Armenian government approves bill on new composition
At today’s Cabinet session, Armenia's government of Armenia approved the package of bills on making amendments to the law on the structure and activities of the government and on making amendments and additions to several related laws.
Armenia's Justice Minister Artak Zeynalyan noted that the objective of this package will have a more efficient government structure in terms of functionality.
According to the draft, the Armenian government shall comprise the prime minister, two deputy prime ministers, and ministers.
In addition, there will be 12 ministries in the Armenian government instead of 17.
Accordingly, the Ministries of Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs are planned to be joined to the Ministry of Education and Science, and the latter will be renamed Ministry of Education, Science and Culture; the Ministry of Agriculture will be joined to the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments, and the latter will be renamed Ministry of Economy; the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources will be joined to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development, and the latter will be renamed Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures; the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies will be renamed Ministry of High Technology Industry; and the Ministry of Diaspora will be joined to the Prime Minister’s Staff where an institute of Chief Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs is planned to be established instead of this ministry.
In addition, the institute of First Deputy Prime Minister will be also abolished.
The Justice Minister noted that the jobs cuts to be made as a result of reorganization of the ministries primarily will apply to political and discretionary positions.
"A reduction in quantity is not envisioned. And the ministries - with all their positions - are moved to the staff of the newly formed ministry," News,an cited Zeynalyan as saying.