Pawel Swianiewicz – Head of Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw and Adviser to the President of Poland on local government issues.
Tony Levitas – Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Armenia is in the midst of ambitious and far-going local government reform. In 2015 Government of Armenia started territorial administrative reform (TARA), assuming consolidation of small and financially weak communities into larger units. During local referenda in May 2015, population of 22 communities in three consolidating clusters expressed willingness to merge their municipalities. Last Sunday voters in three consolidated communities have elected their mayors and councils. The reform will roll over to about 11 new consolidation clusters around the country. After this pilot phase of the reform is accomplished, government will undertake the final phase of the reform in the next years. Along with consolidation of communities it is planned to expand the local government powers, delegating them with new competencies. Having in mind the scope of the reform and possible impact on many other sectors of public administration and economy, it is extremely important to consider the experience of other countries, which already passed this path.
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