European Legistations in Armenia
|April 17, 2011||Posted by admin under EU||
In June 2004, by the recommendation of the commission to the council of European Neighborhood Policy, Five additional countries were added to the ENP. These countries were, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Egypt, and Lebanon. By adding Armenia and theses other countries to the European Neighborhood Policy, the European Union now has influential legislation powers with these independent states. The European Union entered into association agreements with Armenia through the ENP, and Armenia by agreeing to these association agreements allowed the EU to have power to legislate. Immediately following the closing of these association agreements, the European Neighborhood Policy drew up reports on these countries. These reports included discussions on policy and future legislation. The European Union decided that several changes needed to be made internally in Armenia and began in earnest to draw up legislation to accomplish these changes.
The first of these many changes involved strengthening the rule of law in Armenia, and creating more democratic structures and the ability for the plurality of the people to get involved. The European Union has been successful in both of these attempts to help strengthen the internal structure of Armenia. The second goal of the European Union was to improve the respect for human rights and help Armenia develop the fundamental policies of freedom. Although Armenia was beginning to tend toward more democratic forms of leadership, much of the country was still under martial law and military rule. By increasing the push for stronger human rights, the EU is beginning to help stabilize the condition of Armenia’s democracy.
The European Union also recognized in Armenia a need for improvements in the business structures both public and private. Legislation has been put forth by the EU in Armenia to help to modernize its business structure. Another goal of this modernization was to help eliminate fraud and corruption within the Armenian business sector. The European Union realized that if real reform was going to take place, this corruption would have to be eliminated. Legislation has been passed to give the local governments more power and protection in prosecuting fraud. The EU also saw the need for legislation to reform the tax structure and customs administrations in Armenia. This reform in tax structure would also help the country make great progress toward the reduction of poverty. Because Armenia has been closed to European influence for so long, the current poverty rate is tremendous. The European Union hopes to curb these rates and help the country establish more fundamental economic principles.
The European Union is also recommending future legislation in several different areas. In a desire to help maintain political accountability within the country, the EU is recommending that Armenia draw up legislation to help strengthen political dialogue within Europe. By helping Armenia create open avenues of discussion among other European nations, the EU hopes to create better opportunities for restructuring in Armenia. Other goals include creating support for economic reforms, rehabilitation and rebuilding of conflict zones, and greater partnership and between Armenia and cooperating countries.