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According to the addenda to the Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic (Psychoactive) Substances and the RA Criminal Code, criminal responsibility will also be designed in case of illegal circulation of the derivatives of narcotic drugs and psychotropic (psychoactive) substances, consumption, theft, extortion, smuggling, inclining, involving of their use, promoting their use and in other cases of their illegal application. The RA Deputy Head of Police Ara Fidanyan presented the legislative package for debate at the NA extraordinary sitting on May 19.

The NA deputy Armen Khachatryan noted that the Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs endorsed the package of drafts.

The parliament also debated in the first reading the proposed amendments and addenda to the Law on Aviation authored by the Government.

According to the RA Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Armen Simonyan, the adoption of the draft is conditioned by the need to comply with a number of provisions of international agreements and the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The powers to adopt secondary regulatory legal acts stemmed from the law in the process of normative regulation of the aviation activities by the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure and by the Civil Aviation Committee are clarified. The relations connected with the construction of flight platforms and their further operation by the operators of the low-class plane will be regulated.

The member of the NA Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Hayk Tsirunyan informed that the draft was debated and endorsed in the Head Committee.

The executive body proposes to set out the procedure with the amendments to the Law on Penitentiary Service for training of penitentiary servants holding positions of chief, senior, middle and junior groups of the penitentiary service.

The RA Deputy Minister of Justice Arpine Sargsyan noted that now the training of servants and the performance appraisal are carried out in accordance with the Law on Civil Service, however most of the staff are not civil servants in the penitentiary system, but penitentiary servants. This service has certain peculiarities which should be taken into account in case of performance appraisal. The Deputy Minister informed that it is planned to change the procedure for trainings having as a basis the assessment of individual needs based on features and the regular training system no later than once every three years in case of need for the development of professional knowledge and skills of penitentiary servants. According to the transitional provision for the transitional period, the procedure for training will be defined by the order of the Minister of Justice coordinating the field.

In his co-report, Alkhas Ghazaryan voiced about the endorsement of the NA Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs.

The debated issues were accepted in the first reading. Covering the agenda, the National Assembly ended the work of the regular sitting.

Taguhi Tovmasyan Meets with Acting UN Resident Coordinator and Senior Advisor for the South Caucasus Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
On May 19, the Chair of the RA NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs Taguhi Tovmasyan met with the Acting UN Resident Coordinator Lila Pieters Yahia and the Senior Advisor for the South Caucasus Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Vladimir Shkolnikov....

Armen Gevorgyan Gives a Speech During the Debate of PACE For Healthy Environment of the Activity Programme of Parliamentarians’ Network
On May 19, the Member of the RA NA delegation to PACE Armen Gevorgyan gave a speech during the debate of PACE Activity Programme of Parliamentarians’ Network for Healthy Environment“Dear colleagues,The issue of the interconnectedness between environment and human rights is becoming one of the most r...

Cooperation with Freedom House is Important for Armenia: Sargis Khandanyan
The cooperation with Freedom House is very important for Armenia. In recent years the growing role of the organization is noticeable in Armenia and in the region: the deputy of the RA NA Civil Contract Faction Sargis Khandanyan said during the meeting with Marc Behrendt, the Director for Europe and ...

NA President of Armenia Receives Parliamentary Delegation of Italy
On May 19, the RA NA President Alen Simonyan received the Delegation led by Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Italy, the Head of the Section of Italy-Armenia Relations functioning within the framework of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Giulio Centemero. At the meeting the further ...

RA Penitentiary New Code to Replenish Complete Package of Criminal Justice Chain Reforms
In 2021, the parliament adopted the Criminal and the Criminal Procedure Codes, which will enter into force from July 1, 2022. The third important draft is the RA Penitentiary Code, which will replenish the complete package of the criminal justice chain reforms. On May 19, the at the RA NA extraordin...

Grounds for Initiating Proceedings on Confiscation of Property of Illegal Origin, Period of Examination and Possibilities of Confiscation of Property Reviewed
The Government proposes amendments to the Law on Confiscation of Property of Illegal Origin aimed at detecting the property of illegal origin and returning it to the field of legality. The issue was debated in the first reading at the regular sitting of the National Assembly convened on May 19 on th...

Alen Simonyan Receives Delegation Led by Jiří Růžička
On May 19, the RA NA President Alen Simonyan received the delegation of the Standing Senate Commission on Media led by the First Vice President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Jiří Růžička.The RA NA President highlighted the fact that the Czech colleagues are concerned about the m...

Extraordinary Sitting of National Assembly to Be Convened
Pursuant to Article 100 of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia and Article 41 of the constitutional law of the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly, on the initiative of the Government, according to the NA President’s decision, the extraordinary sitting of the National Assembly will b...

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