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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