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ACN Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Anti-Corruption Division Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2, rue André-Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France Phone: +33 (0)1 45 24 13 19, Fax: +33 (0)1 44 30 63 07 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.oecd.org/corruption/acn

ISTANBUL ANTI-CORRUPTION ACTION PLAN

THIRD ROUND OF MONITORING

Armenia

PROGRESS UPDATE

The third round monitoring report on Armenia was adopted by the Istanbul Action Plan monitoring meeting in October, 2014. This document contains progress update on the implementation of the recommendations of the third round monitoring report by Armenia and the assessment of progress made. The document includes the update made at the following ACN Istanbul Action Plan Plenary Meeting: 15th meeting on 23-25 March, 2015; 16th Meeting on 7-9 October, 2015.

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SUMMARY 15th ACN Istanbul Action Plan Meeting on 23-25 March, 2015: progress update was submitted by Armenian National Coordinator at the ACN, the Ministry of Justice of Armenia. In addition, shadow progress updates were submitted by three Armenian NGOs, namely, the Armenian Young Lawyers Association, the Protection of Rights without Borders NonGovernmental Organisation, and by the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia. The reports were reviewed by the monitoring exerts, including Mr Zurab Sanikidze, Acting Head of the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia that also acts as the Secretary of Anti-Corruption Council of Georgia and the Georgian National Coordinator at the ACN, Ms Natalia Baratashvili of the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice, Mr Vakhtang Kezheradze from the State Audit Office, Ms Olga Savran, OECD, and Ms Tanya Khavanska, OECD. The progress update was discussed and adopted by the Istanbul Action Plan monitoring meeting on 23-25 March 2015. The meeting concluded that there was progress in the implementation of 15 recommendations, and lack of tangible progress in relation to 8 recommendations. The monitoring meeting thanked the monitoring experts for their preparation for the assessment of progress, and noted that the shadow reports provided by the representatives of the Civil Society of Armenia were very useful for ensuring the objectivity of the assessment. 16th ACN Plenary on 7-9 October, 2015: progress update was submitted by the national coordinator for ACN, Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia together with the annexed documentation. Alternative reports were received by the Secretariat from 4 Armenian NGOs: TI Armenia, Armenian Young Lawyers Association, Freedom of Information Center of Armenia and the Protection of Rights without Borders. Reports were reviewed by Mr. Vakhtang Kezheradze from the State Audit Office of Georgia and the representative of the ACN Secretariat Mrs. Rusudan Mikhelidze. The assessment of progress was discussed and adopted on the 16th ACN plenary on 8 October, 2015. The plenary noted the progress in relation to 17 and lack of progress in relation to the 6 recommendations out of 23 recommendations. In case of 7 recommendations, where substantial measures have not been carried out yet, considering that the actions were taken in line with the timeline of the Armenian anti-corruption action plan, limited progress was noted. The secretariat thanked the national coordinator for very good cooperation and expressed appreciation for the alternative reports received from the 4 Armenian NGOs noted above. The table below summarises the assessment, including the recommendations where progress was noted or where it was lacking. Recommendation

Status at the 15th Plenary

Status at the 16th Plenary

Recommendation 1: Recommendation 2: Recommendation 3: Recommendation 4: Recommendation 5: Recommendation 6: Recommendation 7: Recommendation 8: Recommendation 9: Recommendation 10: Recommendation 11: Recommendation 12: