Armenia Participates in Armenia CE Expert Group

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Armenia-Council of Europe high-ranking expert group held its third working meeting in Strasbourg from November 15 to 16.

A delegation lead by Minister of Justice David Harutiunian went to Strasbourg to participate in the meeting.

Deputy Minister of the Interior Hovhannes Hunanian–Internal Troops Commander Grigor Grigorian–Senior Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office Albert Mkrtchian and Head of the Department of Structural Reforms of the Ministry of Justice Nikolay Aroustamian were among the delegates at the meeting.

The CE was represented by Director General on Legal Issues of the CE General Secretariat Gui de Velle–experts from different CE countries–and experts of the General Board of Directors on Legal Issues.

The meeting was held within the context of the obligations that Armenia assumed when becoming a member of the Council of Europe.

The Public Relations Department of the Foreign Ministry told reporters that the sides discussed legal and organizational problems during the two working days connected with the transfer of criminal-executive establishmen’s–as a result of which a complex program of activities was worked out. According to the CE–Armenia worked hard and consistently and the results surpassed the expectations.

During the visit–the Minister of Justice met with the Chairman of the European Human Rights Court Lusius Wildabert–Deputy Secretary General of the CE Hans-Christian Kruger–PACE Secretary General Bruno Haller–Director General on Legal Issues Gui De Velle–Director of International Legal Cooperation Mary-Odil Vederkehr and the group of the CE Committee of Ministers monitoring Armenia’s actions to fulfill the CE membership requiremen’s.

The Justice Minister presented the progress observed in Armenia–like drafting and adopting laws–signing and ratifying CE conventions–etc.

He also discussed Armenia’s cooperation with the CE in the legal sphere with the Director General on Legal Issues.

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