In 1988, the earthquake of Spitak revealed many issues related to civil protection (CP) system in Armenia and became the main impetus of radical reorganization of that system and creating of Emergency Management Administration of Government of Armenia.
In 1991 the Emergency Management Administration was set up, and Stepan Badalyan was appointed the Head of EMA. The CP headquarter with its all units, which was acting in Armenia from 1961, in the end of 1991 has been put under the Emergency Management Administration. The Administration, in contrast to the narrow frame of the civil protection activities in the past, accepted new, wide approach to the organization of the whole system from conceptual, professional and legal point of view, based on the possible occurence of large-scale disasters and accidents, their classification and risk assessment.
Based on the decision N 359 of RA Government from 1997 September 4, rapid response rescue team was set up, which main tasks were.
-Rescue operations in disaster zone, as well as assistance provision to the population in case of emergency accidents in the shortest time,
- recovery works in case of disasters and accidents.
In 1994, Armenia became a full member of the International Civil Defence Organization.
In 1997, EMA was removed from the structure of the Government and was renamed as Emergency Management Administration under Government, RA.
In July, 1997, Major-General Vyacheslav Harutyunyan was appointed the Head of EMA.
In February, 2001, Major-General Hmayak Haroyan was appointed the Head of EMA.
In March, 2004, Major-General Edik Barseghyan was appointed the Head of EMA.
In December, 2005, the Emergency Management Administration was renamed as Armenian Rescue Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration, RA.
In 2008, by the Decision of RA President, the Ministry of Emergency Situations was established, and Mher Shahgeldyan was appointed the Minister of Emergency Situations, RA.
The newly established Ministry has included the Rescue Service, National Service of Seismic Protection, Hydrometeorological Service, State Reserves Agency and National Center of Technical Safety.
In March, 2010, Armen Eritsyan was appointed the Minister of ES.
The first Minister of the Territorial Administration was appointed in 1995 by the RA Presidential Decree of July 25. During years the name of the position of the Ministers coordinating this sphere has often changed based on their authorities.
- RA Presidential Decree of July 25, 1995 - Minister of Territorial Administration, RA
- RA Presidential Decree of November 8, 1996 - Minister of Territorial Administration, RA
- RA Presidential Decree of July 17, 1998 - Minister of Territorial Administration and Operative Issues, RA
- RA Presidential Decree of June 6, 1999 - Minister of Territorial Administration, RA
- RA Presidential Decree of February 28, 2000 - Coordinating Minister of Territorial Administration and Urban Development, RA
- RA Presidential Decree of January 15, 2001 - Minister of Territorial Administratio, RA
- RA Presidential Decree of January 31, 2002 - Coordinating Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures, RA
Ministry of Territorial Administration was established in 2005 by the Decree of RA President NH-74N of April 27. By the RA Presidential Decree of June 8, 2007 the Minister of Territorial Administration was entrusted with responsibilities of the Deputy Prime Minister, RA.
During years the system of territorial administration was managed by:
Rubik Barseghyan - 26.06.1995-8.11.1996
Galust Gamazyan - 8.11.1996 - 6.02.1998
Gagik Martirosyan (an acting Minister) - 17.02.1998-20.04.1998
David Zadoyan - 20.04.1998-15.06.1999
Khosrov Harutyunyan - 15.06.1999-28.02.2000
Leonid Hakobyan - 28.02.2000-18.12.2000
Hovik Abrahamyan - 18.12.2000-21.04.2008
Armen Gevorgyan - 21.04.2008-17.10.2014.
On December 1, 2014, Ministry of Emergency Situations, RA, was reorganised and united with the Ministry of Territorial Administration, RA, by Presidential Decree, RA. By another Presidential Decree, RA, on December 1, 2014 Armen Eritsyan was appointed the Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, RA.