Workshop “Introducing the Polish System of Counteracting Corruption” was held in Yerevan (Armenia) on July 7-8 within the framework of project “No coruption. Civic control of local authorities”, which was released by the Polish - Czech - Slovak Solidarity Foundation and The Center for Regional Development/Transparency International Armenia. The projest was financed by British Embassies in Warsaw and Yerevan, British Foreign and Commonwealth, Global Opportunities Fund, Re-Uniting Europe.
In workshop over 40 members took part, who represented state institiutions, NGOs, media and diplomatic missions and international organizations.
The welcoming remarks were made by the Polish Ambassador Mr. Tomasz Knothe, the Third Secretary of the British Embassy in Yerevan Ms. Sarah Murrell and Ms. Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of CRD/TI Armenia.
The Polish experience was introduced by Dr. Cezary Trutkowski (Assistant Professor, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw), Mr. Adam Kwiatkowski (Deputy Head, Praga Południe District Council, Warsaw) and Ms. Grażyna Kopińska (Director, Anti-Corruption Program of the Stefan Batory Foundation, in this project as volunteer). The current situation in Armenia was presented by Ms. Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman, and Sona Ayvazyan, Environmental Policy Expert, CRD/TI Armenia.
Discussions around similarities and peculiarities of the Polish and Armenian experience were made during the panel and continued in less formal conditions, at the evening social event.
The next day of workshops members attended informations about polish public campaigns in field of Counteracting Corruption and part of NGOs. Members took part also in practise classes – in exercises of “Model Municipality Pre-election Campaign”.
The event was covered by local newspapers and TV channels.