YEREVAN, October 11. /ARKA/. Armenia highly appreciates the role of the Council of Europe in development of local democracy, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in his address to the mayors of EU countries’ capitals, who gathered in Yerevan to discuss challenges to municipal authorities at a conference held here as part of Armenia’s chairmanship in the EU ministerial committee.
The president’s address was read out by Armenian Territorial Administration Minister Armen Gevorgyan.
“We are convinced that local democracy is a key component of the democratic development of societies, and therefore this area is included in top-priority focuses of Armenia’s chairmanship,” Sargsyan was quoted by Novosti-Armenia as saying in his address.
The head of state also expressed appreciation of the contribution of the Council of Europe to development of local governing institutions.
“We are glad that local democracy is one of Armenian chairmanship’s priorities, and this laid ground for conducting this conference that is dedicated to problems of capitals,” he said in his address.
Problems related to administration of capitals, public services and living standards in capital cities were discussed at the conference..----0---