Ceremony for Signing of Grant Agreement to Continue Support to the Regulatory Guillotine Project in Armenia

An official signing ceremony of a grant agreement between the government of Armenia and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation, took place today at the Government Building of Armenia with the participation of Mr. Davit Harutyunyan, Minister- Chief of Staff of the Government of Armenia and ADA Managing Director Mr. Martin Ledolter. 

The grant is earmarked to support the second phase of the Regulatory Guillotine Project. This project was launched in 2011 and since then has ensured significant results: After full adoption of legislative proposals 54% of regulatory costs will be reduced. 
"On behalf of the Government of Armenia and the National Centre for Legislative Regulation (NCLR), I would like to convey my sincere appreciation for Austria’s contribution to the Regulatory Guillotine Project. Indeed, the outstanding and dedicated support by ADA as the main donor contributing more than 1 million Euros has proven to be of tremendous value for the project’s implementation. ", stressed Mr. Davit Harutyunyan.

He further elaborated that ADA joined the project during the critical starting phase and provided valuable input on its objectives and priorities. 

ADA Managing Director Mr. Martin Ledolter in turn agreed on the importance of the project for the ongoing legislative reform process in Armenia. "We are confident that the second phase will contribute substantially to reduce bureaucracy and establish modern service structures in a number of salient areas such as customs and the construction sector”, he explained. "Such a conducive environment will allow for positive investments in the country’s economy, which in turn will bring about substantial improvements for the lives of citizens”, concluded Mr. Martin Ledolter. 

The Austrian funds will be generously allocated not only to the implementation of the Regulatory Guillotine Project, but also to the implementation of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) approach in Armenia. NCLR will provide RIA methodological support to ministries and state agencies and will be responsible for the quality and content of the RIA documents developed by them.
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