YEREVAN, February 5. /ARKA/. The ministry of foreign affairs of Denmark has allocated 1.66 million euros for a three-year program of strengthening democratic local governance in Armenia.
The new program is included in the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2012-2014 and is funded by the Danish government with assistance from the government of Armenia.
The CE provided 370,000 euros for the program in Armenia.
This program is very important for ensuring democratic local governance and implementing a number of reforms in the field, Armenia’s vice-premier and minister of territorial administration Armen Gevorgyan said at the presentation of the program.
According to the vice-premier, one of the key problems is to amalgamate communities that are too many now – 915. Raising public confidence in local government is another expected outcome of the program, he said.
Armenia considers it important to ensure European standards in a number of fields, and the aim of this program is to spread knowledge about democratic local governance standards and to share the best practices.
Head of CE democracy, institution-building and governance department Alfonso Zardi said the CE will be happy to help Armenian government in implementing the necessary reforms.
Deputy head of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Knud Andersen said the main task of the local governments is to find solutions to citizens’ problems. The Congress is ready to support local governments in their everyday work to serve citizens and to boost community life, Andersen said. –0--