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Armenia has made progress in the development of democracy, according to a report submitted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). 

“In this report, the Monitoring Committee welcomes the fact that Armenia has made marked progress in its democratic development since the change of political leadership in 2018 and has successfully emerged from the serious political crisis triggered by the outcome in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which was overcome by parliamentary elections in June 2021.” the report says.

The committee assesses progress made and remaining challenges, including with regard to electoral reform, the balance of institutional power, the political environment, judicial reform, and the media environment, and makes a number of specific recommendations.

The Committee will continue to closely follow developments regarding the functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia, including in the context of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia.

In general, the Assembly welcomes the fact that Armenia has successfully emerged from a serious political crisis provoked by the outcome in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The crisis was resolved with early elections in June 2021, which were democratically organized despite a highly polarized environment, the report notes.

The Assembly also welcomes the implementation of reforms, the launch of new projects after the change of political leadership in 2018, and the degree of cooperation between Armenia and the Council of Europe, including at the level of the parliamentary delegation, the report says.

"The Assembly also welcomes the pursuit of reforms, the launch of new projects since the change of political leadership in 2018 and the degree to which Armenia has co-operated with the Council of Europe, including at the level of its parliamentary delegation. In particular, it welcomes the signing of the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Processing of Personal Data (STCE n° 223) in October 2019, the the ratification of the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201, Lanzarote Convention) in May 2020 and the adoption of the new Criminal Code and the new Code of Criminal Procedure in 2021, both of which are much more in line with European standards than the previous codes," the authors of the reports add.

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