Report Says Citizens Not Satisfied With Corruption Reforms

YEREVAN (Armenpress)-Armenian citizens are not satisfied with the pace of anti-corruption reform in the country, according to the OSCE’s Anti-Corruption Public Reception Center in Yerevan, which citing complaints by citizens regarding the inadequacy of reforms made by the judicial system, the country’s law enforcement bodies, and various local and government authorities, among others.

The statement about the low public perception of the government’s current fight against corruption came Tuesday during a meeting between Representatives of the OSCE Yerevan Office and Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgian. Also attending the meeting were the Labor and Social Affairs Minister, the Deputy Justice Minister, the chairman of the government affiliated the land tax register, the deputy head of the Judicial Department, the deputy police chief and deputy and employees of the Ant-Corruption public reception center of the OSCE Yerevan Office.

On the meeting’s agenda was a discussion of the shortcomings and problems that were reported by the Public Reception Center during its work with citizens.

The Anti-Corruption Public Reception Center was established in 2005 to help the anti-corruption coalition of non-governmental organizations implement anticorruption programs in Armenia. Similar centers were established in 2006 in the Gegharkunik and Lori provinces to inform people about their rights and provide consulting on how to prevent potential cases of corruption.

The consulting provided by the center deals with corruption in areas such as health, education, army and conscription, small and medium sized business, public services, consumer’s rights, road police and motorists rights, civil and administrative law.

According to the deputy police chief, ongoing reforms to fight against corruption have diminished following the recent changes in the visa and passport department.

During the meeting, senior representatives of the governmental agencies agreed to cooperate with the Public Reception Center, saying they would designate staffers to visit the Reception Center once a quarter for discussing ways to address the reported shortcomings.

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