Council of Europe Report on Availability of Social Services in Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A report by Mary Daily–"Availability of Social Rights in Europe," was presented on Thursday in Yerevan. Speaking at the presentation–Armenia’s new Social Security Minister Aghvan Vardanian said–"Availability of social rights has become an important issue for European countries–and Armenia–being a member of the Council of Europe (CE)–should act the same way." According to Vardanian–the report will serve as a guideline when analyzing the availability of social services in Armenia–and for further course of action.

The presentation was jointly organized by the Ministry of Social Security and the Armenian office of Planning and Development Collaborative International (PADCO). Publishing of the report in Armenia is an example of Armenia’s extensive cooperation with the CE–said Vardanian.

In his opening remarks at a ceremony presenting the report–Vardanian said that the Armenian social security ministry has established practical cooperation with the CE–resulting in the establishment of the first social services center in Vanadzor–Armenia. According to the minister–the center will serve as a model for establishing a network of similar centers across Armenia.

Vardanian said that Armenia is set to ratify the European Social Charter–resulting in the introduction of European social services standards. A senior CE official John Murray–who has arrived in Yerevan to participate in the report’s presentation–welcomed Armenia’s commitment to further its integration with the CE through bringing its legislation into full conformity with European norms.

The report–approved in 2002–summarizes the CE member countries’ experience in social services and offers specific policies for improving the availability of social services.

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