RA National Assembly’s Interim Committee on Ethics again declines discussion of TIAC application
Last week RA National Assembly’s Interim Committee on Ethics declines examination of the application, filed by Transparency International Anti-corruption Center, whether legislation and law enforcement practice of recruiting close relatives to work as MPs’ assistant(s) was in compliance with ethical norms, substantiating that the issues raised in the application were not within the competence of the Ethics Committee.
OGP Armenia International Conference: transparency and accountability
On June 14, 1012 Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center was a panelist at a session called "From Commitment to Action: Increasing Public Integrity" during Open Government Partnership/Armenia International Conference. The goal of the conference was to assist the Government of Armenia to improve its ability to fulfill the country’s obligations under the OGP Action Plan. The event also sought to enhance public awareness and oversight on issues related to Armenia’s participation in the OGP initiative.
RA National Assembly’s Interim Committee on Ethics declines discussion of TIAC application
On May 30, 2013, RA National Assembly’s Interim Committee on Ethics declines the discussion of the application filed by Transparency International Anti-corruption Center on violation of the rules of ethics by MP Samvel Alexanyan from District No. 07 substantiating that the issues raised in the application were not within the competence of the Ethics Committee. In its decision, the Committee concluded that the application held claims on violation of the rules of ethics by MP Samvel Alexanyan, "however there is no apparent substantiation of such violation/s (document, including evidence certifying the violation).
Transparency International welcomes European Parliament vote to shed light on natural resources sector
Transparency International Liaison Office to the European Union warmly welcomes the European Parliament’s votes on June 12, 2013 supporting, with an overwhelming majority, new rules for the EU extractive sector that require oil, gas, mining and logging companies to disclose what they pay to governments around the world. After confirmation by the EU’s Council of Ministers, the bill voted on June 12, 2013 by the European Parliament will require companies to disclose details of tax, bonuses and other payments made for every project they operate, over a threshold of €100,000.
Transparency International’s Europe and Central Asia Meeting in Portugal
Sona Ayvazyan, Deputy Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) participated in Transparency International Europe and Central Asia Annual Regional Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal from 5 to 7 June 2013. Sona Ayvazyan was a speaker during a roundtable "Campaigning information and communication technology (ICT) and youth." In her opinion, the youth in Armenia is particularly politicized. TIAC is supporting activist groups providing information, legal assistance and resource support. It has also used ICT to monitor elections and share their experience. TI-Hungary and TI-Italy also presented their experiences with campaigning.
TIAC Clarification on the Statement of the Center for Procurement Support
In response to the statement of the of the "Center for Procurement Support" (CPS) state non-commercial organization (see) "Transparency International Anticorruption Center" (TIAC) NGO considers necessary to clarify:
1) TIAC NGO carries out monitoring of the Armenian public procurement system, in the framework of which the monitoring of the appeals is based on the information submitted exclusively by public institutions. The ground for our public statement was the information (only in Armenian) presented in the "Protest" ("Appeals") section of the public procurement official web-site (www.procurement.am). We assume that the credibility of the named information should not create any perplexity on the side of CPS.
Gaps were revealed in public procurement system
Within the framework of Public Procurement Monitoring Project Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) NGO has studied the data on the actions and decisions taken by procurement complaint review board, as well as single source procurement and revealed a number of gaps and shortcomings. Artak Manukyan, Procurement Expert of TIAC gives comments on the subject.