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Statement on International Anti-corruption Day

Early 2019 was marked by the launch of a new parliament, formed through equal, competitive, and free elections, and the formation of an executive branch, which by its subsequent actions confirmed its clear political will to fight corruption. In the second half of 2019, a sound process of advancing anticorruption policy was pursued in Armenia which created the required bases for the legal and institutional system.


Corruption as Statecraft

Transparency International Defence & Security global programme has published “Corruption as Statecraft: Using Corrupt Practices as Foreign Policy Tools” report, which among other issues, addresses Armenia’s dependence on Russian gas.

The case study on Armenia is mentioned below,  the full report by Transparency International – Defence and Security, available here.


Capacity-building training for TIAC election monitoring staff launched

In the frameworks of a project implemented in partnership with the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) a capacity-building project for TIAC staff was launched on November 29. The trainings aim to boost the efficiency and quality of our future election monitoring efforts. The representatives of Promo-LEX Association and TIAC election team will exchange their long-term experience during the three days.


Report on assessing civil society environment in EaP countries released

The Armenia Country Report on assessing the civil society environment in Eastern Partnership countries has been published. It presents the findings of the pilot research conducted by CSO Meter methodology to assess enabling environment for CSOs. CSO Meter is a tool developed to assess the civil society environment in Eastern Partnership countries. It consists of a set of standards and indicators in 10 different areas that measure both law and practice.


The right to personal data protection cannot be breached

Public Service Regulation Commission (PSRC) recently circulated draft decision on Approval of Standards for Archives Stored by the Electronic Communication Service Providers. If adopted the decision would require all Internet service providers to collect and store for two years certain data of Internet service subscribers. Such data includes user identification data, i.e. full name, network login and passwords, user’s device identification data such as IMSI and IMEI, as well as Internet session records, duration, IP addresses and email address, time and date of email communication.


Results of the CSO Meter Research presented

On October 3, 2019, the Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC) presented the findings of the CSO Meter, a new tool designed to assess civil society environment. More than 60 representatives of state agencies, international and civil society organisations attended the event.


Statement on the attacks on OSF-Armenia

The Armenian office of Open Society Foundations – OSF-Armenia has been subjected to various types of attacks over the last seven months. For the last two weeks the so-called “Veto” initiative has impeded the regular functioning of OSF- Armenia office by blocking it, consistently using hate speech and exerting psychological pressure on the foundation’s staff and partners, along with threatening its visitors.


Armenian EITI delegation hosted by the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department

Within the framework of the study visit to the United Kingdom, on 16 September, the delegation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative EITI Armenia (EITI), including  Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anticorruption Center, was hosted by the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS). The main purpose of the study visit is to explore the UK's leading experience in establishing a public beneficial ownership register.


“Akanates” will observe local government elections in Artsakh

September 8, 2019

Artsakh - Together with its partner “Civic Hub” NGO, Akanates” (Eyewitness) observation mission will observe local government elections in the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) on September 8, 2019.


People who complain the most were the most privileged: Sona Ayvazyan

Sona Ayvazyan was the guest of AD TV “Interview” program on September 3. She addressed the activity of TIAC, the Armenian government’s efforts in fight against corruption after revolution, the functions of commission for corruption prevention, specialized anticorruption courts and a department in the General Prosecutor’s Office for investigation of corruption crimes provided by anticorruption strategy, anticorruption committee and other bodies, citizens’ participation in fighting corruption, election observation by TIAC in the forthcoming elections, developing democracy in Artsakh.