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A new project supporting fair elections in Armenia

1 March 2012

The European Union and the OSCE launched a joint project which would support Armenia to conduct elections in line with international standards. The project worth €1,700,000, is financed by the EU and implemented by the OSCE.
During a press conference held on 19 January 2012 the Head of the EU Delegation, Traian Hristea, and the Deputy Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Carel Hofstra, highlighted details concerning the project. The elections will play an important role in the future development of EU-Armenia relations. “Holding free and fair elections in Armenia will be one of the key factors for determining sizes and forms of the EU ‘more-for-more’ principle announced within the Warsaw Summit of the Eastern Partnership”, stated Traian Hristea. The Ambassador pointed out that this was the first time the EU had financed such a programme in Armenia.
The project foresees the strengthening of civil society skills, human rights protection, technical and professional capacities of election commissions, general technical capacities, knowledge and skills of police officers, and the raising of public awareness regarding electoral rights and procedures.
In order to achieve these objectives, the OSCE is planning to conduct training programmes for observers throughout Armenia, to prepare widely available social information and booklets, and to organise training for journalists. Resources will be provided to establish six regional Human Rights Defender offices. Funding will also be allocated for monitoring activities during the pre-electoral campaign, as well as after the election.

A new project supporting fair elections in Armenia

The European Union and the OSCE launched a joint project which would support Armenia to conduct elections in line with international standards. The project worth €1,700,000, is financed by the EU and implemented by the OSCE. During a press conference held on 19 January 2012 the Head of the EU Delegation, Traian Hristea, and the Deputy Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Carel Hofstra, highlighted details concerning the project. The elections will play an important role in the future development of EU-Armenia relations. “Holding free and fair elections in Armenia will be one of the key factors for determining sizes and forms of the EU ‘more-for-more’ principle announced within the Warsaw Summit of the Eastern Partnership”, stated Traian Hristea. The Ambassador pointed out that this was the first time the EU had financed such a programme in Armenia. The project foresees the strengthening of civil society skills, human rights protection, technical and professional capacities of election commissions, general technical capacities, knowledge and skills of police officers, and the raising of public awareness regarding electoral rights and procedures. In order to achieve these objectives, the OSCE is planning to conduct training programmes for observers throughout Armenia, to prepare widely available social information and booklets, and to organise training for journalists. Resources will be provided to establish six regional Human Rights Defender offices. Funding will also be allocated for monitoring activities during the pre-electoral campaign, as well as after the election.