Despite the positive developments of local self-government in Armenia, the powers of the municipalities have not been extended, their role in the provision of public services remains limited and local authorities do not have sufficient funds, says the monitoring report adopted today by the Council of Europe Congress local and regional authorities, which also provides recommendations to the Armenian government on improving the situation.
The report based on a country visit in May 2019 welcomes the fact that Armenia has ratified all the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It also welcomes the consolidation of communities and the government’s legislative initiatives in the area of local referendums, public hearings and financial aid to municipalities.
Despite these good developments, the powers and duties of the municipalities have not been extended to enable them to manage a substantial part of public affairs under their own responsibility. Municipalities have a limited role in the provision of public services, which goes against the principle of subsidiarity.
In addition, there is no legally guaranteed consultation procedure between the State and the municipalities, the local authorities are not adequately involved in the decision-making process concerning their finances and the local authorities are not consulted on the modifications of their territorial limits.