UNION OF THE ARMENIAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
The Union of Armenian Government Employees (UAGE), NGO, was registered in the RA Ministry of Justice on September 5, 1997 and reregistered on January 24, 2000.
The UAGE operates in the direction of the achievement of the following objectives and tasks: consolidation of the national state, establishment of viable links between public servants, help in protecting their rights and lawful interests, collaboration with the Academy of Public Administration of the Republic of Armenia (the former School of Public Administration) in training and education of Armenian public servants, as well as support to the former public servants and their families.
Since its establishment the UAGE directed all its efforts at the achievement of the objectives, tasks and projects of the organization.
In 1998 the UAGE won the tender announced by the Eurasia Foundation putting forward a proposal on opening territorial branches of the organization within the bodies of the RA territorial administration and developing the code of ethics for public servants. To facilitate the effective implementation of the first task the organization concluded agreements with all the marzpetarans of the Republic of Armenia on opening the UAGE branches in all the marzpetarans of the Republic of Armenia. So far as the second task of the proposal was concerned, in May 1998 the organization conducted a seminar on the moral code in the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia. Apart from that, the UAGE developed the draft of the code of ethics for public servants, which was subsequently published in the official press (Hayastani Hanrapetoutyoun, January 29, 1999).
On the basis of the questionnaire developed by the UAGE in 1999, a social survey was conducted among the staffs of the RA marzpetarans to find out the views of public servants on the issue of setting commissions on the matters of ethics. In 2000 the proposal submitted by the UAGE in the framework of the grant tender launched by the Know How Foundation under the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Republic of Armenia was also approved. A monitoring on the moral code of public servants was conducted among the staffs of the RA marzpetarans. As a result, the Union of Armenian Government Employees organized a seminar with the participation of the marzpetaran employees and published the results of both the monitoring and the seminar in the form of a concise booklet.
In 2001 in the framework of the DFID grant the UAGE worked in the direction of the following initiatives:
1) Setting a unified information base between the UAGE territorial branches and the center through a computerized network.
2) Introducing new approaches of interpersonal and informal relations in conformity with the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Public Servants developed by the UAGE to be implemented through regular computerized monitoring among the marzpetaran staff.
3) Conducting awareness-raising activities among the marzpetaran staffs on the drafts developed by the RA Public Sector Reform Commission among the local governments. The PSRC contributed to the aforementioned activities by providing all the relevant materials and drafts. Recently the UAGE has signed a memo on intentions with the RA Government staff on the basis of which a working group was established to study the possibilities of setting commissions on the matters of ethics within the bodies of public administration, while since 1999 the UAGE has been involved in the activities of the RA Public Sector Reform Commission (The President of the UAGE was appointed to the commission on the basis of the March 9, 1999 Decree #761 of the Prime Minister of the RA).
To elucidate its activities, the UAGE publishes its information booklet both in Russian and Armenian. In order to raise the effectiveness of the awareness-raising activities the UAGE concluded an agreement with the RA Public TV Company on conducting a series of TV programs.
In 1998 and 1999 the organization concluded an agreement with the RA School of Public Administration on the basis of which short-term training programs were conducted on the key issues of public administration.
At the end of the training program jointly signed certificates were awarded to all the participants on the completion of the training course.
From April 18 to 28, 2001 in the framework of the TACIS Civil Service Reform Project a study tour was conducted in Denmark and Latvia to examine the western experience with regard to the introduction of the system of civil service in the spheres of territorial and local governance. The president of the UAGE was a full and active participant of the aforementioned study tour.
The UAGE is closely collaborating with the Russian Academy of Public Service and the Ghazakh National School of Public Service. Moreover the heads of both these institutions were involved in the grant projects as foreign experts. The UAGE is regularly receiving professional consultation via e-mail from June Burnham, Senior professor in the Middlesex University.
From October 14 to 18, 1998 the organization was invited to participate in a conference organized in Georgia by the Eurasia Foundation. The conference was devoted to the discussion of the issues of collaboration programs in the Southern Caucasus. As a result, a three-party agreement on collaboration in the region was concluded between the UAGE, the Azerbaijani Center for Assistance to NGO Initiatives and the Intellect Foundation of Georgia.
In 1999 the organization was invited to participate in a conference organized by the European Federation of Public Service Organizations in Brussels. Since 2001 the UAGE has been closely collaborating with ASPA (American Society for Public Administration) and has entered into a preliminary agreement with the latter on the translation of the materials published by the aforementioned organization and distribution of such materials among public servants. At the same time the UAGE has concluded an agreement on collaboration with LOGIN, a computerized information network established jointly by Latvia and the countries of Western Europe. The information about the President of the UAGE was entered into the database of the LOGIN experts.