President’s Adviser Discusses Creation of Public Council

YEREVAN (Combines Sources)–The president’s office received on Tuesday more than 400 requests to take part in the formation of a public council that the government will establish to address social issues in the country.
The requests came largely from NGOs, political parties, and individuals seeking to take part in the creation of the body, Presidential Adviser Garnik Isagulian told a press conference on Monday.
The concept of such a public council, which is expected to begin functioning in September, exists in France and Germany and is now being implemented in a number of former Soviet Countries,
Although the deadline for receiving proposals to participate in the creation of this body has ended, the President’s office continues to receive requests to participate via post, according to Isagulian.
"We did not expect to receive such a wide response and we will take into consideration all the approaches," he noted.
Before any body can be established, however, a representative working group needs to be organized to deliberate its structure and goals, he explained.
"But the working group, which will create the body, will not be formed until all the proposals and suggestions have been discussed and considered."
Invitations to participate in the working group were initially sent to 23 political parties and 17 non-governmental organizations. The Offices of Armenia’s former presidents, as well as former presidential candidates were also sent invitations, he explained. Only the Office of ex-President Levon Ter-Petrosyan officially denied the invitation.

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