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16Dec
EU for energy in Armenia
EU for energy in Armenia

On 30 November, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin participated in the closing ceremony of the EU-funded “Access to Renewable and Efficient Energy in Municipalities Vayk and Spitak” project, implemented by Habitat Armenia in partnership with Spitak and Vayk Municipalities. 

16Dec
Press conference on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of EU-Armenia CEPA
Press conference on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of EU-Armenia CEPA

On the initiative of the EU Delegation to Armenia and the Government of the Republic of Armenia, a joint press conference was organised on 26 November to mark the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Luc Devigne, the Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia and OSCE ...

3Dec
Children take action for better future
Children take action for better future

On 20 November, onWorld Children's Day, the EU Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia Lusine Araqelyan and the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Janna Andreasyan participated participated in the #TakeAction Ideathon at Vanadzor Technol...

3Dec
Human Rights in Closed Institutions
Human Rights in Closed Institutions

On 15 November, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin participated in the “Challenges and Reform: Human Rights in Closed Institutions” Conference, which was organised within the framework of the EU-supported “A Public Glimpse into a Closed World: Increasing Awareness on the Human Rights Situation in Closed Institutions” project. The Conferen...

14Nov
The EU-supported IRIS Business Incubator will enhance the economic integration of Syrian Armenians
The EU-supported IRIS Business Incubator will enhance the economic integration of Syrian Armenians

On 6 November, the newly established IRIS Business Incubator was launched through the EU-funded “Increased Resilience of Syrian Armenians and Host Population” (IRIS) programme. It was co-funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation and the Austrian Red Cross, and implemented by Armenian Caritas and the SME Cooperation Association.  With an overal...

11Nov
EU-Armenia Strategic Policy Dialogue on Armenia’s Justice Reform Strategy
EU-Armenia Strategic Policy Dialogue on Armenia’s Justice Reform Strategy

On 4 October, the 2nd meeting of EU-Armenia Strategic Policy Dialogue on Armenia’s justice reform strategy took place with participation of the delegation led by Vassilis Maragos, the Head of the European Commission's DG NEAR Unit responsible for Armenia, who paid a two-day working visit to Armenia, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin and ...

28Oct
EU projects in Armenia available online
EU projects in Armenia available online

The whole spectrum of the EU-Armenia partnership and cooperation, including EU-supported projects implemented in various sectors and beneficiary stories, are now available online. The EU4Armenia.am platform was officially launched on 10 October.

15Oct
New Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia
New Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia

The EU Delegation to Armenia has a new Ambassador. German diplomat Andrea Wiktorin, who was the Ambassador of Germany to Armenia from 2007-2009, is the new Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia. Before her nomination as Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Wiktorin was the Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus.

15Oct
Arts and entertainment in Amberd
Arts and entertainment in Amberd

On 28 September, the official opening of European Heritage Days 2019 took place in at Amberd fortress, Aragatsotn marz, organised by the EU Delegation to Armenia jointly with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport of the Republic of Armenia. The theme of this year was “Arts and Entertainment”. The EU Ambassador to Armenia, Andrea Wi...

8Oct
Deputy Director-General Katarína Mathernová visits Armenia
Deputy Director-General Katarína Mathernová visits Armenia

On 19 September the European Commission's Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Katarína Mathernová  visited Armenia on a two-day working visit, during which Eastern Partnership (EaP) Post-2020 Consultations took place in Yerevan. The Deputy Director-General Mathernová, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin,...

26Sep
EU supports tourism development in Syunik marz
EU supports tourism development in Syunik marz

On 24 August, the new Legends Trail was opened, which connects Goris with Kapan in Syunik marz. The new trail has been mapped and marked by the "EU4Tourism: Outdoor adventures on the historic trails in Syunik" project. The opening event allowed guests to test 5km of the trail, which took them through a new ‘magic’ forest. The Legends Trail is a hik...

30Jul
Ambassador Piotr Świtalski’s farewell press conference
Ambassador Piotr Świtalski’s farewell press conference

On 22 July, the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski gave a press conference on EU-Armenia relations and the completion of his diplomatic mission in Armenia.

25Jul
EU-funded project closes in Gyumri
EU-funded project closes in Gyumri

The closing ceremony of the "First Inclusive Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri" project, which was co-funded by the European Union, Caritas Austria, and the Austrian Development Agency, was held on 19 July in Gyumri. EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski, Governor of Shirak marz Tigran Petrosyan, Gyumri Mayor Samvel Balasanyan, Caritas Austria Pr...

25Jul
Wool-Processing Factory Opens in Amasia
Wool-Processing Factory Opens in Amasia

On 19 July the Amasia wool-processing factory, supported by the European Union, began operations. The factory was established within the framework of the “EU4Shirak: Wool for Jobs” project. The EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski, RA Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures Vache Terteryan, and the Governor of Shirak m...

23Jul
The visit of the President of the European Council to Armenia
The visit of the President of the European Council to Armenia

On 10 July, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk was in Armenia on a regional visit. The EC President met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, and later visited Sevanavank and Noratus cemetery in Gegharkunik marz. The meeting with the Prime Minist...

17Jul
Conclusion of a PRDP project
Conclusion of a PRDP project

On 21 June in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019 the closing event of the EU-funded ‘Integrated Support for Sustainable Economic Development in Rural Mountainous Areas of Armenia’ PRDP project took place in Geghamasar, Gegharkunik marz. The event explored project outcomes such as the opening of a new biogas plant and greenhouse. R...

8Jul
1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant in Vayots Dzor
1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant in Vayots Dzor

On 18 June a ground-breaking ceremony took place in Gladzor, Vayots Dzor marz. This was the opening of 1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant, built through the EU-funded “Arevadzor – Enhancing SME Competitiveness through Promotion and Wider Use of Sustainable Innovative Technologies” PRDP project. The event was one of many EU initiatives on en...

8Jul
New platform for electronic requests
New platform for electronic requests

On 10 June the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia and the Armenian government gave presentations on efficiencies in electronic governance tools and perspectives of the development of e-governance in Armenia. The presentations were given at a meeting entitled ‘Introduction of Electronic Instruments to Promote Transparency and Openness of Pu...

6Jun
Europe Day 2019 reaches Yerevan for final celebrations
Europe Day 2019 reaches Yerevan for final celebrations

This year, Europe Day activities were held under the theme "Road to Europe". Kapan, Yeghegnadzor, Ijevan, Dilijan and Gyumri celebrated Europe Day from 11 May. Yerevan hosted the final Europe Day 2019 celebrations. On 21 May, the EU Delegation to Armenia and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra had a Europe Day concert, during which Ludwig van Bee...

30May
Europe Day celebrations in Tavush and Shirak marzes
Europe Day celebrations in Tavush and Shirak marzes

Europe Day celebrations in Armenian marzes have come to an end. Ijevan hosted celebrations on 17 May, Dilijan on 18 May, and Gyumri on 19 May. These days were a festival for hundreds of Tavush and Shirak residents, encompassing music, dances, competitions, hospitality, and gifts. This year, people could learn about the achievements of beneficiaries...

20May
Europe Day celebrations in the south of Armenia
Europe Day celebrations in the south of Armenia

This year Europe Day celebrations are taking place in 5 Armenian cities and in Yerevan. The first regional open-air celebration was held in Kapan on 11 May under the "Road to Europe" theme. The celebration started at Garegin Nzhdeh Square, where the EU Ambassador to Armenia, Piotr Świtalski, and Kapan Mayor Gevorg Parsyan welcomed and congratulated...

20May
Facility for producing construction materials from plastic waste opened in Kapan
Facility for producing construction materials from plastic waste opened in Kapan

On 11 May, the EU Ambassador, Piotr Świtalski, participated in the opening of a facility that produces construction materials from plastic waste in Kapan. The facility was opened through the EU-funded “Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste” (IES) Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP) project, which was launched in 2016.

6May
The first in a series of eight projects on PRDP concludes
The first in a series of eight projects on PRDP concludes

On 30 April the EU technically reported the end of the 'Dilijan and Adjacent Communities Development Initiative' PRDP project. The project has been implemented by the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation, DIS Properties Charity Foundation, the Dilijan Municipality, and Dilijan National Park. It was funded by the European Union a...

10Apr
Online school for parents
Online school for parents

On 14 March "Havat" hard hearing children’s mothers’ NGOpresented the‘Online school for parents’ project. The project was funded through a sub-grant under the European Union's ‘BRIDGE for CSOs’ programme. This three-year programme, launched in December 2016, is being funded by the European Union and implemented by the Armenian General Benevolent Un...

10Apr
Winter sports for children with disabilities
Winter sports for children with disabilities

On 23 March, EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski inaugurated the EU-funded “Pilot initiative to promote inclusive approaches to engaging children with disabilities in society”. The event took place at Ashotsk Ski Centre, established within the frames another EU-funded project in the beginning of this year. The EU is strongly committed to promoting inclus...

10Apr
Support to SME Development in Armenia
Support to SME Development in Armenia

On 15 March the EU Delegation to Armenia organised an informational visit to innovative companies and start-ups which have received technical and financial support through the "Support to SME Development in Armenia" (SMEDA) project to get acquainted with the results achieved through the EU support. The visit was attended by the EU Ambassador to Arm...

5Apr
EU supports a STEM ecosystem in Armenia
EU supports a STEM ecosystem in Armenia

On 19 March the European, in partnership with the Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies, launched the EU TUMO Convergence Centre for Engineering and Applied Science. This is a state-of-the-art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ecosystem for young adults in Armenia. The European Union has granted €12.5 million for the project. ...

1Apr
EU for Digital Regional Initiative
EU for Digital Regional Initiative

On 7 March the official launch of the EU-funded EU4Digital regional initiative took place in Yerevan. The Vice-president of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, the EU Ambassador, Piotr Świtalski, and the Armenian Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies, Hakob Arshakyan, gav...

29Mar
EU Ambassador’s press conference
EU Ambassador’s press conference

On 26 February EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski gave a press conference about EU-Armenia relations: “We started the year very intensively and we are going to continue our high-level meetings and events. Our bilateral relationships are developing constructively, and the dynamics and energy of this relationship are great.

22Mar
EU support to Armenia’s agriculture
EU support to Armenia’s agriculture

The European Union supports agriculture as one of the main sectors of the Armenian economy contributing about 18% to the GDP and providing about 36% of the labour force. Agriculture and rural development are among the cornerstones of the broader sustainability agenda in Armenia - as it is stated in the current Armenia Development Strategy 2014 – 20...

20Mar
10 Coalitions of CSOs gather for the Common Network of Cooperation
10 Coalitions of CSOs gather for the Common Network of Cooperation

On 16 February, as part of the EU-funded ‘Commitment to Constructive Dialogue (CCD)’ project, 10 civil society organisation (CSO) coalitions with a combined membership of 250 organisations signed a declaration of cooperation aimed at establishing the ‘Constructive Dialogue Network of Armenian CSOs’.The declaration is open to all CSO coalitions....

20Mar
Universal Rights Award Ceremony 2018
Universal Rights Award Ceremony 2018

On 20 February, the representatives of the European Union, the United Nations, the Embassies of the U.S., the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Sweden, the Council of Europe in Armenia honored individuals working to promote human rights, freedom of expression, diversity, democracy, transparency, legal reform and equal ri...

28Feb
High-quality educational resources in the Armenian language
High-quality educational resources in the Armenian language

In the framework of the ‘EU4Youth: SAY YES — Skills for Jobs’ project, which is being co-financed by the European Union, World Vision Armenia (co-financer and implementer of the project) and the Ayb Foundation, and Khan Academy Armenia, is creating and translating free, high-quality educational resources in the Armenian language to support the prof...

21Feb
YES Armenia programme concludes results
YES Armenia programme concludes results

On 30 January the YES Armenia programme officially finished. Launched in December 2017, the programme offered 21 young professionals a unique opportunity and challenge to work in different ministries and government agencies to deliver tangible results. Almost half of the selected experts were from the Armenian Diaspora, who brought their skills and...

21Feb
Making Pavers from Plastic Trash for The Clean Future in The Cities
Making Pavers from Plastic Trash for The Clean Future in The Cities

Just imagine for a moment that you are walking through trash, mostly bottles and other fragments of plastic. Not a pleasant picture, indeed, isn’t it? And what about leaving that scene and starting to imagine clean streets paved with blocks made from that trash? “It is possible,” you would say, ”But not in Armenia in the coming several yea...

15Feb
Johannes Hahn’s visit to Armenia
Johannes Hahn’s visit to Armenia

On 29 January Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for EU Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, visited Armenia. During the visit the EU Commissioner met with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. During the meetings, the parties discussed EU-Armenia relations, EU...

7Feb
Ashotsk Ski Centre: sport and tourism development
Ashotsk Ski Centre: sport and tourism development

On 26 January, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski and representatives of the Armenian government participated in the opening of the Ashotsk Ski Centre in Shirak marz. It is the first of three EU-funded demonstration initiatives from the "Citizens' voice and action in consolidated communities of Armenia" project.

31Jan
Low-cost furniture for low- and middle-income families
Low-cost furniture for low- and middle-income families

Low- and middle-income families in Armenia can barely find energy-efficient construction materials, furniture, or appliances at affordable prices. To address these issues with the funding support from the European Union Habitat for Humanity Armenia Foundation has been implementing the “Restoring Living Conditions in Armenia” project since December ...

23Jan
Changing Professional Field: from Unemployed to Computer Scientist
Changing Professional Field: from Unemployed to Computer Scientist

Violinists, doctors, managers, people from all crossroads of life participate in “Boosting Technological Development in Shirak Marz” project - an EU-funded initiative implemented by Microsoft Innovation Centre aimed at meeting the demand of local IT companies by training the unemployed youth of Shirak to become junior developers. Of the 80 students...

21Jan
A wool-processing factory is being established in Shirak marz
A wool-processing factory is being established in Shirak marz

With EU support, an entire value-chain development approach for woollen products is being restored in Amasia (Shirak marz) and the surrounding 8 communities. The “EU4 Shirak: Wool for jobs” project is being implemented by People in Need – Armenia (PIN) in cooperation with Women's Development "Resource Centre" Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and...

26Dec
The European Union for Yenokavan
The European Union for Yenokavan

The European Union provides technical assistance and expertise to the elaboration of the spatial master plan for the Yenokavan Municipality in Tavush marz. Spatial planning has an important role in balanced and sustainable regional development policy as it ensures appropriate usage of the territory for economic and social purposes while preserving ...

24Dec
Commitment to Constructive Dialogue
Commitment to Constructive Dialogue

Two important events took place in the scope of the EU-funded “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” project during the month December. On 19 December an event dedicated to the International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) was organised. Armenia's Anti-Corruption Strategy 2019-2022 was discussed during the first part of the event. The 3rd Conferenc...

20Dec
Developing and marketing crafts tourism in Dilijan
Developing and marketing crafts tourism in Dilijan

On 8 December, an Arts and Crafts Centre was opened in Dilijan, followed by the official opening of the Dilijan Winter Bazaar. From now on, artisans and craftsmen from Dilijan and adjacent communities can take advantage of the opportunities the centre opens to create interesting items and souvenirs. The centre was established as part of the “Dilija...

14Dec
Armenia hosted the European Film Festival 2018
Armenia hosted the European Film Festival 2018

The European Year of Cultural Heritage in Armenia was marked by a major event – the European Film Festival 2018. This enabled Armenian audiences to watch films produced in European countries over the past 2 years. The official opening of the festival was held at Moscow Cinema on 17 November with the screening of the British film “Colette”. Armenia ...

13Dec
Discussions on Possibilities to Introduce Transitional Justice Mechanisms into Armenia
Discussions on Possibilities to Introduce Transitional Justice Mechanisms into Armenia

On 28 November the civil society-government forum “The Possibilities of Introducing Mechanisms of Transitional Justice in the Republic of Armenia in the Light of International Experience” was held. The forum was organised by the Armenian Lawyers’ Association in cooperation with the Armenian government as part of the EU-funded “Commitment to Constru...

29Nov
EU support to the electoral cycle in Armenia
EU support to the electoral cycle in Armenia

On 21 November, the EU Ambassador to Armenia,Piotr Świtalski and representatives of three civil society organisations signed three new grant contracts. The EU allocated €850,000 for new projects on and around 9 December related to snap elections preparations and monitoring in Armenia. The projects are financed through the European Initiative for Hu...

27Nov
ENPARD sums up its results in Armenia
ENPARD sums up its results in Armenia

The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) sums up its achievements and results. Three closing events have been held: the first one was held on 8 November in Gyumri, Shirak marz, the second one on 13 November in Yerevan and the third one on 20 November in Bambakashat and Nalbandyan communities, Armavir marz....

16Nov
EU support to agricultural development in Armenia
EU support to agricultural development in Armenia

On 30 October, the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski visited Vayots Dzor marz to meet Armenian farmers and witness the results of EU sub-grant projects first-hand. The European Union has supported Armenian farmers for many years through the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and the Organic Agriculture Suppo...

6Nov
Youth of Gyumri prove their talent in IT sector
Youth of Gyumri prove their talent in IT sector

Many young people from Gyumri (Shirak marz) see their future in information technologies (IT) sector and Gyumri Technology Centre (GTC) is exactly what they seek. GTC is an inspiring example for different Armenian marzes. In October 2017 an IT incubation laboratory was opened in the centre as part of the “Boosting Technological Developments in Shir...

1Nov
Frontiers in Chemistry
Frontiers in Chemistry

On 22 October, the "Frontiers in Chemistry" (ArmChemFront2018) international conference was launched in Armenia. With the support of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Groningen University in partnership with Yerevan State University, organised this large-scale scientific conference on a variety of topics in the field of chemistry, selecting...

24Oct
Waste sorting in Kapan
Waste sorting in Kapan

Armenia has not yet fully implemented the waste sorting policy. According to a study conducted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2016, plastic containers, bottles and bags are the main polluters of water in Armenia. 5000 tonnes of polyethylene waste are collected in the country each year. Based on the average data...

11Oct
EUNIC cluster opens in Armenia
EUNIC cluster opens in Armenia

On 2 October the “European Union National Institutes of Culture” (EUNIC) cluster opened in Armenia. During the event, the official EUNIC Charter was signed by the eight founding members, which was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between EUNIC Armenia and the European Union Delegation to Armenia. EUNIC is a global network of...

2Oct
Yerevan hosted “Rural life and traditions” festival
Yerevan hosted “Rural life and traditions” festival

On 15 September, the annual “Rural life and traditions” festival was held in Yerevan for the fifth time. The importance of the harvest festival, the achievements of recent years, and anticipated events were presented. The European Union played a key role in the establishment of the festival. The EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agricu...

25Sep
EU funds the First Inclusive Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri
EU funds the First Inclusive Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri

On 14 September, “Aregak” bakery and coffee shop opened its doors, the product of the “First Inclusive Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri” project. Co-financed by the European Union, the Austrian Development Cooperation, and Caritas Austria, the project has been implemented by the Emili Aregak Centre of Armenian Caritas.

10Sep
European Union supports new enterprises in Vanadzor, Stepanavan and Alaverdi
European Union supports new enterprises in Vanadzor, Stepanavan and Alaverdi

On 2 September four new enterprises were officially opened in Vanadzor, Stepanavan and Alaverdi (Lori marz) through the support of the European Union. All enterprises started activities as part of the “Boosting competitiveness of regional SMEs” project. This is being implemented by the SME Development National Centre of Armenia and its partners....

27Aug
First Tourist Information Centre Opened in Dilijan
First Tourist Information Centre Opened in Dilijan

On 17 August, the first Tourist Information Centre (TIC) was opened in Dilijan, Tavush marz, as part of the “Dilijan and Adjacent Communities Development Initiative” project. The project is implemented by the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation, DIS Properties Charity Foundation, the Dilijan Municipality, and Dilijan National P...

3Aug
High-level visit to Armenia by the European Commission
High-level visit to Armenia by the European Commission

Katarína Mathernová, the Deputy Director General (DDG) for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commissionvisited Armenia from 19-21 July. The visit was an important milestone in the EU-Armenia relations as it was the first high-level visit by the European Commission to the country since the new Government took office.

31Jul
Ambassador Świtalski’s Press Conference
Ambassador Świtalski’s Press Conference

On 16 July, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, gave a press conference, during which the EU-Armenia relations were discussed.

24Jul
“Bed & Bread” Rural Tourism Festival
“Bed & Bread” Rural Tourism Festival

On 14 July, some houses in Urtsadzor (Ararat marz) were transformed into small, hospitable dining halls and cafés, as the community hosted the "Bed & Bread" Rural Tourism Festival. The aim of the festival was to develop rural tourism and community economies, as well as create additional sources of income for rural population. Visitors of the festiv...

11Jul
Integrated Support for Sustainable Economic Development
Integrated Support for Sustainable Economic Development

“Shen” NGO has been implementing "Integrated Support for Sustainable Economic Development in Rural Mountainous Areas of Armenia” in cooperation with 6 partners from Gegharkunik and Syunik marzes since December 2016. The total budget of the two-year project is €1,340,995, for which the EU contribution is €900,000.

15Jun
Sustainable energy week in Armenia
Sustainable energy week in Armenia

The European Union attaches importance to and supports sustainable energy in Armenia. Developing renewable energy, particularly solar energy, is crucial for enhancing energy security and independence, solving communities’ energy sustainability and environmental issues, and increasing energy efficiency to transition to “green cities”. 4-8 June marke...

14Jun
Europe Day 2018 reaches its final stop
Europe Day 2018 reaches its final stop

On 2 June the last Europe Day celebrations took place in Yerevan after being held in 6 Armenian cities. This year, Europe Day celebrations were held under the motto "Europe is here". For the first time in the history of Europe Day celebrations in Armenia, the EU Delegation held a musical contest in which participants had to design an anthem for thi...

6Jun
Cultural highlight of Europe Day celebrations
Cultural highlight of Europe Day celebrations

On May 29 an opera concert was performed at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre for Europe Day 2018. The concert was organised by the EU Delegation to Armenia together with the A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre. Prior to the concert, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, and the Dir...

1Jun
Peace and unity in Kapan and Yegehegnadzor
Peace and unity in Kapan and Yegehegnadzor

On 26 May Kapan celebrated Europe Day in the sun. People gathered under the values of peace and unity on Garegin Nzhdeh Square for music, dance, theatre, and prizes. Before the start of the celebrations, a presentation on the “Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste” (IES) project was made. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Am...

25May
European Union promotes wool production in Armenia
European Union promotes wool production in Armenia

On 20 May the “EU4Shirak: Wool for Jobs” project was officially launched in Amasia, Shirak marz. The project is financed through the Pilot Regional Development Programme. The launch event was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, the Armenian Minister of Agriculture, Arthur Khachatryan, and the Armenian M...

23May
Europe Day Celebrations in Northern Armenia
Europe Day Celebrations in Northern Armenia

On 19 May Vanadzor was ready to host Europe Day celebrations. On Hayk Square people of different ages gathered to enjoy the many activities on offer. European cultural diversity was presented through shadow theatre, mini-shows on different European countries, delicious dishes, competitions, and surprise gifts. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armen...

17May
Ijevan and Hrazdan host pan-European holiday
Ijevan and Hrazdan host pan-European holiday

On 12 May Ijevan hosted Europe Day celebrations for the first time, where residents of Tavush marz were able to participate in different activities. In Fountain Square people were able to learn about EU-funded projects in Europe and Armenia, about projects’ achievements, enjoy good music and dance, participate in various competitions, and win surpr...

16May
Europe Day celebrations begin in Armenia
Europe Day celebrations begin in Armenia

Every year Europe celebrates Europe Day: the celebration of peace and unity. 9 May marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman deceleration’.On 11 May 2018, Europe Day celebrations in Armenia were officially launched. In the morning, Armenia’s President, Armen Sarkissian visited the office of the European Union in Armenia. The President congra...

26Apr
Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities
Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities

On 13 April the “EU4Civil Society: Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities” project was officially launched. The Armenian National Social Housing Association (ASBA), together with partners from Holland, Germany, and Czech Republic, will implement the project to address energy poverty in rural communities by increasing awareness, improving energy ...

26Apr
Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities
Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities

On 13 April the “EU4Civil Society: Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities” project was officially launched. The Armenian National Social Housing Association (ASBA), together with partners from Holland, Germany, and Czech Republic, will implement the project to address energy poverty in rural communities by increasing awareness, improving energy ...

29Mar
New EU-funded Projects for Armenian Youth
New EU-funded Projects for Armenian Youth

On 20 March four new projects were launched through the EU-funded EU4Youth initiative. The projects will focus on increasing employment opportunities and employability of young people across the country, providing young people with new skills, training courses, work experience, and opportunities for entrepreneurship.These new projects were launched...

26Mar
Matching Education and Labour Needs
Matching Education and Labour Needs

On 19 March the last information session on the new call for proposals for “Vocational education and training – business partnerships on work-based learning and apprenticeships” announced by the European Union Delegation to Armenia in Gyumri. The aim of the session was to support potential applicants and to familiarise them with the topic and appli...

21Mar
EU Support to SME Development in Armenia
EU Support to SME Development in Armenia

On 14 March a press conference was organised to announce the second cycle of the “Innovation Matching Grants – Business Development Support for Innovative Technology Start-ups” grant competition under the "Support to SME Development in Armenia" (SMEDA) project. This competition is open to tech companies (e.g. engineering, cleantech, biotech, advanc...

6Mar
Innovative business environment in Sevan with the EU support
Innovative business environment in Sevan with the EU support

The city of Sevan has received a grant through the “Mayors for Economic Growth” (M4EG) multiannual initiative. The city of Sevan, in Gegharkunik marz, joined the EU’s M4EG initiative in 2017 and was recognized as the first and still the only winning city in Armenia as a result of the announced call.

5Mar
Pursuing Positive Change through Empowering Civil Society
Pursuing Positive Change through Empowering Civil Society

On 27 February the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, participated in the launch event of the “EU4HumanRights: Pursuing Positive Change through Empowering Civil Society” project. The Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – Armenia (OSIAFA), the Institute of Public Policy, and the Union of Informed Citizenswill ...

22Feb
Community Resilience in Armenia
Community Resilience in Armenia

On 20 February the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski participated in the Community Resilience Forum in Yerevan, along with regional and community government representatives and development programme officers. Topics covered during the forum included how to strengthen community resilience; the results of the incorporat...

14Feb
New E-Tools for Better Governance
New E-Tools for Better Governance

On 9 February, Armenia’s Ministry of Justice presented two new e-tools developed with EU assistance. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, and Armenia’s Minister of Justice, Davit Harutyunyan, participated in and spoke at the “E-Participation Tools in the Ministry of Justice" presentation event.

5Feb
National Selection Conference of EYP Armenia
National Selection Conference of EYP Armenia

On 25-28 January the 5th National Selection Conference of European Youth Parliament (EYP) Armenia took place in Gyumri, Shirak marz, as part of the “Democratic Citizenship: Obtaining, Developing, Empowering” (DECODE) project. More than 100 participants gathered from all over Armenia and Europe to discuss various topics in their respective committee...

24Jan
Continued EU Support to Armenian Civil Society
Continued EU Support to Armenian Civil Society

Armenian civil society has received €1.74 million from the EU for new activities.On 19 December the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski publicised new grant agreements. This confirms European Union’s continuing support for Armenian civil society to promote active citizenship and protect human rights.

28Dec
Universal Rights Award Ceremony 2017
Universal Rights Award Ceremony 2017

On 11 December Matenadaran in Yerevan hosted the Universal Rights Award Ceremony. This ceremony has existed since 2012, and was the first initiative of the international community to highlight the contributions of Armenia’s civil and political rights activists, government officials, media and civil society representatives to promoting human rights....

19Dec
Tales of Neto
Tales of Neto

“Tales of Neto” is already available to download for free on the App Store (goo.gl/skuRfJ) and Google Play (goo.gl/zGLnE8). On 12 December the Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, launched the anti-corruption game at the Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies.

14Dec
EU Helps to Reduce Poverty in Ararat Marz
EU Helps to Reduce Poverty in Ararat Marz

On 9 December, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, paid a working visit to Ararat marz, where he met with the Mayor of Artashat, Karen Beniaminyan.

12Dec
A Greener and Cleaner Yerevan
A Greener and Cleaner Yerevan

1 December marked the end of a two-day working visit to Armenia made by the European Investment Bank's (EIB) Vice President, Vazil Hudak. Two new agreements with Armenian counterparts were signed.

11Dec
YES Armenia Begins
YES Armenia Begins

On 5 December the Young Experts Scheme Armenia (YES) project officially began. 21 young professionals aged 25-35 have been selected from more than 300 candidates to be enrolled in a one-year project. Almost half of the selected experts are from the Armenian Diaspora, who will bring their skills and expertise.

7Dec
Ambassador Świtalski on the new EU-Armenia Agreement
Ambassador Świtalski on the new EU-Armenia Agreement

On 24 November in Brussels, Belgium, the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit took place to mark the achievements of the last two years of the EU's relationships with its six Eastern partners.The 5th EaP Summit was long awaited by participants.

1Dec
Campaign against Gender-based Violence
Campaign against Gender-based Violence

On 27 November the campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” (GBV) was officially launched in Matenadaran, Yerevan, to raise public awareness of and hold different events on GBV across Armenia. The campaign takes place from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (Human Rights ...

29Nov
Empowering Regions through High-Tech
Empowering Regions through High-Tech

On 17 November Gyumri hosted the two-day “Empowering Regions through High Tech” conference. The conference was organised by the Enterprise Incubator Foundation and Gyumri Technology Centre in partnership with the Armenian government, Shirak Governor, Gyumri Municipality, and the “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) project.

22Nov
Social Enterprises to Promote Employment of Young People with Disabilities
Social Enterprises to Promote Employment of Young People with Disabilities

On 15 November, a social enterprise that is running a refrigeration unit was officially opened at Yerevan State College #2 through the EU-funded and Save the Children-implemented “Social Innovations for the Vocational Education and Employability of Young People with Disabilities” (SIVEE) project.

14Nov
The European Union is Unlocking Armenia’s Energy Efficiency Potential
The European Union is Unlocking Armenia’s Energy Efficiency Potential

On 8 November the EU Delegation to Armenia, in cooperation with the EU4Energy Programme implemented by the Energy Charter Secretariat held a conference on “Unlocking the Energy Efficiency Potential in Armenia”. Energy efficiency is very high in the Armenian Government's list of priorities; the aim of the conference was to generate dialogue on this ...

2Nov
90 New Workplaces in Shirak marz
90 New Workplaces in Shirak marz

On 25 October the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, was in Gyumri, Shirak marz, on a working visit. In the morning the Ambassador met the Governor of Shirak, Arthur Khachatryan.

25Oct
Marathon on Wheels
Marathon on Wheels

On 20 October the Yerevan-Etchmiadzin Marathon for people with disabilities took place. 122 participants (including 7 children and 44 girls and women) started the race in the morning at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall and ran all the way to Etchmiadzin, where they were hosted by Father Mkrtich Karapetyan of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The He...

18Oct
EU has launched a New Programme
EU has launched a New Programme

On 11 October the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, made a working visit to town Armavir, Armavir marz. In the morning the Ambassador met with the Governor of Armavir marz, Ashot Ghahramanyan, and the Mayor of Armavir, Ruben Khlghatyan, to discuss bilateral cooperation.

17Oct
EU Enhances Armenia’s Connectivity
EU Enhances Armenia’s Connectivity

A new border-crossing point (BCP) in Bavra (Shirak marz) will now offer Armenian citizens many advantages: simplified procedures, reduced waiting times, modern infrastructure, equipment, and improved security. It will enhance Armenia’s regional connectivity by promoting international trade, transit and tourism.

16Oct
Strategic Thinking: YES Armenia
Strategic Thinking: YES Armenia

On 4 October the organisers of the Young Experts Scheme (YES) Armenia introduced their programme to the public. YES Armenia offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to contribute to Armenia’s development by bringing new dynamics, energy and modernisation to the civil service. 20 young people of Armenian citizenship and from the Armenian ...

11Oct
EU Commissioner Hahn Visited Armenia
EU Commissioner Hahn Visited Armenia

On 2 October Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, visited Armenia to prepare for the Eastern Partnership Summit on 24 November in Brussels, Belgium. Commissioner In the morning, Commissioner Hahn met with representatives of civil society and discussed EU-Armenia relations, the new EU-Armeni...

5Oct
European Heritage Days 2017 in Armenia
European Heritage Days 2017 in Armenia

On 30 September the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, the Armenian Minister of Culture, Armen Amiryan, and the Armenian Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Khachik Hakobyan officially launched European Heritage Days 2017 in Armenia. The official opening ceremony was held in Lori marz at the "Sochut Dendropark" and "Lori...

5Oct
Roundtables on Civil Society Day in Armenia
Roundtables on Civil Society Day in Armenia

On 29 September the EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Arsen Karamyan, and the Armenian Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Tadevos Avetisyan, the campaign of four roundtables devoted to Civil Society Day in Armenia was summed up. This awareness raising campaign was organise...

3Oct
STRONG CSOs for a Stronger Armenia
STRONG CSOs for a Stronger Armenia

On 25 September the official contract signing ceremony for winning grants under the small grants scheme of the “STRONG CSOs for a Stronger Armenia” project took place. 17 winning projects received funding, exceeding €900,000 (projects could receive up to €60,000). These projects will be implemented by 46 civil society organisation (CSO) partnership...

27Sep
Public Financial Management in the South Caucasus
Public Financial Management in the South Caucasus

On 19 September the EU co-funded and GIZ-implemented “Strengthening the Independence, Effectiveness and Transparency of the Armenian External Audit system” project came to an end. A meeting was held to both conclude this project, which ran from 2014-2017, and kick off the new “Public Financial Management in the South Caucasus” programme, which will...

23Sep
“Where does Europe End?” Essay Competition
“Where does Europe End?” Essay Competition

On 14 September, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, announced the winners of the nationwide non-academicessay competition "Where does Europe end?". He presented prizes to the winner Meri Telunts and runner-up Artur Barseghyan. Telunts received an Armtab and Barseghyan got the opportunity to participate in an Erasm...

23Sep
Harvest Festival: Rural Life and Traditions
Harvest Festival: Rural Life and Traditions

On 16 September, cooperatives from the ENPARD project and farmers from the OASI project had the opportunity to present their products, including cheese, buckwheat, broccoli, organic asparagus, berries, and tea during the fourth “Harvest Festival: Rural Life and Traditions” in English Park, Yerevan.