The town of Vayk, together with Habitat for Humanity Armenia, celebrated the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week on 19 June 2015.22 June
The EU Delegation to Armenia and the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture have issued a joint statement on current activities being undertaken in the “Producer group and value chains development” programme.11 June
“Women’s Entrepreneurship Week” is taking place in Yerevan from 8 to 11 June 2015, organised by the Armenian Young Women’s Association (AYWA).10 June
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...