance Officers Association)
  3. Human  rights-Avetik Ishkhanyan (Armenian Helsinki Committee)
  4. Judiciary system reforms-Arthur Sakunts (Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly, Vanadzor office)
  5. Visa liberalization-Stepan Grigoryan (Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional cooperation)
  6. Media-Boris Navasardyan (Yerevan Press Club)

Boris Navasardyan, the ANP 1st working group coordinator informed about the 4 seminars to be held in 2012 with the participation of the EaP and EU partner organizations. The seminars will introduce the Armenian civil society with the priorities and cooperation in the activities of all the 6 subgroups of the CSF 1st working group, as well as the newly established groups of social dialogue and monitoring.

The meeting attendees discussed the suggestion by the EU delegation in Armenia to coordinate within the ANP the activity of the Armenian observer NGOs during the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Regarding the ANP organizational principles the meeting attendees expressed the hope that it could become a model for the ANPs of the other EaP countries after the final changes were made.

The submission of a proposal to the upcoming competition announced by the Civil Society Foundation so as to support the ANP activity was also discussed.

EU and OSCE to Support Democratic Elections in Armenia

Delegation of the European Union to Armenia
Press and Information Department
Yerevan, 17 January 2012

The European Union and OSCE will support democratic general elections in Armenia in 2012 and 2013. The European Union and the OSCE have agreed on a joint project, worth 1,7 million Euro, to be financed by the European Union and implemented by the OSCE Office in Yerevan.

A press conference on the project will be held at 10:00 on 19 January in the EU Delegation to Armenia, where the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea and the Deputy Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan Carel Hofstra will present and highlight details concerning their joint project.

This initiative of the two international organizations re-confirms their desire to support Armenia in conducting elections in line with international standards. Being the first joint project related to elections in Armenia, the project aims to support all stakeholders involved in elections.

The project foresees the achievement of the following outcomes:

•    Skills among civil society are strengthened for professional domestic observation and reporting on electoral processes, including pre-electoral campaign, polling and complaints/appeals procedures.

•    Human rights protection in the country is enhanced and promoted through strengthening the Human Rights Defender’s Office (HRDO) and expanding its geographical outreach before, during and after the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2012 and 2013 respectively. By establishing regional offices the HRDO will become more accessible for the population from the regions and will contribute to the improvement of the protection of the human rights in the Republic of Armenia.

•    Technical and professional capacities of election commissions are strengthened at all levels to carry out efficient and accountable administration of electoral processes.

•    Technical and professional capacities of the Police to provide for accurate and accessible voter lists that are integrated with other relevant databases are improved.

•    Technical capacities, knowledge and skills of police officers involved in organising rapid reaction to crime notifications, protecting public order and investigating pre-electoral violence are improved.

•    Public awareness of electoral rights and procedures is raised among population, especially outside Yerevan.

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