ArmInfo.Donating garbage collection equipment to Yerevan Municipality is not a manifestation of corruption. Project Director of the <Transparency International> Anti-Corruption Center (TIAC) Varuzhan Hoktanyan stated at a press conference on January 23, commenting on the difficult situation surrounding the formation of the composition of the corresponding commission of inquiry created in parliament.
The expert drew attention to the fact that the KamAZ trucks, which became the topic of active discussions, were not, figuratively speaking, put into the pocket of officials, but were working for the benefit of the city community. If such steps are carried out in the name of public benefit, then, as was noted, there are no corruption manifestations. Another question is whether there is a conflict of interests and the provision of technology by companies as a gift from the mayor's office based on certain expectations. "We should not return to those times when business served political goals," Hoktanyan emphasized.
At the same time, the expert pointed out that law enforcement bodies should deal with such investigations. < In Armenia it is accepted to be guided by assumptions, not facts. Meanwhile, the facts should be revealed by law enforcement agencies, not commissions. Thus, the main task should be to increase the level of professional training of law enforcement officers so that they conduct objective investigations, rather than fulfill a political order>, he said.
To note, earlier parliamentary opposition forces expressed their desire to form a commission of inquiry to study agreements on the transfer of vehicles and other property to the Yerevan Municipality, 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 starting in September 2018. The commission was created by force of law, but its composition was never formed, since the "My Step" parliamentary faction on the eve of sabotaged the vote.
Earlier on the part of the "My Step" faction of the Council of Elders of Yerevan, it was noted that the powers of the National Assembly established in the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia did not extend to the investigation or control of the activities of local authorities. In addition, in part 1 of article 23 of the constitutional Law on <Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly> it is clearly noted that the activities of the commission of inquiry cannot go beyond issues within the jurisdiction of parliament. Thus, although the issues that caused the formation of the aforementioned Commission were of public interest, they are not within the jurisdiction of parliament. It was also pointed out that the decision document on the establishment of the Investigative Commission of the National Assembly reflected functions that, according to the legislation, are the powers of the mayor.