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The final press conference in 2007
27.12.2007

The final press conference in 2007

On December 27, CRD/TI Armenia together with partner NGOs held the last in the series of press conferences organized with the support of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenia to sum up the passing year and give assessment of developments in various fields in the country. CRD/TI Armenia Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan briefed on the major events in the country's political arena, while Executive Director Sona Ayvazyan focused on environmental, the Chairman of Armenian Helsinki Committee Avetik Ishkhanyan on human rights issues and the Broadcaster of Gyumri GALA television Derenik Malkhasyan - on the current situation related to pressure on that television company.


Civil society monitors public procurement system
26.12.2007

Civil society monitors public procurement system

CRD/TI Armenia invited representatives of state structures, international organizations, NGOs, educational institutions and media outlets on December 26, 2007 to present its findings on the assessment of public procurement system in Armenia. The study aimed at revelation of corruption risks and development of recommendations to increase the transparency of procurement processes in the country.


Civil society expressed solidarity with GALA television
19.12.2007

Civil society expressed solidarity with GALA television

On December 19, 2007 the representatives of CRD/TI Armenia, together with other civic activists rallied in support of GALA television in Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri, organized by the Headquarters of Protecting Freedom of Speech and GALA television. Hundreds of demonstrators in Gyumri Theatre Square demanded normal conditions for the operation of GALA television, which was under threat of being taken off the air and tax service and Gyumri city municipality pressures ever since providing airtime to the former president.


Global Corruption Barometer 2007: Political parties and parliaments seen as institutions most compromised by corruption worldwide
06.12.2007

Global Corruption Barometer 2007: Political parties and parliaments seen as institutions most compromised by corruption worldwide

CRD/TI Armenia held a press conference on December 6, 2007, at 1 p.m. Yerevan time in Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan to present the Global Corruption Barometer 2007 released that day in Berlin. The Barometer 2007 questionnaire was for the first time carried out in special surveys in Armenia. CRD/TI Armenia Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan focused on the current corruption related situation in Armenia and introduced Global Corruption Barometer 2007, while Vice Chair Varuzhan Hoktanyan reflected on the methodology before answering the journalists' questions.


The project "My Question to Future President" has been launched
05.12.2007

The project "My Question to Future President" has been launched

The Center for Regional Development/Transparency International Armenia, with the support of the British Embassy Yerevan is implementing a project on "My Question to Future President." Within the project framework a competition was held among high school students in Yerevan and Goris on December 5 at 3 pm, in Vanadzor on December 6, and in Gyumri on December 8, 2007. The winners will be entitled to ask the top 2008 presidential candidates a question to be aired on television.


"The youth will not tolerate fraud for the sake of their future"
27.11.2007

"The youth will not tolerate fraud for the sake of their future"

CRD/TI Armenia chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan was a keynote speaker in Tsaghkadzor on November 27 session of a four-day seminar on the above mentioned topic and with slogans "Yes to Democracy" and "No to Falsifications." She delivered a speech on "Elections and Corruption, Democracy and the Rule of Law."


The amendments to the Electoral Code pose corruption risks
22.11.2007

The amendments to the Electoral Code pose corruption risks

A press conference on the amendments to the Electoral Code and other related laws was held on November 22 in Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan. The press conference moderator Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman and Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Vice Chair of CRD/TI Armenia, as well as other speakers Harutyun Hambardzumyan, Chairman of "It's Your Choice" NGO and Mesrop Harutyunyan, Expert of Yerevan Press Club reflected on the changes and drawbacks of the latest hastily adopted electoral legislation.


Hot discussion on Teghut
19.11.2007

Hot discussion on Teghut

CRD/TI Armenia Executive Director Sona Ayvazyan led a public discussion on "The Operation of the Teghut Copper-Molybdenum Mine" on Monday, November 19. "The government decision on Teghut mine exploitation was untimely. The discussions on this issue were not finished, the opinions were incompatible, and there was no consensus on the problem," said Sona Ayvazyan.


Statement of CRD/TI Armenia on legal issues related to the construction of the River Getar
14.11.2007

Statement of CRD/TI Armenia on legal issues related to the construction of the River Getar

Referring to the press conferences on issues related to the construction of the River Getar held by CRD/TI Armenia on November 7 and by "Yerevanproject Institute'' CJSC on November 8 we hereby inform the following. CRD/TI Armenia calls in question the reconstruction project legitimacy of the Getar river-bed with a waste of huge sums and kindly disposed attitude of the government bodies regarding illegal actions and as a result, embezzlement of state budget especially in the period preceding the presidential elections in Armenia.


Partnership for Open Society Initiative presents
08.11.2007

Partnership for Open Society Initiative presents

Partnership for Open Society Initiative presented the Civil Society Assessment of Government Decision on European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan Implementation Tools for 2007 on November 8 in Marriott Armenia Hotel. CRD/TI chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan reflected on fight against corruption, while other speakers focused on local self government, improving transparency of RA judiciary, ensuring the independence of the media, human rights and fundamental freedoms and formation of information society.