The Importance of Public Control in Fight against Corruption

The regular seminar of the Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders started with presentation of the theme on the importance of public control in fight against corruption.

Mr. Karen Zadoyan, the founding member of the US Alumni Association of Armenia, the AYLA President and the Coordinator of the CSOs Anti-Corruption Secretariat said that the public control has the following components: monitoring of the planned activities in 4 target areas of the action plan and realization of journalistic investigation; monitoring of the public perception and public opinion on the provided public services; monitoring of the legislation of the target spheres; introducing recommendations on the reforms and monitoring of their implementation and publicizing the results.

Further he spoke about the Anti-Corruption Council. One of the important topics in his report was presentation of the AYLA former experience. According to Mr. Zadoyan, AYLA already has experience in the sphere of public monitoring. In particular, he noted the public monitoring of Civil Status Acts Registration Agency Territorial Offices of the Republic of Armenia, which consisted of tree phases. Phase 1, in 2009, in the framework of the “Multi-Component Monitoring in the Notaries Offices of the Republic of Armenia” project. Phase 2, in 2011, in the framework of “Public Monitoring of the Notary Offices and Civil Status Acts Registration Agency Territorial Offices of the Republic of Armenia” project. And phase 3, in 2013, in the framework of “Ensuring Public Monitoring and Transparency” project.

Mr. Zadoyan spoke about the problems revealed. He said that as a result of the implemented monitoring they understood that a situation, where the notary public could act on his/her own discretion and neglect the public interests, was created in the notary sphere and with the support of the existing legal acts. However the monitoring and the question rose promoted changing the work in the system. According to Mr. Zadoyan, public control can promote and assist the changes in any system and find solutions to the problems.

Then, Mr. Gevorg Tosunyan, Journalist of website spoke on the theme “Journalistic Investigations in the Area of the Government’s Anti-Corruption Activities.”

The Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO organize the Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders in the framework of the U.S. Alumni Outreach Grants Program with financial support of the US Embassy in Armenia. independent information website is the information partner of the Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders.

Photos: Aleksander Sargsyan

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