Preliminary discussions on the draft law on the RA State Budget 2020

On November 1, at a joint meeting of the NA Standing Committees on Health and Social Affairs and the NA Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Issues, Narek Zeynalyan and Mane Tandilyan discussed the issues of healthcare, employment, social and budgetary areas of the draft bill on the RA State Budget until 2020.

According to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia Arsen Torosyan, by 2020, 109 billion drams or 1.5% of GDP are envisaged in the sector. 27.1 billion drams will be allocated for the implementation of the Public Health Program, 4.3 billion for emergency care and 3.3 billion for pharmaceutical products. Funds for a number of projects have increased.

The system of evening calls will be introduced in the clinic. The goal is to unload the ambulance.

Modern medical facilities will be built in the Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor regions.

In 2020, regional hospitals will be modernized and equipped with the latest equipment. It was noted that the range of basic services provided includes health care for people and the public, improving public health, disease prevention, early detection and quality medical care.

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Zaruhi Batoyan said that 495.5 billion drams will be allocated for the sector. The minimum pension will increase from 25.5 thousand to 26.5 thousand drams. The lump-sum allowance for the birth of a second child will be 300,000 drams instead of 150,000.

Extreme poverty will decrease as a result of increased targeting. In the field of employment, structural changes are planned. Nursing homes will be renovated and housing conditions will be improved.

Citizens will not be deprived of the benefits of seasonal agricultural work. Families in a socially disadvantaged situation will receive educational, medical and other support.

According to the minister, the country’s demographic strategy will be ready in December.

On the same day, at the joint sitting of the NA Standing Committees on European Integration and the NA Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Issues, the financial allocations and programs of the European Union were discussed by Arman Egoyan and Mane Tandilian.

Armenian Minister of Finance Atom Dzhandzhugazyan noted that the European family plans to allocate 78.8 billion drams to our country, of which 43 billion are loan funds. 17 grant and 10 loan programs will be implemented. He emphasized the importance of targeted and efficient use of funds.

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan touched upon Armenia-EU cooperation. He emphasized the importance of developing and expanding relations with the EU. According to the minister, 16 European countries have already ratified the Comprehensive and Enhanced Agreement between Armenia and the EU. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan says that there are no political problems with ratification of the agreement by other countries. The problem is procedural.

Discussions on visa liberalization with EU countries were recognized as important. The minister also said that Armenia is represented in 60 countries of the world. In this context, the importance of ensuring the continuity of professionalism in the field of diplomacy was emphasized.

On the same day, at the joint meeting of the NA Standing Committee on External Relations and the NA Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Issues, the draft law “On the State Budget of the Republic of Armenia for 2020” was discussed by Ruben Rubinyan and Mane Tandilyan.

Presenting the financial indicators that will be allocated to the sectors, RA Minister of Finance Atom Dzhandzhugazyan noted that in 2020 the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will receive about 15 billion 342 million drams. According to the minister, it is planned to implement 5 programs.

10.7 billion drams were allocated for the organization and implementation of the activities of the RA diplomatic service in foreign countries.

About 1.9 billion drams were allocated for the development and implementation of government foreign policy. Membership fees for international organizations will amount to about 2.4 billion drams, and protocol services – 181 million drams.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan presented the programs and priority areas that should be implemented by his ministry.

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