Local Democracy in Armenia
The Congress, meeting in Strasbourg (France) on 26 March 2014, examined a report on local democracy in Armenia. While the Congress rapporteur, Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG) welcomed the efforts made by the Armenian authorities to implement the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, in particular by introducing constitutional changes in 2005 and adopting new legislation in 2008, he emphasised that "Armenian local authorities only have a limited role".
"In practice, Armenian local authorities do not always have full and exclusive powers, with local government bodies serving more as agent for the central government than as autonomous actors of local public administration," he explained. The Congress therefore recommends that the Armenian authorities review the legislation in order to better implement the principle of subsidiarity and allow the local authorities to regulate and manage a substantial share of public affairs. The Congress also calls on the Armenian authorities to increase local authorities' own resources. (more...)
The adopted recommendations are transmitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which may decide to transmit them to the authorities of the country concerned, in order that they may take the texts into consideration. National authorities and the Congress may then decide to continue their political dialogue initiated during the monitoring process, to guide the implementation of these recommendations on the basis of a jointly-developed roadmap. This second stage is the post-monitoring phase, based primarily on the development of this political dialogue.
Recommendation 351 (2014)
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Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG)
Rapporteur of the Congress