President Of The Congress Of Local And Regional Authorities VisitsAr


Council of Europe

Oct 5 2005

/ Giovanni Di Stasi, President of the Congress of
Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, is paying an
official visit to Armenia from 4 to 6 October. He has met President
of the Republic Robert Kocharyan, Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan,
Speaker of the National Assembly Artur Baghdasaryan, Minister of
the Territorial Administration Hovik Abrahamyan, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Vardan Oskanyan, and Mayor of Yerevan Evand Zakharyan..

During the visit, the Congress President proposed to create a Network
of Local and Regional Authorities from the Caucasian countries. Mr Di
Stasi also confirmed the readiness of the Council of Europe Congress
to assist the Armenian authorities in implementing the amendments
to the Armenian Constitution, in particular concerning the status of
the city of Yerevan.

On 5 October, Mr Di Stasi participated in the opening of the 18th
Annual Seminar of the European Network of Training Institutions for
Local and Regional Authorities (ENTO), organised in co-operation with
the Congress and the Communities Association of Armenia. The aim of
the seminar is to provide a forum for in-depth debate and exchange of
information, experiences, best practices on the theme “Training and
Transborder Cooperation in Europe”. The sub-themes of the seminar are
“Transcaucasian co-operation” and “Training for Emergency Planning”.

The seminar is targeted at directors of training centres, training
project managers, senior executive officers responsible for training
and local public services, decision-makers, local and regional
elected representatives, practitioners and academics involved in the
subject. The seminar format places special emphasis on innovative
working methods, such as the open space method, presentation of
national examples and the best practices and networking.

President Di Stasi, Minister of Territorial Administration Abrahamyan
and the ENTO President Gert Fieguth will give a press conference on
Thursday 6 October at 10.00 a.m. in the building of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.

During the visit, the President was accompanied by Deputy Chief
Executive of the Congress Antonella Cagniolati and Congress Secretariat
member Vyacheslav Tolkovanov.

For further information please contact Natalia Lapauri, Communities
Association of Armenia Tel. +374 91404853 or Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Tel. +374 10544041

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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