The first 50 days of Nikol Pashinyan's Government here 

June 28, Thursday (Day 51) 

- The Prime Minister receives relatives of those police officers killed during the Sasna Tsrer takeover of a police station in Erebuni in 2016. He says that he shares in their grief and believes violence in never the way to solve problems. Referring to the ongoing trial of the members of the armed group, Pashinyan said: “As Prime Minister, I stated that I will not interfere in the activities of the courts, because I think that this is the wrong way, and we had many problems due to this practice. But for me, it is as much important that the rights of our country’s each citizen should be protected. Of course, I am closely following the process, and have already expressed my political position which, I think, is fairly balanced: there was not a single statement that took into account the interest of a group of citizens, and ignored that of others. Of course, our duty is to ensure the safety of citizens, the protection of human rights. It was important for me to hear your opinions and position.”

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Soprano Liana Harutunyan’s solo concert held at the Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall.  

- The PM announces that the Presidential Palace (Baghramyan 26), where he was working from after becoming Prime Minister, will be returned to Armenia’s president.

- Armenia’s Cabinet approves the government’s proposals on amending the RA Law on Trade and Services. Minister of Economic Development and Investments Artsvik Minasyan says government continues to adhere to the idea of providing equal competition conditions for business entities, as well as supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). However, the draft contains some regulations that call for further study, clarification and final wording. Pashinyan notes that series efforts are being made and that he will convene consultations to discuss ways of supporting SMEs: “Armenian SMEs need strong protection. The government will take specific action to that effect, and will do everything to ensure that the proposed measures are effective.”

- The government decides to rescind a decision regarding prescription medicines. On March 6, 2018, a number of medications could be purchased only with a doctor’s prescription; this decision is postponed until July 1, 2019.

- Nikol Pashinyan and his wife Anna Hakobyan attend soprano Liana Harutunyan’s solo concert held at the Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall within the framework of the 19th annual Yerevan Perspectives International Festival.  

June 29, Friday (Day 52) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture and Head of the Russian delegation to the Seventh Armenian-Russian Interregional Forum.

- The PM chairs a consultation on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, attended by the heads of relevant government departments and representatives of NGOs representing SME interests. The meeting focuses on a number of issues related to SME activities. The speakers stress the need for reforming the Tax Code. The Prime Minister underscores that the government has enough political will to look into the problems faced in this area and considers it necessary to involve SME representatives in discussions on tax code reforms. The Premier instructs Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan to set up an SME Development Council with the participation of SME representatives at the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments that will discuss all issues in a constructive atmosphere and on a regular basis in order to report to the Prime Minister on the possibilities and ways of tackling the existing bottlenecks.

June 30, Saturday (Day 53)

No official events.  

July 1, Sunday (Day 54) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends a ceremony dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Office of Prosecutor General (OPG) of the RA and the Day of Staff of Prosecutor’s Office and gives a speech.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visites the Fatherland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center at the YSMU Heratsi N1 hospital complex. Accompanied by Minister of Healthcare Arsen Torosyan and Yerevan State Medical University Rector Armen Muradyan, Pashinyan tours the Center and expresses gratitude to the soldiers emphasizing that the State will do its utmost to properly appreciate disabled servicemen’s contribution.

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July 2,  Monday (Day 55) 

- Nikol Pashinyan receives family members of military servicemen who were victims of non-combat deaths during their military service. The PM listens to their problems and concerns and underscores that he has no reason to be reluctant to see the criminal cases fully disclosed and assures that all presented cases will be kept in the spotlight: “I know that there are cases that are not disclosed at all, there are cases that are considered to be disclosed but the affected families have specific doubts and are not satisfied with status of investigation. Therefore, I think that we should try to address them again where we have reasonable suspicion that everything is not as it is. I will ask law enforcement authorities to take up these cases and try to achieve results.” 

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- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives the heads of delegations participating in the CIS Interstate Anti-corruption Council’s meeting. Greeting the guests, the Prime Minister stresses the need for developing cooperation between the Prosecutor’s Offices of Armenia and the Commonwealth of Independent States and improving the mechanisms of cooperation. The meeting participants touch upon the prospects of cooperation, as well as the opportunities and directions for the CIS Interstate Council to counteract corruption.

July 3, Tuesday (Day 56) 

- Nikol Pashinyan visits the U.S. Embassy to extend his congratulations to U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills, Embassy staff and the people of the U.S. on the occasion of American Independence Day.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan holds a consultation to discuss the problem of accumulated fines and penalties for agricultural and consumer loans and stresses the importance of effective cooperation with the banking system. Central Bank Chair Artur Javadyan said that all banks that are extending agricultural loans have expressed readiness to forgive the debts accumulated before June 1, 2018 as fines for agricultural loans, which will benefit more than 100,000 citizens. Views are exchanged about the need to increase the effectiveness of lawsuits related to loan disputes.  

  Glendale Mayor Zareh Sinanyan talks to EVN Report's Maria Titizian about the Velvet Revolution, Armenia-Diaspora relations and recent revelations of high-level corruption in Armenia. 

- Nikol Pashinyan receives Glendale Mayor Zareh Sinanyan. He notes that Armenians from Los Angeles and Glendale provided “valuable support during the political processes which took place in Armenia.” 

July 4, Wednesday (Day 57)  

- A Cabinet meeting chaired by the PM approves the Government’s legislative initiative concerning the draft law on amnesty for a number of administrative offenses. He announces that Armenian-made computers will be installed at the government’s conference and session halls.

- The PM attends presentation and launch of the website dedicated to the 100-year history of Armenia’s diplomacy. The Prime Minister also visits the Diplomatic School of the Foreign Ministry to get acquainted with the conditions and the academic process.

- Prime Minister Pashinyan holds a consultation regarding agricultural development and introduction of modern technologies. The meeting discusses opportunities offered by drip irrigation systems, hail-proof nets, increased efficiency of anti-hail stations and other programs. Representatives of the Agriculture Ministry report on ongoing efforts to modernize and develop the sector.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Ambassador of Egypt Tarek Ibrahim Mohammad Maati.  

July 5, Thursday (Day 58)  

- Prime Minister’s Syunik tour kicks off: Nikol Pashinyan meets with residents and community leaders in the towns of Sisian and Goris.

- Nikol Pashinyan visits Meghri Free Economic Zone and tours the site to get acquainted with the infrastructure and activities. He then visits the Meghri customs checkpoint in Syunik regional customs office. The officers brief the Premier on their activities and services. The Prime Minister notices several problems and asks those responsible to address them quickly. Nikol Pashinyan also talks to citizens awaiting clearance of goods at the customs house who expressed satisfaction with the quality of services and noted that the clearance time had been reduced considerably. The Prime Minister also pays a visit to Meghri’s medical center

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The Meghri customs checkpoint in Syunik regional customs office. 

- Later in the day, the Prime Minister meets with residents in the towns of Meghri, Kajaran and Kapan. He then visits the Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine (mine) and the Syunik Food Factory. During his tour of the mine, the Premier was briefed on the plant’s current status and development programs. He was advised that a USD 20 million investment will allow the company to process low-content raw materials. At the Syunik Food Factory, he was advised that fresh investment will allow the plant to launch large-scale production of canned fruit and vegetables creating 300 new jobs.

- The Premier visited N army unit of the Defense Ministry, talked to military servicemen and officers  in a bid to get acquainted with their service and living conditions.

July 6, Friday (Day 59)  

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan leaves Kapan for Jermuk. He travels on board a helicopter together with Levon Galstyan, a representative of the Armenian Environmental Front, and Lydian Armenia CEO Hayk Aloyan and discusses the controversy surrounding the Amulsar mine. He later meets with local residents and environmentalists protesting the exploitation of the Amulsar mine in Kechut. During the meeting, the Premier suggests holding a meeting with protesters and Lydian Armenia representatives, which took place in Jermuk. Prime Minister Pashinyan noted that the mine exploitation process started 12 years ago, and had it been initiated under the current government, he would have rejected the idea of commissioning the mine near Jermuk.

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- The Prime Minister visits TUMO Center for Creative Technologies with TUMO Founder Sam Simonyan and Director Marie Lou Papazian. He talks to students and stresses the critical opportunity for young people to get high-quality professional education. TUMO students ask the PM to go live on Facebook and greet everyone. Later, the PM also goes  live from TUMO.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also met with the leaders of local communities in Vayots Dzor Marz. The Prime Minister advised that based on the proposals by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Development, 10 billion drams will be allocated to communities for infrastructure development, drinking water, irrigation systems, farm machinery and road construction. PM also addressed the residents of Vayots Dzor Marz.

-Prime Minister Pashinyan receives CIS Executive Committee Chairman, Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev and later attends and addresses a gala event dedicated to Creative Armenia’s anniversary.  

July 7, Saturday (Day 59) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and members of his Cabinet visit the Central Bank of Armenia’s (CBA) Educational Center in Dilijan. They were briefed on the findings of a series of CBA-conducted studies, which included economic growth prediction, monetary policy vectors, as well as prospects for financial stability, tax reforms, macroeconomic consequences and public administration reforms.

July 8, Sunday (Day 60) 

- The PM attends the opening of the 15th Golden Apricot International Film Festival; he later watches the Game of Legends between the South American and European veteran football players at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium.

July 9, Monday (Day 61) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives legendary French-Armenian footballer Youri Djorkaeff, world champion (1998) and European champion (2000) for the French national team who took part in the Legends match a day earlier. They discuss the development of Armenian football.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan joined by Defense Minister David Tonoyan visits the Central Assembly Point of the Ministry of Defense. The Premier inspects the facilities, the medical examination procedure and observes the recruits drawing their lots. The Premier later has dinner with the recruits, including his son Ashot Pashinyan, who chose not to draw his lot, but serve in one of Artsakh’s military units. Addressing journalists, the Prime Minister says he is proud that his son is going to serve in the army. Regarding conditions in the military, Pashinyan says: “The General Staff of the Armed Forces has reported to me that there are no problems with supplies, and every necessity will be provided. Here the problem lies in the implementation. We may come across with individual decisions in different army units; those officers short of their professional duties will be held responsible for eventual shortcomings.”

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- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian.  

July 10, Tuesday (Day 62)

- Prime Minister Pashinyan announces that that 20,622 million AMD (over 40 million USD) has been collected in unpaid tax obligations in his government’s ongoing campaign against the shadow economy.

- Hayk Grigoryan is appointed to serve as chair of the Investigative Committee. Pashinyan congratulates Grigoryan on his appointment to this important post, stressing that the reinstatement of legality, the fight against corruption and crime in Armenia are top priorities.

- The Government’s proposed bill “On amending the Tax Code of the Republic of Armenia” is approved. The bill provides for reducing the currently applicable income tax rates to 20 percent for incomes under 500,000 drams a month, and 25 percent - for incomes over 500,000 drams, respectively. Touching upon the aforementioned draft laws, the Premier said that the Government is going to make significant changes to the Tax Code in a bid to improve the economic and investment environment.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a consultation related to the construction of the North-South highway and gave specific instructions to  ensure quality in the further implementation of the project “Roads of dubious quality should not be built under my government, that is the quality of road construction should be guaranteed,” the Premier said.

- Nikol Pashinyan receives renowned scientist Yuri Oganesov of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Oganesov is the research director of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna.
- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan introduces newly appointed Investigative Committee Chairman Hayk Grigoryan to the IC Board. The Prime Minister notes that the Investigative Committee is the largest investigative body of Armenia, therefore, its influence on the criminal-legal situation, the issue of establishing legitimacy, ensuring the inevitability of punishment in the case of a crime is very high. Pashinyan says, “Our task is not to drive people into prison; our task is to enforce the rule of law in Armenia.”

July 11, Wednesday (Day 63) 

- Nikol Pashinyan arrives in Brussels on a working visit.  His first meeting is at the Carnegie Europe Research Center where he talks about the non-violent Velvet Revolution in Armenia and ongoing reforms, introduces his government’s steps aimed at combating corruption, as well as other priorities.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at NATO Headquarters. He emphasized that Armenia highly appreciates the privileged relations with France, which is based on traditional friendship and mutual respect.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission / EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The Prime Minister underscored that the EU has been a reliable partner ever since Armenia’s independence. Nikol Pashinyan noted that the new Armenian government is pursuing a policy of upward democratic development in a bid to ensure the rule of law, protect human rights and build a competitive and business-friendly environment. In this context, the head of the Armenian government stressed the importance of European Union’s advisory and financial assistance for the ongoing democratic reforms in Armenia.
Welcoming Armenia’s peaceful democratic changes, Federica Mogherini pointed to the need for furthering EU-Armenia relations: “You can rely on us on the way to implementing the radical reforms initiated by you, which seek to enforce the rule of law, combat corruption, protect human rights and so on. I am confident that our cooperation is in for a bright future; we stand ready to support the reforms implemented in your country.”

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- Nikol Pashinyan attends dinner given in honor of heads of delegations of NATO partner countries. He is welcomed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

July 12, Thursday (Day 65)

- Nikol Pashinyan meets President of the Republic of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis at NATO Headquarters.

- Prime Minister meets European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. They discuss Armenia-EU relations in the context of democratic transformations in Armenia. Juncker notes that the peaceful and democratic developments in Armenia has inspired them, and expressed readiness to continue supporting the reform process.
Pashinyan makes assurances that moving forward, the EU’s institutional, financial and advisory support will be used more effectively.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan meets with European Council President Donald Tusk at NATO Headquarters. Pashinyan stresses that Armenia’s new government seeks to build on the victory of democratic forces, enforce the rule of law in the country and ensure the independence of the judiciary.

Statement by Nikol Pashinyan at the meeting of Heads of State and Government contributing to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

- Prime Minister Pashinyan holds informal working meetings with leaders of several countries on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels. In particular, the Prime Minister met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev, Slovak President Andrej Kiska and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
- Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau confirmed his participation in the upcoming 17th Summit of La Francophonie in Yerevan and noted that he had happened to stay in Armenia as early as in 1988 with his father, and he had good memories of our country.

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- French President Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras invited Prime Minister Pashinyan to visit their countries. The Prime Minister of Armenia and the NATO Secretary General discussed issues on the agenda of Armenia-NATO cooperation.

July 13, Friday (Day 66) 

- While in Brussels, the Prime Minister meets with the Armenian community and talks about the Velvet Revolution and his hopes that many Armenians living in the Diaspora will return home.

- The PM meets with Belgian-Armenian businessmen engaged in diamond-cutting and other industries. In attendance was the President of the Armenian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce. The Prime Minister briefed them on the Government’s economic priorities, the fight against corruption and steps aimed at improving the business environment.

- Nikol Pashinyan visits the French Embassy in Armenia and congratulates French Ambassador Jonathan Lacote, Embassy staff and the French people on the occasion of Bastille Day.  

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July 14, Saturday (Day 67) 

No official events.  

July 15, Sunday (Day 68) 

- The Prime Minister goes live on Facebook and answers questions posed by citizens. 

July 16, Monday (Day 69) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan holds a consultation dealing with healthcare issues in the country. He notes that their government’s task is to find solutions to ensure that all Armenian citizens receive the necessary medical treatment. “The problem calls for a twofold approach: first, we must achieve cost-efficiency and second, which is a strategic issue, we need to make a transition to the health insurance system so that the State should not have to intervene in individual cases,” he said. “For the next stage at least, we have set the task of providing medical insurance for vulnerable citizens so that they can have access to full or reasonable packages of medical assistance.” Healthcare Minister Arsen Torosyan reported on the services provided by the government.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives a World Bank delegation led by Deborah Wetzel, Senior Director for the Governance Global Practice.

- Nikol Pashinyan receives Petros Terzian, Interim Executive Director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund.

July 17, Tuesday (Day 70) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Syrian Ambassador Mohammad Ahmad Haj Ibrahim. Noting that the Syrian developments in recent years had been followed with great regret in Armenia, the Prime Minister wished that the friendly Syrian people could achieve peace as soon as possible. The Ambassador thanked Armenia for humanitarian assistance.

- Chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, a consultation is held to discuss issues related to the current situation in the vicinity of Lake Sevan, as well as the prospects and opportunities for tourism development. Pashinyan notes that Lake Sevan and the national park are very important not only from an ecological standpoint but also economically. Some of the issues that were raised included problems with infrastructure, improper organization of garbage collection, lack of a uniform beach, the presence of illegal buildings, the discrepancy between the quality of services provided and the actual prices, etc.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a consultation to discuss Armenia’s energy sector. Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Artur Grigoryan reported that the efforts to extend the operations of the second power unit of Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP) are being carried out on schedule. In addition, the ANPP’s ongoing repairs will be completed by August 1, and operations will resume. The importance and necessity of developing nuclear power further in the country was discussed within the framework of energy security.

- Prime Minister Pashinyan attends the official opening ceremony of the statue of Aram Manukyan, considered to the founder of the First Republic of Armenia in 1918.

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At official opening ceremony of the statue of Aram Manukyan in Yerevan. 

July 18, Wednesday (Day 71) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives François Rochebloine, former deputy of the National Assembly of France and Chairman of France-Artsakh friendship group. The Premier expresses gratitude for Rochebloine’s role in strengthening Armenian-French relations and presents him with the passport of the Republic of Armenia, a few days after the French statesman was granted citizenship.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives experts from the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Justice Initiative of the Open Society Foundations. Stressing the importance of implementing systemic reforms in the justice system, the Premier notes that the Armenian government is taking consistent steps in this direction.

July 19, Thursday (Day 72) 

- During a cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Pashinyan reacts to the incident in the Shirak Marz of Armenia when Russian troops stationed in Gyumri, began military exercises without the knowledge or consent of Armenian authorities. The exercises caused panic among the residents of nearby Panik Community. Pashinyan said:  “This is inadmissible. I consider it a provocation against the Armenian-Russian relations and a provocation against the sovereignty of the Republic of Armenia. I think the perpetrators must be held accountable. Of course, we still need to see what procedures should be implemented in order to investigate the incident as we have to clarify the relationships stemming from international treaties and Armenian legislation.”

- Pashinyan next addressed the issue of incomplete loan programs: “During previous discussions, I found out that there are several incomplete credit programs in Armenia. Some of them have not even kicked off, while others have been left unfinished due to third parties’ failure to fulfill their contractual obligations. Nevertheless, Armenia is still making payments under such credit programs.” He instructed relevant ministers to identify and submit a finalized list of such programs to the Office of Prime Minister.

- The Government approved the State Leasing Support Program for the financial lease of agricultural equipment in Armenia, the primary objective of which is to provide farming tools to farmers with affordable terms.
- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Paola Severino, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Corruption.

July 20, Friday (Day 73) 

- Prime Minister Pashinyan attends the opening of a session with top Police brass which discusses issues related to the activities carried out in the first half of 2018. In his speech, the Prime Minister touches upon the problems facing the system, the possibilities for their solution and the importance of implementing the rule of law in the country. 

July 21, Saturday (Day 74) 

No official event.  

July 22, Sunday (Day 75)

No official event.  

July 23, Monday (Day 76) 

- Nikol Pashinyan holds phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two heads of State discuss a number of issues on the agenda of Armenian-Russian relations. Views are exchanged on the development of integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union.

July 24, Tuesday (Day 77) 

- The Government proceeds to draft state budget for 2019. Ministries and other State agencies are submitting proposals regarding the budget. The Premier highlights the need for enhanced efficiency of budget expenditures.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends a gala event dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian General Athletic Union (HMEM).

- The Armenian Prime Minister gives an interview to Al Jazeera.

July 25, Wednesday (Day 78) 

- Nikol Pashinyan attends the graduation ceremony of military education institutions at the Ministry of Defense. Addressing those present, Nikol Pashinyan states, “What does it mean to be an Armenian Army officer? It means selfless service for the Homeland’s protection and security; it means ensuring a peaceful life for our compatriots…I can see our future victories in your eyes, I can see your future victories in your posture and therefore I wish you glorious service in Armenia’s Armed Forces just because we have common goals and a shared future.”

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan holds a consultation to discuss the ongoing preparations for the 17th summit of Francophone States and Governments to be held this fall in Armenia. The Premier reiterates the need for holding the Summit at the highest possible level. The members of the working group led by Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan report to the Prime Minister about the work being done to provide infrastructure and other technical issues. They stressed that the preparations are going on according to the proposed timetable, with appropriate decisions made on all emerging issues. French-speaking volunteers will also be involved to provide for the best possible organization of events.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses the graduation ceremony at Yerevan State Medical University. Graduates take the Hippocratic oath and receive their degrees. 

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“I can see our future victories in your eyes” - Nikol Pashinyan addresses graduates of military educational institutions.  

July 26, Thursday (Day 79) 

- During the government’s cabinet meeting, it was decided to allocate 278,999.5 thousand drams to Marz administrations to help in the development of infrastructures including the repair of kindergartens, cultural centers.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrives in St. Petersburg on a working visit and meets with a large group of Armenian business people.

July 27, Friday (Day 80) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan participated in the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council (EIC) in Saint Petersburg. The Prime Ministers discuss issues related to integration cooperation in economy, customs administration, energy, transport and other spheres. Pashinyan addresses the council.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev on the margins of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in St Petersburg. The parties discuss a number of issues related to Armenian-Russian relations. The two statesmen stress the need for boosting trade turnover, and discuss issues of expanding cooperation in various fields.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visits the Kamsky Garden in St. Petersburg, where he lays flowers at the monument to Komitas and the khachkar (stone-cross) dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The Prime Minister meets members of the Armenian community.

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan with Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev. 

July 28, Saturday (Day 81) 

No official events.  

July 29, Sunday (Day 82) 

- PM Pashinyan holds phone conversation with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The two heads of State discuss bilateral cooperation and development-related issues.  

July 30, Monday (Day 83) 

- Chaired by Prime Minister Pashinyan, a consultation is held to discuss ways of preventing abuses committed by “companies with a dominant market position,” as well as ensuring fair competition. 

July 31, Tuesday (Day 84) 

- In the run-up to the Yerevan Summit, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has a telephone conversation with Secretary General of La Francophonie Michaëlle Jean. The Secretary General and the Prime Minister discuss details of the ongoing preparations for the 17th Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in Yerevan on October, 11-12, 2018.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan hosts a delegation led by Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Welcoming the Italian President to Armenia, the Premier expresses confidence that Mattarella’s visit will help promote and expand the Armenian-Italian relations.

August 1, Wednesday (Day 85) 

- Nikol Pashinyan announces that a rally will take place at Republic Square on August 17 to celebrate the 100 days of the new government 

August 2, Thursday (Day 86) 

- During the government’s cabinet meeting, it was approved that Lentex LLC will receive a VAT deferment for three years. The company is planning to invest AMD 1.98 billion to procure high-quality raw materials. The same privilege will be granted to Hello LLC, which is going to invest AMD 370.8 million in the knitwear sector.

- According to a Government decision, on October 21, 2018, snap elections for community leaders will be held in the towns of Armavir and Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), as well as in Lusashogh community of Ararat Marz. The mayors of these towns resigned amidst corruption scandals.

- The Government established a procedure for surrendering to the Republic of Armenia gifts and presents received by judges,  the cost of which may exceed the prescribed amount.

- Nikol Pashinyan receives delegation led by International Finance Corporation (IFC)  (World Bank Group) Regional Manager Jan van Bilsen. The IFC Regional Manager notes that positive changes in Armenia and the Government’s open and transparent work style has provided good opportunities for the country’s development in general, and the private sector, in particular.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Indian Ambassador Yogeshwar Sangwan. The ambassador highlights the deeply-rooted Armenian-Indian ties, noting that they have great development potential.

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Indian Ambassador Yogeshwar Sangwan. 

August 3, Friday (Day 87) 

- Prime Minister Pashinyan holds a consultation to discuss the status of school buildings and problems related to those educational institutions whose buildings are considered vulnerable in terms of seismic resistance; there are 46 such schools according to the Seismic Safety Improvement Program. USD107 million is envisaged for their rehabilitation and reconstruction. Some of these funds have been committed by the Asian Development Bank, with the balance to be provided by the Government of Armenia. Construction is underway in eight schools, which will be completed in 2019. 

August 4, Saturday (Day 88) 

No official events.  

August 5, Sunday  (Day 89) 

No official events. 

August 6, Monday (Day 90) 

- Chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, a consultation is held to discuss priority issues related to the irrigation season: “The current status of Lake Sevan leads us to state that we must stop treating Sevan as a toy or a container of water. This is absolutely unacceptable: unfortunately, looking upon the Lake as a container of water has long been a feature of State policy in Armenia, and today we can see its adverse consequences. I hope that those present treat the problem from this very perspective.” Officials provide information on the water level in the reservoirs, the amount of water necessary for full coverage of irrigation needs, as well as details concerning the pumping stations of Ranchpar and Mkhchyan.

The meeting next focused on the need to reduce water losses in irrigation systems, control over the operations of hydroelectric power stations and the environmental problems. A working group headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan is tasked to study the issues and prepare relevant proposals. 

August 7, Tuesday (Day 91) 

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has a telephone conversation with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The parties discuss bilateral and multilateral relations, including the activities in the frame of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Armenia Timur Urazayev. In a bid to boost bilateral trade and economic exchanges, the interlocutors noted that the trade turnover was 2.5 times up in the first half of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

August 8, Wednesday (Day 92)

- The Prime Minister holds a consultation to discuss and find ways of addressing challenges in the sphere of forestry management. The Premier notes that illegal logging has been a common practice for many decades now, and a large group of people are engaged in that field. 

August 9, Thursday (Day 93) 

- The Government establishes protocols for procedures and financial support for the families of those servicemen killed (deceased) in combat or during army service. The arrangement includes costs of burial, gravestones, as well as the terms and the amounts of lump-sum allowances provided to former servicemen eligible for disability pensions and to the families of killed (deceased) servicemen. The decision will thereby streamline the process of providing financial support to eligible persons in accordance with the law “On Servicemen’s Status.” Nikol Pashinyan makes a statement on amending the RA law “On compensation of damage caused to servicemen’s life or health during the defense of the Republic of Armenia.”

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“The previous arrangement covered those servicemen who have been killed or disabled after January 1, 2017. We discussed and reviewed the matter with the Defense Ministry and found out that there is an opportunity to take the prescribed date back for two years. Accordingly, the new arrangement will cover the incidents that occurred after January 1, 2015,” the Premier said, noting that the families of those killed during the April war and the war veterans will henceforth be considered as program beneficiaries.

- Prime Minister Pashinyan receives UAE Ambassador Jassim Mohamed Al Qasemi. The Prime Minister stresses the need to develop further relations with the UAE: “We are glad that your country’s business circles are interested in the Armenian market. A business-friendly environment is being shaped in our country, all corruption-driven impediments have been removed, and we will be happy to boost the bilateral economic ties.”

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives a delegation of the Armenian Employers Union (AEU), led by Gagik Makaryan. Stressing the importance of a sustained dialogue between the Government and organizations representing the interests of different layers of society, the Premier says it will give them the opportunity to discuss problems on a regular basis and take note of each other’s views. The meeting focused on improving the country’s business environment, foreign investments, legislative reforms and labor market-related issues. Reference was also made to the tax reform, the opportunities and prospects of construction, civil aviation and public procurements.

August 10, Friday (Day 94)

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visits the northeastern marz of Tavush. He stops at the Berd subsidiary of the Tavush Textile Company. The Premier tours the facility where 520 people are currently employed. The Company exported AMD 2 billion-worth of products to Russia and Georgia last year. The exports are expected to increase by 40-50 percent this year.


- Nikol Pashinyan next visited a livestock farm established with funds from the Himnatavush Development Foundation in Lusadzor community. It has 200 high milk yield cows and various types of French cheese are produced. Most of the output is exported to Russia. The Company representatives say that 800,000 Euros are annually invested in the farm.

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 Prime Minister’s visit to Tavush Marz. 

- Prime Minister Pashinyan attaches importance to the development of light industry and farms in Tavush marz, stressing that the Government is prepared to possibly support the development and expansion of business programs in the region. Highlighting the imperative of producing ecologically clean food products, the Premier said Armenia should boast an image of an eco-country in the international arena.

August 11, Saturday (Day 95) 

- Nikol Pahsinyan meets with residents of Ijevan, Haghartsin and Dilijan where he presents his government’s steps in different sectors and answers a number of questions. The Premier notes that henceforth the role of the Armenian citizen will be decisive in the economic development of the country. “I am sure that henceforth the citizens will not put up with defeats, illegalities, will eye the future with optimism and will not act as petitioners.” Here is the video of his address to the residents of Ijevan.

- Nikol Pashinyan participates in a celebration dedicated to Haghartsin’s 200th anniversary. The Premier congratulates the residents and expresses hope that it will open up a new chapter in Haghartsin’s public life.

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Nikol Pashinyan visits local companies, Tavush medical center in Idjevan and Dilijan.  

- Nikol Pashinyan visits the Ijevan Wine and Brandy Factory. Accompanied by the company’s top executives, the Premier tours the facilities. Pashinyan next visits the newly-constructed Lastiver hotel complex in Yenokavan that was built with USD 2 million-worth investments.
- Then the Prime Minister was hosted in the Dilijan beer factory and later at the Tavush Medical Center in Dilijan that provides proper medical services for residents who now  no longer have to travel to Yerevan for treatment.

- The PM finalizes his visit to the Tavush region in Qarahunj winery in Dilijan.

August 12, Sunday (Day 96) 

No official events.  

August 13, Monday (Day 97) 

No official events.  

August 14, Tuesday  (Day 98) 

- Nikol Pashinyan goes live shortly after former President Rober Kocharian’s press conference is cancelled because of protesters. He says that everyone is equal before the law and calls on Armenians to join him in Republic Square on August 17 to mark the 100th day of his administration. 

August 15, Wednesday  (Day 99) 

- Prime Minister Pashinyan receives Eurasian Development Bank Board Chairman Andrey Belianianov. Pashinyan says the Government is keen to implement new joint investment programs and increase the efficiency of bilateral cooperation. Belianianov says the Bank is set to expand the scope of its activities in Armenia and stands ready to discuss ways of implementing new projects in different directions.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan receives Director General of the South Caucasus Railway CJSC (SCR) Sergey Valko. The meeting focuses on SCR's activities in Armenia, as well as on the development and modernization of transport infrastructures, passenger and cargo transportation, the affordability of services and efficiency enhancement. 

August 16, Thursday  (Day 100) 

- Prior to the government’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Pashinyan makes a statement: “It will soon be 100 days our government has been in office. On this occasion, I would like to state that we have tackled the key problem: we ensured the country’s normal functioning and sustained economic development in the post-revolutionary period. And I think that after the 100-day period, we will usher in a new stage of development, which implies stepping up the process of reforms in order to reinvigorate the country, the economy, and outline clear-cut perspectives and results in the context of budget discussions.
“I hope that the content and energy, accumulated during these 100 days, the results of which will be summed up at tomorrow’s rally due to be held in the Republic Square, will give us the opportunity to address such new challenges as the citizens of the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian nation May set before the Government. And there is no doubt that we will solve those issues efficiently: the final victory of the Armenian people and the Republic of Armenia is inevitable.”


- The Executive decides to shorten the term of office of the Yerevan Council of Elders. Snap City Council elections shall be held on the day announced by the Central Electoral Commission. The decision provides that the Government will earmark money from the Reserve Fund for that purpose. In connection to the upcoming municipal elections, Prime Minister Pashinyan notes, “We are going to hold an important election like this for the first time during our government’s term in office. I hope that all of us realize that the election should be exceptional in terms of legality, transparency and fairness. It is a priority for us to ensure freedom of choice, democracy and legality. I want to emphasize once again that the problems are very clear. No electoral bribe should be handed out in this election, otherwise anyone involved in fraud should be held accountable. Any unlawful influence on the citizens’ freedom of choice should be ruled out, and this is the responsibility of our government.”


- The Government allocates funds (1.43 billion AMD) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of preparations for the 17th Summit of Francophone States and Governments in Armenia. The estimated expenditures may go up as additional costs will be needed for holding the Congress of Francophone Journalists (covering the summit and related events by about 300 other journalists), setting up and commissioning the Francophone Town, the construction and technical equipment of a gala concert platform in the Republic Square, and funding the preparations for the Francophone Economic Forum.
Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan noted: “We are absolutely convinced that the ongoing preparations will ensure the proper conduct of the Summit. I would like to thank all our coordinating partners. We already have a considerable number of participation confirmations. There is tangible progress in terms of content. We are sure to ensure the Summit’s effectiveness in terms of content as we have all the necessary resources and capabilities.”
Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan notes that weekly meetings are being held as part of preparations for the Francophonie Summit. “We are going to host an unprecedented event attended by heads of dozens of countries,” the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

 


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