YEREVAN (YERKIR)–European experts will gather for an international forum in Yerevan to discuss the European experience in the fight against corruption. Organized under the auspices of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)–the forum will take place on January 19–2004.
GRECO’s approach to fighting corruption is multidisciplinary–and includes cross-border cooperation between states and international institutions. The group came into effect on May 1999 when states such as Belgium–Spain–Sweden–Germany–Slovakia–and Estonia adopted its resolution–recognizing the threats that corruption poses on democracy–rule of law–and human rights.
In June 2003–the chairman of the Armenian Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and Armenia ARF Supreme Body Representative Armen Rustamian–called on Armenia to join GRECO in order to effectively tackle the country’s widespread corruption.
As a result–Armenia’s presidential anti-corruption advisor Bagrat Yesaian–also of the ARF–and Interior Ministry representative Varazdat Borian–discussed Armenia’s accession to GRECO during the organization’s November meeting in Strasbourg. Yesaian recently stated that there are no foreseen obstacles for Armenia in gaining membership.