TWINNING PROJECT

Strengthening the capacity of the National Assembly of Armenia to further support CEPA oversight and implementation

Closing Event

On 29 November 2022 the Closing event of the EU Twinning Project took place in Yerevan, marking two years of project implementation by the Hellenic and Italian Parliaments. H.E. Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr. Vahan Naribekyan, Secretary General – Chief of Staff of the National Assembly of Armenia, Mr Arman Yeghoyan, Chair of the European Integration Standing Committe of the National Assembly of Armenia, the members of the Hellenic Parliament Mr Periklis Mantas, Mr Anastasios Bartzokas & Mr Konstantinos Zachariadis , the member of the Italian House of Representatives and President of the Italian-Armenia Friendship Group, Mr Giulio Centemero, as well as the Ambassadors of Greece, Italy and the EU in Armenia, Mr Evangelos Tournakis, Mr Alfonso di Riso, members of the NA Ms Sona Ghazaryan & Mr Arsen Torosyan and Project Manager Ms Irina Movsesyan reaffirmed their commitment to the objectives of the programme and to strengthening EU-Armenia cooperation in support of democratic institutions.

For the past two years, experts from the Hellenic and Italian parliaments worked together with the Armenian National Assembly colleagues towards improving the capacity of the National Assembly to advance CEPA-related legislation and policies in an inclusive and evidence-based manner, while at the same time increasing awareness of the impacts and benefits of CEPA.

The Project Team presented the outcomes and results achieved and the results of the two Components of the project were presented by the project implementation team and in particular by Eleni Kanellopoulou (Project Leader), Dr. Vasileios Svolopoulos (Deputy Project Leader), Nektarios Kyriakou (Resident Twinning Advisor), Mari Manukyan (Project Leader-Parliament of Armenia), Giovanni Rizzoni (Junior Project Leader-Italian House of Representatives) and Marta Sandoyan (Component 1 Counterpart Leader — Parliament of Armenia).

As part of the implementation of the first component of the Project (Component 1) the goal was to improve the structures, procedures and tools of the Armenian Parliament, Mr. Svolopoulos presented the methodology followed, which included the preparation of benchmarking, the development of key performance indicators (KPIs) and the use of IPU self-assessment indicators. Proposals for better planning of legislation and cooperation with the government, improvement of parliamentary control and representation procedures, the creation of a special programme management service, the development of training and education programmes, the strengthening of the State Budget Office in Parliament, the development of a strategic operational plan for the implementation of the proposals were also presented.   

Ms. Kanellopoulou pointed out that under the second component of the Programme (Component 2) to improve the effectiveness of the CEPA-related legislative process, training seminars were organised through which good drafting practices were presented (accompanying documents, table of correspondence between national and EU provisions, consultation via ECPRD, organisation of public hearings).  Component 2 includes the development of a manual with concrete steps for the proper drafting of bills, the use of which will enhance overall legislative work. MS Kanellopoulou attached particular importance to the synergies she created the project with the academic community and other Twinning programmes. 

Mr Kyriakou referred to the facts and data on the implementation of the project, as well evaluation of the actions by the participants results. In total, during the two-year duration of the programme, 24 missions took place with the participation of 53 experts, as well as 6 Armenian study visits to the Greek and Italian Parliaments and 1 internship.

In particular, in order to achieve the objectives of the project, meetings, presentations, seminars and educational workshops and other publicity actions, such as open events and online information, were organised. There was a great response from the Armenian Parliament and participants had the opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and views with project experts on good parliamentary practices and the approximation of national legislation to the european Acquis.

At the end of the event, a round-table discussion titled ‘The Role of the Parliament in deepening democracy: facts and challenges’ was held.

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