Wednesday, October 13, 2004

October 12, 2004

Armenian anticorruption commission highlights 10 main areas of activity

Yerevan, 11 October: The anticorruption monitoring commission under the Armenian president at today's sitting determined 10 directions of activity.

Bagrat Yesayan, Armenian presidential aide on issues of combating corruption and chairman of the commission, told the sitting that a separate working group will function for each direction, where it is expected to involve representatives of the country's public organizations. The directions for commission's activities, as Yesayan said, are:

1. Control over the activities of state organizations specializing in the sphere of finance - the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank

2. Control over the financial activities of physical and legal entities

3. Control over the activities of the legal system

4. Control over the activities of the judicial system

5. Control over the public health system

6. Control over the public health system [as published]

7. Education sphere

8. Control over the sphere of environment

9. Transport and communications

10. Control over the sphere of economic competition

Yesayan also said that in connection with numerous cases of violation of laws of the Armenian Republic in the media and mass media outlets, a special working group of the commission, headed by the chairman of the Association of journalists-investigators, Eduard Bagdasaryan, will monitor the fulfilment of the abovesaid laws.

Bagdasaryan immediately proposed setting up a special website to publish declarations about the properties owned by the country's officials.

Apart from this, Bagdasaryan familiarized members of the commission with a decision by the Yerevan mayor to allocate free of charge 6,000 square metres of [office space] worth 240,000 dollars for a certain public organization supporting the combating of terrorism, which is a gross violation of the country's legislation. Asked by Bagdasaryan on how this should be combated, Bagrat Yesayan said that this decision should be handed over to the relevant bodies, and if they failed to do anything, these facts should be made public and that he should inform the president of this "not as a journalist, but as a member of the anticorruption monitoring commission". The commission is not entitled to carry out its own investigation, Yesayan said.

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