On 19 February 2015, the Council of Europe office in Yerevan and the CoE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities organised a workshop on the role of associations of local authorities in the framework of the project “Institutional support to the Communities Associations of Armenia” which brought together 45 members of Communities Association of Armenia (CAA), including mayors and members of the decision-making bodies of the CAA. The representatives of other European associations from Denmark, Finland, Georgia Latvia and Congress members exchanged experience and provided peer opinion and guidance on necessary steps to support the organisational development of CAA and facilitate its participation in the local self-government reform in Armenia.
Naira Avetisyan, Head of the CoE Office in Yerevan, . (more)
On 12 February 2015 the Council of Europe office in Yerevan organised certificates award ceremony for 20 participants of ToT conducted earlier in 2014 for the trainers of the Justice Academy. The ToTs were organised within the framework of the project on “Strengthening the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Armenia” funded by the Government of Denmark. Members of the Board of the Justice Academy, representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor’s office and the judiciary also attended the trainings.
The aim of the trainings was to equip the trainers with new tools and interactive and visual techniques essential for the delivery of high quality courses in human rights topics.. (more)
The Council of Europe organised a two-day workshop on “Enhancing skills on specific aspects of Articles 3 and 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)” for the Department for Relations with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) of the Ministry of Justice. The seminar was attended by the representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor General Office, Judicial Department, the Justice Academy of the Republic of Armenia.
The workshop aimed at strengthening the capacity of this Department to ensure the application of European human rights standards at national level. It focused on the ECHR jurisdiction, role of the national institutions in the protection of human rights, as well as Articles 3 and 5 of the ECHR. Special attention was paid to the issue of criminal procedu. (more)
Representatives of the 6 pilot municipalities participated in the workshop on Human Resources Management organized by the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan and Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform in the framework of the project “Support to consolidating local democracy in Armenia”.
The aim of the workshop was to present the job descriptions, personal specifications and appraisal schemes jointly developed by CoE experts and pilot municipalities for three municipal positions, finalize them and discuss the process of piloting the documents in the municipalities. Participants exchanged their experience on challenges of applying modern HRM tools in their municipalities and discussed the possible solutions to the existing problems. CoE international expert Mr. Jon Barber and local expert . (more)
The group of Armenian mayors participating in the leadership programme of the Congress met on 21 and 22 January in Yerevan to discuss how the values shared by a community can influence the behaviours of its members, and how these values can be equally instrumental for the development of the community. They learned how the community leader can use his/her influence and leadership to shape these values and promote positive and socially productive behaviours. “Learning by values” workshop also covered topics on ethics and anticorruption measures at local level, including transparency and access to information, relations with the private sector, and anti-corruption legislation in Armenia. Congress members Matej GOMBOŠI (Slovenia), Barbara TOCE (Italy) and Artan SHKEMBI (Albania) participated in this. (more)
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