Improvement of the legislative regulations on labour issues, environment and nature management sectors

The session of Economic Regulations Reform Council took place in the Government office, chaired by David Harutyunyan, Minister - Chief of Staff of the GoA. Besides the members of the Council, institutions supporting the activities of National Centre for Legislative Regulations such as OSCE Yerevan office, World Bank Yerevan office, U.S. Agency of International Development, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Armenia  and the EU Twinning Program Representatives have also participated to the session.

"The aim of our work is to reduce, to simplify the regulations burden lied on businesses and citizens. We are discussing our suggestions with stakeholders, businesses and then present them to the Reform Council Session”-said Armen Yeghiazaryan, the director of National Centre for Legislative Regulation. He presented the reforms suggestions of the Centre concerning labour issues and environment and nature management fees.

Namely taking into the account the fact that as a result of reforms in the pension sector correspondent information databases have been created, which permit the authority of state pension sector to receive hereafter the work experience of the employees from state pension system book of records automatically, in the sector regulating labour relations it was suggested to eliminate the requirement of presenting labour books for the persons who are getting the employment, and in case of the absence of labour books the employer will have the possibility to find the information on work experience while recruiting employees through CV-s.

With another suggestion the obligation of the employer to provide monthly pay-sheets to the employees has been eliminated, which will reduce paper-based procedures and associated costs. The suggestion to remove the requirement of sticking all the legal acts of the company on boards for public for 5 days also diminishes the costs.

Several other recommendations presented by the National Centre for Legislative Regulations concerning the environment and nature management issues have also been approved by the Reform Council. Namely, the payers of environment and nature management fees will receive the possibility to present their calculation reports electronically, as well as to present them in a principle of "one window”.

The recommendations were developed based on EU directives, the Customs Code of the Customs Union, as well as the experience of the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia,  Russia, Canada, Tanzania and China in the given field.

About the Reform Council
To implement the regulatory reform in Armenia, by the President Decree NH-246-N dated 17 September 2011 the Council of Legal Acts Reforms Regulating the Economic Sphere of the Republic of Armenia ("Reform Council") has been established, led by the Prime Minister of RA. The council is comprised of the chief adviser of the President of RA, Minister of Justice of RA, Minister of Economy of RA and Minister of Finance of RA. According to the President decree 17 areas were included in the reform process. 

About the National Centre for Legislative Regulation
On October 13, 2011, the State Agency National Centre for Legislative Regulation Project Implementation Unit at the Government Staff of the Republic of Armenia (NCLR) was established by the Government Decree of the Republic of Armenia. The main aim of the Centre is to significantly reduce and simplify the legal acts that comprise regulations. The supporters of the Centre are The Austrian Development Agency, the Operational Unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA),Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Armenia are also cooperating with the Centre.
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