Fighting Corruption: EU wants to see results of reforms in Armenia

At an anti-corruption forum in Armenia last week, head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Armenia Piotr Switalski said that if there are no visible results of the fight against corruption in Armenia, the EU will not allocate the 15 million Euros (about $17 million) that it has promised to give for anti-corruption struggle.

Society’s Victory?: Panama Papers-triggered resignation of SMEJA chief sparks debate in Armenia

The Monday resignation of Mihran Poghosyan, the head of the Justice Ministry’s powerful Service of Mandatory Execution of Judicial Acts (SMEJA), whose name is linked with a global offshore scandal, is considered by some as a victory for media or civil society, others, however, believe it is not enough in terms of restoring justice and legality.

Natural Idea: Gegharkunik villages to host Ecotourism festival

Two communities in the province of Gegharkunik may become a real discovery through the first ecotourism festival in Armenia, organizers of the event told media Thursday.

Government postpones new pension scheme for private sector employees

The Armenian government on Thursday decided to delay for a year the introduction of a compulsory accumulative pension scheme for private sector employees.

Money For Army: Anti-corruption sentiments grow in Armenia amid Karabakh escalation

The so-called Panama Papers revelations about world leaders’ connections to offshore businesses that have been the highlight of world media in recent days have not bypassed Armenia either, coinciding with anti-corruption sentiments in society amid an escalation of conflict with Azerbaijan.

Russian Factor: Claims against Russia made in two criminal proceedings in Armenia

Last week two criminal cases in Armenia took a turn against Russia, and while there is no major interstate resonance in connection with these developments yet, analytical circles in both counties appear to be watching closely progress of Armenian claims.

Against Counterfeit Drugs: Expert says new draft law to deal with abuse on medicines market

The Draft law “On Medicines” adopted by the National Assembly will give an opportunity to deal more effectively with counterfeit medicines entering Armenia, said Gayane Khachvankyan, a National Consumers Academy of Armenia representative in charge of the pharmaceutics department.
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LiBearTy: ‘Immigrants’ from Armenia settle down in Romanian bear sanctuary

Former Armenian residents, Masha and Girsha (Misha), have taken their first steps on the grass in a bear sanctuary in Romania after being moved there through a strenuous effort involving activists from several countries.

Transportation Concerns: Yerevan bus explosion triggers public debate

The blast on a bus that occurred on Monday in capital Yerevan served as a ground for raising issues of public transportation in Armenia. Babken Pipoyan, the Chairman of the Informed and Protected Consumer NGO, regrets that public transport issues are reviewed only when an accident occurs.

Capital Support: Yerevan City Hall to provide housing for Karabakh casualty families

Yerevan families of servicemen who have been wounded or killed in Karabakh will be provided with apartments, if there is need, Yerevan mayor Taron Margaryan announced Wednesday.

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