Armenia became a member of the Council of Europe on 25 January 2001.
CoE co-operation activities have focused on supporting Armenia in honouring its commitments as a Council of Europe member state to improve democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the country.
Status of co-operation
The CoE Action Plan for Armenia 2015-2018 was adopted by the Committee of Ministers in September 2015 and officially launched by the Deputy Secretary General on 20 May 2016. It takes into account Armenia’s continuing and newly emerged priorities in its democratic reforms. It also reflects the need for institutional capacity development to link policy, legal frameworks and practice, and to further strengthen partnership between key stakeholders (the government, civil society and international organisations) in order to promote and protect the rule of law, human rights and democratic principles in Armenia.
The Action Plan has been prepared in close consultation with the Armenian authorities and reflects the most recent findings of the Council of Europe’s monitoring bodies, resolutions and recommendations with respect to Armenia including the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. Additionally, the Action Plan builds upon the results and achievements of the previous Action Plan for 2012-2014.
The main beneficiaries of Council of Europe co-operation with Armenia include state institutions, civil society and the general public.
The key priorities for co-operation:
- Improving the application of European human rights standards at the national level;
- Strengthening constitutional justice;
- Supporting criminal justice reform and the fight against ill-treatment and impunity;
- Strengthening the justice system;
- Fighting corruption, money-laundering and cybercrime;
- Supporting police and penitentiary reform;
- Strengthening local democracy;
- Promoting gender equality;
- Fighting domestic violence and violence against women;
- Capacity building in the electoral field; and
- Enhancing the capacity of civil society institutions.
The implementation of this Action Plan will be jointly assessed by the Council of Europe and the Armenian authorities.
The Council of Europe Office in Yerevan and operational services in Strasbourg is responsible for the management and implementation of the Action Plan. In particular, the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan plays an important role in the overall management and co-ordination of project implementation in the field.
Total Action Plan budget: €16,447,533.
Projects in the Action Plan are funded from multiple sources, and co-ordinated with the international partners present in Armenia. Funding is provided from the Council of Europe’s ordinary budget, as well as voluntary contributions from donor countries and international organisations, including the European Union/Council of Europe Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) for 2015-2017.