EaP CSF Armenian National Platform Delegates’ General Assembly held in Yerevan
Andrea Chalupová, Acting Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia made an opening speech and also answered the questions of the attendees. The questions mostly concerned the negotiations over the new EU-Armenia framework agreement and the civil society engagement in various issues.
Afterwards, Boris Navasardian, EaP CSF Armenia Country Facilitator, Haykuhi Harutyunyan, EaP CSF WG1 Coordinator, Heriknaz Harutyunyan, Executive Director of the CSF ANP Secretariat and Hovsep Khurshudyan, President of “Free Citizen” Civic Initiatives’ Support Center summarized the results of the EaP CSF 8th Annual Assembly, the achievements of the Armenian delegation and the activities of the ANP in the passing year.
At the second session of the Assembly the working group members involved in the development of draft amendments to the ANP Organizational Principles, presented their comments on concrete provisions; a lively discussion took place on a number of issues, after which the ANP delegates by open vote adopted or rejected a number of amendments proposed by the working group. Thus, the working group also undertook the final editing of the amended version of the Organization Principles.
“Center for Economic Rights” NGO (President – Movses Aristakesyan) and Association of the Chairmen of Condominiums (President – Aram Grigoryan) by open vote of the CSF ANP Delegates’ General Assembly attendees received the status of temporary member.
The issue of the CSF ANP priorities for 2017 foreseen by the agenda was left for consideration at the next assembly of the EaP CSF ANP delegates.
Civil society makes recommendations for public administration reforms in Eastern Partnership countries
The Eastern partnership Civil Society Forum has issued a series of recommendations in its recently-published policy paper ‘Public Administration and Local Governments Reforms in Eastern Partnership Countries’. The document published on 12 January was prepared by the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration reform of the Working Group 1, and analyses the level of reforms in the six EaP countries.
The policy paper analytics cover competences of local self government, fiscal decentralisation, control and supervision, public administration reform, public service and human resources management and accountability.
Based on these analyses, the authors developed a series of recommendations for each EaP country, which aim to improve the functioning of public administrations and decentralisation of decision-making for the well-being of the population.
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) is a unique multi-layered regional civil society platform aimed at promoting European integration, facilitating reforms and democratic transformations in the six Eastern Partnership countries – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
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EU continues to invest in creating new job opportunities and strengthening fiscal governance in Armenia
Today, Christian Danielsson, the European Commission’s Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, and Suren Karayan, Minister of Economic Development and Investment of the Republic of Armenia, signed two financing agreements to assist Armenia improve its labour market efficiency and strengthen the country’s fiscal governance.
The new programme “Better Qualifications for Better Jobs“, with a budget of €15.2 million, seeks to improve the efficiency of Armenia’s labour market and the employability of its workforce, with a particular emphasis on agricultural employment. Through the development of a national system of professional orientation, the reinforcement of career guidance centres and the improvement of lifelong learning opportunities, the initiative supports the development qualifications and employability of jobseekers. It also aims to improve the mechanisms to identify and match labour supply with private and public sector demand through more effective data collection and usage.
In addition, the initiative has a particular focus on the employment perspectives and qualifications for agricultural Vocational Education Training (VET) graduates by developing national apprenticeship schemes and the rehabilitation of agriculture VET centres.
In parallel, the newly signed programme to support the reform of Public Finance Policy (€10 million) in Armenia, addresses the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of public spending in line with international standards and practices. The programme will strengthen the accountability and transparency of the budget and its spending through better accounting as well as auditing practices; working with civil society and the National Assembly to ensure a more participatory budgeting process.
While Armenia’s economy has been growing over the past decade, the country has been exposed to external economic weakness. In this context the European Union supports Armenia’s development efforts aimed at strengthening the employment opportunities to develop and nurture the country’s human capital, to improve social security and strengthen the public administration and governance systems.
The funding comes through the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), the main financial and cooperation instrument through which the funding is given to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, including Armenia.
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