On 21 January 2015 associations in the field of local self-government in Armenia -Communities Association of Armenia, Communities Finance Officers Association, and Association of Municipal Councilors presented “Local Democracy in Armenia: Call to Government” to the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations.
Mr Vache Terteryan, RA First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations mentioned in his speech that although the document is presented for the first time, it had pre-history: the CoE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities had conducted the monitoring in the communities and discussed the report with the Armenian delegation:
“We prepared an annual activity plan of the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Si. (more)
The award ceremony of the 2014 “Best Practice” of local communities took place on 20 January and the winning Armenian communities were awarded prizes.
The “Best Practice” component has been implemented within the framework of the project on “Support to consolidating local democracy in Armenia” implemented by the Council of Europe with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations and funded by the Government of Denmark.
For the first time the “Best Practice” component as one of the priority projects of the Council of Europe Centre for Expertise for Local Government Reforms was implemented in Armenia. The aim of the project was to discover, publicly recognize and replicate the best practice of Armenian communities in the three areas. (more)
The Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of Armenia organised a conference on European human rights standards and the role of the Government Agents in safeguarding effective protection of human rights in the European Court.
The conference aimed at celebrating the 10th anniversary of Armenian representation before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
Safeguarding the protection of human rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and ensuring their implementation at national level is a primary task and responsibility of every CoE member state. In this respect, Joining the CoE in 2001, Armenia became bound to fully apply the provisions of the ECHR and the ECtHR case law.
During the event the role and perspectives of the Armenian repre. (more)
The Council of Europe organised the second three-day thematic training of trainers for the teaching staff of the Justice Academy.
The training methodology focused on application of modern interactive methods and visual tools.
The aim of the both training courses was to equip the trainers with tools and techniques essential for the delivery of high quality trainings in human rights topics. The participants also had the opportunity to link the acquired knowledge with their current practice and further on enhance their skills. The training provided a perfect opportunity to obtain new methodology skills and exchange experience with the international consultants.
The trainers became familiar with the presentation of methodology and training materials on Articles 5, 6 and 8 of the European Con. (more)
“Citizen participation is one of the pillars of local democracy and a key element for developing effective local governance.” This was the main message of the “Effective citizen participation” workshop organised for Armenian mayors by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Following the ratification of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self Government in May 2013, the Armenian Government made amendments in the RA Law on Local Self-Government making it mandatory for local authorities to inform, consult and actively engage with their citizens. During the workshop on 29 and 30 October the mayors exchanged views on the ways to implement these obligations and on different participation methodologies. Congress members from Armenia presented. (more)
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