ArmInfo. The parliament of Armenia has a paradoxical situation related to determining the composition of the members of the commission for the study of agreements (since September 2018) on the transfer of vehicles and other property to the Yerevan City Hall, the provision of services by various entities, the transfer by the community of Yerevan of real or movable property, including property , as well as non-property rights, building permits related to them.
The day before, the commission was created by force of law in the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, however, at the parliament meeting on January 22, the ruling faction "My Step" did not take part in the voting on the composition of the members of the commission. Speaker of the parliament Ararat Mirzoyan, noting the paradox of the situation, called on to work out mechanisms for overcoming the current situation. "Maybe by amending the law" On the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly "or in an institutional format," the head of the legislative body emphasized. He did not agree with the opposition's statements that the ruling majority did not want to investigate corruption risks in the metropolitan municipality, stressing that in Armenia all branches of government should be guided by the requirements of the Constitution and laws of the country. The speaker noted that the commission was created, and now it is necessary to find opportunities to resolve the issue of its composition.
In turn, the head of the "My Step" faction Lilit Makunts emphasized that the National Assembly has no constitutional right to interfere in the affairs of the community. This prerogative, noted Makunts, belongs to the Council of Elders of Yerevan.
However, according to the head of the Enlightened Armenia opposition faction Edmond Marukyan, the first time this happens in the country's parliament, this was not even in the parliament of the previous convocation. "You are afraid to investigate corruption risks in the Yerevan Municipality, and who said that the National Assembly has no right to study possible violations in the country's communities," Maukyan said, referring to the parliamentary majority.
On the eve, it was announced that the commission was established by force of law, since one fourth of the deputy corps signed the decision.
Since the end of November 2018, the Enlightened Armenia faction has received signals that the Yerevan Municipality is providing incentives for donations in the form of movable property in exchange for granting building permits and legalizing illegal buildings. Despite the fact that donations have entered an active phase since spring Nevertheless, in 2019 there is still no list of donors and donation volumes, thus, the mayor's office ignored the interests of the community, not ensuring transparency and openness in its activities. The parliamentary commission, which will investigate the principle of accountability, is foreseen that the commission will consist of 11 people and will conduct an investigation within six months. Recall that after prolonged criticism the City Hall recently released a list of organizations and individuals who donated 21 garbage trucks to Yerevan. According to the list presented by the mayor's office, for example, 14 garbage trucks were presented by LLC N and S Construction, 3 garbage trucks - LLC "Alex and holding". This list, according to the Hatk publication, is related to relatives of former and current officials. For example, Alex & Holding LLC is associated with the name of the former deputy, businessman Samvel Aleksanyan.
Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan the other day during a live broadcast on Facebook, referring to the opposition's statements, called them misinformation. He submitted documents, claiming that building permits were issued much earlier, they are not related to donations, and donors do not receive any benefits.