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Cabinet Discusses Tax Administration-Related Legislative Reform

2014.10.02
Chaired by Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, the Economic Legislation Reform Council met in the Office of Government.

In accordance with the pre-established agenda, the meeting discussed the National Center for Legislative Regulation PIU-developed proposals on license fees. In particular, the Council looked into the possibility of establishing a local license tax on certain types of activities for physical persons, including individual entrepreneurs, business license renewal mechanisms, application of discounts and a variety of other issues.

The Council members came up with specific comments and recommendations concerning the proposed amendments. In conclusion, the Prime Minister told the stakeholders to work out the reform package and submit a final version to the Government.

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

2014.06.23
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. To present the reports a principle of "one window” will be introduced.

The recommendations were developed based on EU directives, the Customs Code of the Customs Union, as well as the experience of Great Britain, Ireland, Georgia, Lithuania, Estonia, Jordan, Poland, Russia, the United States and Ukraine 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.

Social Sector Regulatory Framework Improved

2014.03.21
Chaired by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, the Economic Regulations Reform Council met in the Office of Government. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the OSCE, the World Bank and EU Armenia Mission, which assist the National Center for Legislative Regulation in its activities.

National Center for Legislative Regulation Director Armen Yeghiazaryan introduced reforms in the social sector. It was proposed to remove the mandatory registration of professional experience, because it creates unequal conditions for citizens. As a result, regardless of their length of service, all citizens can enjoy the given privilege.

It was also recommended that in the absence of seniority payment or other documents, the authorized entity shall be responsible for getting information on pension payments. The meeting approved model application forms for pension assignment, rehabilitation of pension rights or change in the type of pension. The Council next decided to simplify some procedures and reduce the length of the deadlines set.

Another proposal was made to establish that the number of children in a family should be determined based on the number of actual births by the mother, instead of the number of dependent children under care. 

The proposals were accepted by the Council and will be submitted to the Government and the National Assembly in the manner established by law.

The recommendations were developed based on EU directives, the Customs Code of the Customs Union, as well as the experience of Great Britain, Ireland, Georgia, Lithuania, Estonia, Jordan, Poland, Russia, the United States and Ukraine in the given field.

Better Business Regulatory Framework

2014.02.04
Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan chaired a regular meeting of the Economic Regulatory Framework Reform Council, held today in the Office of Government.

The meeting was also attended by representatives from National Center for Legislative Regulation (NCLR) partner organizations - OSCE, UNDP, World Bank, as well as the EU and International Monetary Fund.

NCLR Director Armen Yeghiazaryan introduced the reforms due in the field entrepreneurship. In particular, it was proposed to replace the licenses granted to trade venue operators, vodka importers and precious metal assaying and hallmarking entities with the requirement of mandatory notifications sent to the authorized body.

Another suggestion was made to simplify the procedures and reduce the permit granting deadlines for the export of dual-purpose goods and their transit through the territory of the Republic of Armenia. The Ministry of Economy was proposed to introduce a system of online submission of permit bids and notifications.

It was next suggested to amend the law on advertising, according to which the sentence "ban with a duration of over 14 minutes per hour during a TV or radio broadcast” should be substituted with the following sentence "it is prohibited to broadcast on television or radio over 14 minute-long advertisements within 1 airing hour,” which means the advertising period will be limited to 14 minutes per hour.

The NCLR also proposed to streamline the procedure to be followed in holding and funding innovation project competitions in order to specify evaluation criteria, set clear-cut deadlines and tender application forms.

The aforementioned recommendations have been reviewed in the light of the EU directives, the Customs Code of the Customs Union, as well as the know-how available in Great Britain, Ireland, Georgia, Lithuania, Estonia, Jordan, Poland, Russia, the USA and Ukraine. Note that these proposals and recommendations will lead to AMD1bn-worth savings in business process-related costs.