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 Tuesday, June 30 2020 16:21
Alexandr Avanesov

Minister: With amendments to the Electoral Code, we are moving to a  higher level of local democracy

Minister: With amendments to the Electoral Code, we are moving to a  higher level of local democracy

ArmInfo. Minister of  Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia Suren  Papikyan held a farewell meeting with Head of the Council of Europe  Office in Yerevan Natalia Voutova on June 30. According to the press  service of the Ministry, during the meeting, Suren Papikyan thanked  Natalia Voutova for her active role in strengthening local democracy  in Armenia. According to the Minister, the development of local  democracy will continue to be an important component of the joint  agenda of the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Council  of Europe, deepening the existing cooperation in various directions.

Highly appreciating the advisory support of the Council of Europe to  the Armenian team, Suren Papikyan referred to recent legislative  changes. "With amendments to the Electoral Code, we are moving to a  higher level of local democracy. We give all political forces in  Armenia the opportunity to participate in local self-government and  take responsibility for creating a healthy climate on the ground,  developing communities and balanced local self-government," said the  Minister.

In turn, Natalia Voutova noted that there is a need for the  development of local democracy in Armenia.  "Local government is the  root of democracy," she stressed.  In this context, the Minister also  called for continued dialogue with the Council of Europe and the  implementation of the final roadmap, including further steps towards  institutional development and independence of the Union of  Communities of Armenia.

The interlocutors exchanged views on the upcoming elections to local  self-government in 2021. They also pointed out the importance of  steps towards reform in the system of administrative-territorial  administration in the next 5 years.

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