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The Joint Project between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Strengthening the Independence, Professionalism and Accountability of the Justice System in Armenia” provided extensive input at 2012-2016 Strategic Programme for Legal and Judicial Reforms with the changes now being taken forward as good frameworks have been created

Yerevan, Armenia 7/12/2016
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The Joint Project between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Strengthening the Independence, Professionalism and Accountability of the Justice System in Armenia” provided extensive input at 2012-2016 Strategic Programme for Legal and Judicial Reforms with the changes now being taken forward as good frameworks have been created

The Council of Europe (CoE) organised the closing event of the Joint Project with the European Union (EU) “Strengthening the Independence, Professionalism and Accountability of the Justice System in Armenia”.

During 31 months of its implementation, this Joint Project has supported the Armenian authorities in strengthening the independence, professionalism and accountability of the justice systemin line with the Government 2012-2016 Strategic Programme for Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Republic of Armenia.

The Project has achieved substantial results in legislative drafting in line with the CoE standards, which, among other things include drafting the new Code of Administrative offences, new Civil Procedure Code, the revisions of the Civil Code. The Project has also provided invaluable input through contribution to the amended law on Commercial Arbitration, drafting of the legal provisions of mediation, introduction of institute of mediation and their practical implementation. This will allow more active usage of alternative dispute resolution by the citizens and will amount to reduction of the backlog of the cases in the courts of Armenia.

H.E. Mr Piotr Antoni ŚWITALSKI, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of European Union to Armenia; Ms Hanne JUNCHER, Head of Justice and Legal Cooperation Department, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, DGI, Council of Europe; Mr Gagik HARUTYUNYAN, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Armenia and other high ranking officials from Armenia and the Council of Europe delivered speeches and presentations.

In her opening remarks Ms Hanne JUNCHER thanked all beneficiaries of the Project as well as the EU Delegation for their constant support and fruitful cooperation. She emphasised that Project has achieved significant and tangible results and the Council of Europe is sustaining its efforts and commitments to strengthen the established frameworks and structures within the Armenian justice system.


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