The first meeting of the government-civil society anti-corruption working group, held on 23 September, brought together representatives from the EU Delegation to Armenia and the OSCE office in Yerevan, the Armenian government, other state and local government bodies and civil society organisations (CSO).
The event was organised by the Armenian Ministry of Justice and Armenian NGOs, within the framework of the “Multi-faceted anti-corruption promotion” project, funded by the EU and the OSCE office in Yerevan. The aim of the project is to increase the role of CSOs in the promotion and implementation of anti-corruption reforms.
The Deputy Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation, Jose-Maria Medina Navarro, reaffirmed the EU’s support in pushing through anti-corruption reforms.
The project will last three years with an overall budget of €650,000, €585,000 of which provided by the EU. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
The four projects to be carried out in Armenia under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework in 2015-2017, focus on improving electoral processes in the country, combatting ill-treatment and impunity, strengthening healthcare and human rights protection in Armenian prisons, as well as fighting corruption in higher education in Armenia.
Further details are available here:
- Penitentiary reform – strengthening health care and human rights protection in prisons in Armenia
- Strengthening integrity and combatting corruption in higher education in Armenia
- Supporting criminal justice reform and combatting corruption ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia
- Long term electoral assistance to the election related stakeholders of Armenia
The projects are funded by the EU and the CoE, and implemented by the CoE. Their total budget is €2.2 million. In addition to these, Armenia also participates in 14 joint EU-CoE regional initiatives covering several countries. (EU Neighbourhood Info)