“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that despite the decision of the Constitutional Court suspending sanctions for not complying with the mandatory provision of the new pension law the State Revenue Committee (SRC) has found a way to make employers transfer an additional five percent from their workers’ salaries to privately owned pension funds. The thing is, according to the paper, that the income tax declarations submitted by accountants every month now have a blank space related to pension fund payments that must be filled by any means if the paper is to be accepted by the SRC automated system. Failure to submit such documents properly involves responsibility for the accountants. “This is a manner of action typical of the current administration. Everything is fine on paper, but in practice everything is quite the opposite,” concludes the daily.
“Zhoghovurd” reports that a number of organizations and companies in Armenia have been warned by tax authorities to start making payments to the pension funds even before the Constitutional Court makes a decision on the appeal lodged by the country’s leading opposition parties. “It looks like the SRC already knows that the law being challenged at the Constitutional Court will not be recognized as unconstitutional and that is why they make entrepreneurs pay today,” the paper writes.
“Hraparak” comments on the statement by President Serzh Sarkisian made during his visit to the Czech capital of Prague on Thursday where he said that “if we decided to join the [Russian-led] Customs Union, then we must do that as quickly as possible”. “Wasn’t it Serzh Sarkisian who, visiting Prague the last time, was the one who had decided that Armenia should join the European Union’s Eastern Partnership program? Why didn’t he do that quickly and with quality? Why wasn’t the association agreement with the EU signed as quickly as possible?” the daily wonders.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar” Public Council Chairman Vazgen Manukian defends Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union in light of the latest developments in Ukraine where there is a continuing standoff between the government and the opposition over key policy issues. “We simply managed to avoid the dangers that Ukraine faces today. The current course of events [in Ukraine] makes it possible to predict that this country may even be split into two separate states. Besides, the interests of Europe and Russia have come into conflict in Ukraine. This is a war in which Ukrainians are simply used as a tool in the hands of those forces. Do we need that kind of war in Armenia? That would have cost us dearly,” concludes the head of President Sarkisian’s advisory body.