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 Wednesday, June 7 2017 13:18
Alexandr Avanesov

Commission for Prevention of Corruption to be established in Armenia

Commission for Prevention of Corruption to be established in Armenia

ArmInfo.The Commission for Prevention of Corruption to be established in Armenia. The  corresponding amendments to the law "on a body for prevention of corruption" are discussed during extraordinary meeting of the Armenian Parliament on June 7, by the first reading.

According to one of the authors of the presented package, the vice  speaker of Parliament Arpine Hovhannisyan, the new commission will be  created on the basis of Commission for ethics of officials. The new  commission will be created in accordance with international  conventions, ratified in Armenia. A body is planned to create,  implementing function of preventing corruption, including compliance  with ethical requirements, clash of interests, incompatibility and  other restrictions applied to officials and civil servants, the  implementation of systems for declaring assets, income and interests,  increasing public awareness. The body will possess the right of  sanctions. Besides, in case of violation of requirements of  declarations, the body will immediately use sanctions.    

The list of figures obliged to apply the declarations expands as well  - from current 500 officials to 2.700 persons. Moreover, the process  of connecting this category of persons to the system of declaring  income and property will occur in stages. All the prosecutors,  investigators, heads of penitentiary institutions and compulsory  executors of judicial acts, as well as persons engaged in public  procurement will be included in the list. The body is planned to  start activities after April 2018. 

Hovhannisyan emphasized that it is also planned to introduce an alert  institutions. In particular, a single digital platform will be  created which will allow the citizens to inform the state bodies  about corruption risks anonymously.    

To recall, in 2015, by the initiative of the former prime minister  Hovik Abtahamyan, Council on corruption fight was created, which was  headed by the prime minister himself. In the opinion of observers,  the Council, like the previously created similar structures, did not  act in accordance with the declared goal, but was more ostentatious  in nature. As evidence of this, the Council's inadequate response to  press reports on the facts of corruption, as well as the fact that  the commission consisted of individuals who themselves had to be  checked for involvement in corruption, including the former head of  the Armenian government.

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