The EU Delegation to Armenia invited many officials from the Armenian Government, international organisations, embassies and NGO’s to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.23 May
talian artist Fabio Zanino visited Armenia to feature in the Europe Day celebrations in 2015 and to share his experience with Armenians.22 May
The EU Delegation to Armenia has a history of inviting interesting guests to Armenia to give masterclasses in conjunction with Europe Day celebrations.21 May
All the photographers who participated in the workshops received certificates from Ambassador Hristea.19 May
Perspectives for the standing committee
On 18 July a meeting of the Standing Committee on European Integration was organised at the Armenian National Assembly (NA), dedicated to the vision and perspectives for the future work of the Committee. The meeting was opened by Naira Zohrabyan, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on European Integration, and Dirk Lorenz, Head of Political, Economic, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia. Zohrabyan noted the importance of cooperation with the EU in fields such as the fight against corruption, human rights protection, democracy and freedom of speech: ‘Armenia will face serious obstacles in these sectors without EU support and without dialogue between Armenia and the EU and the European Community’. Lorenz pointed out that such meetings were important in order to improve the activities of the committee, adding that Armenia could significantly benefit from communicating with similar committees in EU member countries. Ilmar Solims, EU Advisory Group Adviser on EU Approximation and Governance, expanded on this theme, speaking on the EU integration experiences of similar committees functioning in EU member states in greater detail. He also presented his policy paper, entitled “On Improving the Role and Fu...
Civil society and national policy dialogue
On 26 May the launch event for the “Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project took place in the “Picasso” hall of the Best Western Congress hotel in Yerevan. Country Director of Oxfam Armenia Margarita Hakobyan opened the meeting by presenting an overview of Oxfam Armenia and its ongoing activities. She briefly outlined the concept of the project, which is to increase the capacity of NGOs and civil society organisations (CSOs) in policy making. Within the framework of the project, Oxfam will cooperate with the Armenian government, particularly the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, and Labour and Social Affairs. Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan highlighted the importance of sustainable and constructive dialogue with civil society for the government: ‘In recent years we have strengthened our cooperation with several NGOs, for instance “The Agricultural Alliance”. This collaboration gives us an opportunity to provide spaces for all involved parties to express themselves and better understand the needs of society’. He added that cooperation with CSOs was very high on the government’s agenda and informed that the new EU-funded support to Agriculture and Rural Development wi...
Multi-faceted anti-corruption promotion
On 25 March 2014 the opening ceremony of the “Multi-faced Anti-Corruption Promotion” project took place in the Picasso Hall of the Best Western Congress Hotel in Yerevan. The project is to be carried out by the “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO, with the support from the European Union. The main goal of the project is to raise awareness and improve the role of civil society and media in promoting anti-corruption reforms. Within the framework of the project, training sessions for media and civil society organisations (CSOs) will be organised throughout Armenia. Traian Hristea, the Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, pointed out in his speech that the project would focus on strengthening of the capacity of CSOs and the media to undertake anti-corruption monitoring, well as promote anti-corruption reforms through both criticism and direct participation: ‘Corruption within the public sector remains one of the world’s biggest challenges. It is also a large issue in Armenia. According to the 2013 Corruption Perception Index 2013, Armenia is ranked 94th out of 175 countries and territories’. The project should create sustainable dialogue between CSOs and the Government to strengthen anti-corruption mechanisms. The EU is commi...