One of the main problems in the sphere of local self-government in Armenia is the big number of small and incapable municipalities. The local self-government bodies of these municipalities are unable to deliver their legislatively prescribed services to the population. One way to solve the mentioned problem is the consolidation of municipalities.
The Constitution of the Republic of Armenia (article 110) includes the article regarding consolidation. It defines: ”The principles and the procedures of the amalgamation or division of the municipalities as well as the deadlines of the election of the newly established local self-government bodies are defined by the law”.
The consolidation issue is included in the Government program of the Republic of Armenia (approved by the National Assembly of RA on April 30,2008) and the Poverty Reduction Strategic Program (approved by the Government of RA on August 8, 2003) as well as the re-edited variant of (PRSP 2, September,2008). Particularly, in the Government program of RA it is mentioned “…the activities will be undertaken in the sphere of municipalities consolidation.” (paragraph 4.2.2). The article in the Poverty Reduction Strategic Program is the following “In the frameworks of poverty reduction activities in the sphere of local self-government the importance is given to the consolidation of municipalities by amalgamation of small municipalities and reduction of their number…” (paragraph 220.127.116.11, point 188). In the re-edited variant of the Poverty Reduction Strategic Program (paragraph 10.1.1, point 423) the following is mentioned: ”…the importance is given to the municipalities’ consolidation…”.
Despite the fact that the consolidation issue has constitutional basis and it is included in the State programs, in fact, almost nothing was done in this direction. Even the constitutional requirement namely, “during two years after adoption of the constitutional changes the legislation should be conformed to it” was not realized.
The Communities Finance Officers Association prepared this document proceeding from the importance of municipalities’ consolidation, the strengthening and development of local self-government system as well as in order to present it to the interested parties.