A new body fighting corruption will be set up in Armenia, it emerged at a government meeting on Thursday.
Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian will head the Anti-Corruption Council that will also involve other members of the government, including justice and finance ministers, the prosecutor-general and others.
Also, each opposition faction in the Armenian parliament will be given an option of having a representative to the body. Besides the chairman of the president-affiliated Public Council and a representative of the Union of Communities of Armenia, the Council will also include two civil society representatives.
Under the government decision, a “committee of independent experts” will be affiliated with the Council.
According to the regulations of the Council, it will discuss and approve the anti-corruption strategy implemented in Armenia, will coordinate anti-corruption measures implemented by various government bodies, will organize hearings, debates, discussions as well as prepare recommendations for the government on how to effectively fight corruption in Armenia.
A similar body with the identical name has existed in Armenia since 2004. It is to be dissolved before the new council is established. To the question why the government needed to establish a new anti-corruption body, Justice Minister Hovannes Manukian said: “The fight against corruption should be carried out more efficiently and more actively, and for that purpose besides institutional solutions, of course, it is important and necessary to have the political will, because if there is no such political will no ideal institutional solution can help make progress.”