On 27 November 2017 a Conference on ‘’Preventing corruption and promoting human rights’’ (the Conference) was held in Yerevan. The Conference was organised by the Council of Europe, the Human Rights Defender of Armenia, the Judiciary, and the Ethics Commission of High Ranking Officials of Armenia within the framework of the Project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Armenia”. This part of the Project is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
During the Conference the main questions related to the prevention of corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors raised in the latest evaluation report of the Council of Europe's anti-corruption body, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), on Armenia were presented and discussed. The anti-corruption policies and implementation mechanisms in Armenia were presented by the Armenian partners.
H.E. Mr Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of European Union to Armenia; Mr Gianluca Esposito, Executive Secretary of GRECO, Mr Arman Tatoyan, Human Rights Defender of Armenia, Mr Davit Harutyunyan, Minister of Justice of Armenia, and other high ranking officials from the Armenian Judiciary and the Council of Europe delivered speeches and presentations.
Mr Gianluca Esposito, Executive Secretary of GRECO and the international consultant of the Council of Europe presented the GRECO's recommendations for the judiciary, focusing on the rules on the acceptance of gifts, and on submitting regular asset declarations.
In his opening remarks Minister of Justice Mr David Harutyunyan emphasised, that the Ministry and the Government of Armenia are keen to improve the level of compliance with the provisions and recommendations of GRECO. Ms Natalia Voutova, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, indicated “We are delighted with our long standing cooperation with the national partners of Armenia and we are happy to acknowledge that measures are taken to implement recommendations of GRECO”.