New Bill On Public Organizations Drafted

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The forum held in Yerevan October 10 discussed the issues related to the new bill on public organizations as well as public organizations’ role in democratic processes. The forum was organized by the Armenian branch of the "Global Education" organization under the program of strengthening public organizations sponsored by the USAID with the assistance of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia and UN Armenia office.

Participating in the discussions were representatives of public organizations–of presidential staff–Parliament members–government officials–legal experts–as well as representatives of a number of public organizations.

According to Deputy Ministry of Justice Ashot Abovian–the role of public organizations is obvious–and since 1999 the government has been drafting a new bill regulating public organizations–because the old law that needed revision. Representatives of over 30 public organizations were involved in drafting the bill–including officials of the Ministry of Justice.

The forum discussed the issue of granting public organizations the right to business activities–of organizations’ property–of the government’s control over public organizations. The forum participants also criticized the shortcomings contained in the bill.

Abovian stressed that the government is interested in a strong and stable system of public organizations.


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