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23Jun
Conference on Electoral Developments in Armenia
Conference on Electoral Developments in Armenia

On 15 June, the Council of Europe organised the “Electoral Developments in Armenia: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” conference as part of the “Long-term election related stakeholders of Armenia” project. This project is funded by the European Union and Council of Europe Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) in the Eastern Partnership Countries...

31May
European Parliament AFET Delegation visited Armenia
European Parliament AFET Delegation visited Armenia

On 24 May the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee delegation, led by its Chair David McAllister (EPP, DE), arrived in Armenia as part of a regional tour to the South Caucasus. After landing in Armenia, the 8 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) first went to Tsitsernakaberd, laid a wreath at the Genocide Memorial, and visited the A...

7Oct
Better border crossings between Armenia and Iran
Better border crossings between Armenia and Iran

Integrated border management is vital for the expansion of Armenia’s economic, trade, and cultural ties with the countries of the region.

10Mar
HR/VP Mogherini’s visit to Armenia
HR/VP Mogherini’s visit to Armenia

On 1 March 2016, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC Federica Mogherini visited Armenia for the first time.

10Feb
Long-term electoral assistance for Armenia
Long-term electoral assistance for Armenia

On 5th February 2016 the European Union (EU) Delegation to Armenia and the Council of Europe launched a new joint project on “Long-term electoral assistance to the election-related stakeholders of Armenia”.

20Nov
ENP review
ENP review

The European Commission and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined the major points European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) review

23Jul
Donald Tusk visited Armenia
Donald Tusk visited Armenia

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, arrived in Armenia on a regional visit on 20 July, 2015.

26May
“Caucasus-2014” International Conference
“Caucasus-2014” International Conference

The “Caucasus-2014” international annual conference, the thirteenth of its kind, was organised by the Caucasus Institute and held on 26 May 2015 in Yerevan.

30Mar
ENP Country Progress Report 2014 – Armenia
ENP Country Progress Report 2014 – Armenia

The EU announced on 25 March 2015 its assessment on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) publishing Progress Reports for 16 partner countries, including Armenia.

23Jul
Perspectives for the standing committee
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, Econo...

3Jun
Civil society and national policy dialogue
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 ...

28Mar
Multi-faceted anti-corruption promotion
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 ...

27Mar
Women to promote local democracy
Women to promote local democracy

The first Community of Practice workshop of the EU-funded “Women in Local Democracy” project was held on 14 March 2014. The workshop was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration (MTA). It brought together around 60 female community leaders, representatives of reg...

18Mar
CSOs and media against corruption
CSOs and media against corruption

On 11 March 2014, in Gyumri an awareness-raising seminar on anti-corruption efforts was held within the framework of the EU-funded “Multi-faced anti-corruption promotion” project . The aim of the event was to present representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media from Shirak and Aragatsotn regions with the project’s main strate...

13Jan
EU-Armenia dialogue after Vilnius
EU-Armenia dialogue after Vilnius

On 12-13 December, the EU-supported “European Integration 2013: EU-Armenia Relations Perspective after the EaP Vilnius Summit” two-day conference was held in Yerevan, in which Armenian officials, diplomats, and representatives from international, non-governmental organisations and civil society participated. The aim of the conference was to discuss...

9Jan
Further cooperation between the EU and Armenia
Further cooperation between the EU and Armenia

On 6 November the EU Advisory Group held its fourteenth regular Board Meeting, co-chaired by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and Artur Baghdasaryan, Secretary of the National Security Council. The meeting was attended by United Nations Development Programme representatives, ambassadors of EU Member States and t...

27Nov
Third Eastern Partnership summit Vilnius, 28-29
Third Eastern Partnership summit Vilnius, 28-29

The third Eastern Partnership summit will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 28-29 November 2013. It will bring together heads of state or government from the 28 EU member states with those of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. www.consilium.europa.eu

6Sep
Official reply of the European Union
Official reply of the European Union

In response to a number of requests to comment on the article published by www.news.am (http://news.am/eng/news/169932.html), please find below the official reply of the European Union. "The claims about any suspension are not true. In the light of the recent decision of Armenia we will, naturally, need to review those programmes which are directl...

28Jul
Heading towards the Vilnius Summit
Heading towards the Vilnius Summit

On the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle visited Armenia on 10 July 2013. Füle met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, representatives from the ministries for E...

13May
Evaluation of the EU Advisory Group project in Armenia
Evaluation of the EU Advisory Group project in Armenia

A public presentation of findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Phase III of the EU Advisory Group (EUAG) to Armenia was held on 15 March 2013. The presentation was welcomed by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, who thanked experts for their research: 'The role of the EUAG is to support stra...

5Apr
A Memorandum for Circular Migration
A Memorandum for Circular Migration

First Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia, Araik Petrosyan, and the Director of the People in Need Office in Armenia, Sarah Carrade, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 March 2013 as part of a new EU funded project on migration. The EU Delegation to Armenia hosted the MoU event. Traian Hristea, the Head of the Del...

24Dec
President of the European Commission in Armenia
President of the European Commission in Armenia

On 1 December the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso arrived in Armenia. He met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, as well as other Armenian officials, civil society and students. He highlighted progress in bilateral relations and recent achievements. ‘We are building a strong relationship based on political associatio...

23Oct
EU promotes democratic elections in Armenia
EU promotes democratic elections in Armenia

The interim results of a joint project of the European Union and OSCE, aimed at supporting democratic general elections in Armenia in 2012 and 2013, were presented on 22 October in Yerevan. During a press conference, the Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrei So...

13Jun
Integration into EU Political Families
Integration into EU Political Families

Deeper political integration between the national parties of Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and EU political families is encouraged by the European Union. The advantages and risks of this process were discussed during a presentation of a case analysis on “Eastern Partner Countries’ National Parties’ Integration into EU Political Families”, hos...

23Mar
Monitoring the media ahead of elections
Monitoring the media ahead of elections

In early January 2012 the EU launched a joint project, worth €1,700,000, to support democratic elections in Armenia. One of the components of the project was to conduct Media monitoring of pre-election campaign, which was carried out by the Yerevan Press Club and other institutions. Permanent monitoring was focused on the 13 political parties and ...

16Mar
The EU Supports Democratic Elections
The EU Supports Democratic Elections

In January 2012 the EU started a €1.7m project to support free and fair elections in Armenia. One of the main project components – reinforcing the Human Rights Defender's office – was launched on 15 March 2012 through the signing of an implementation agreement between Andrey Sorokin, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, and Karen Andreasyan, the Arm...

1Dec
On the path towards European rapprochement
On the path towards European rapprochement

On 26 October the 7th round of negotiations on the Association Agreement took place in Yerevan. During this round of political dialogue, foreign policy, security and freedom, as well as economic and financial issues, were discussed. At the press conference held on 27 October at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the chief Armenian negotiator, Zohrab ...

1Dec
Catherine Ashton visits Armenia
Catherine Ashton visits Armenia

On 15-17 November the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton paid regional visits to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. During the briefing held in Yerevan on 17 November Catherine Ashton welcomed the European integration process implemented in Armenia. According to the HRVP, despite the cr...

3Oct
Philippe Lefort: “The South Caucasus is an important region for the EU”
Philippe Lefort: “The South Caucasus is an important region for the EU”

On 7 September the EUSR for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, Philippe Lefort visited Armenia. Lefort started his duties on 1 September and came to Yerevan as a part of his first visit to the region. During a press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, Lefort mentioned that the South Caucasus had great potentia...

3Aug
Stefan Fule in Armenia: ongoing reforms discussed
Stefan Fule in Armenia: ongoing reforms discussed

Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, was on an official visit to Armenia on 29 April to discuss and review ongoing reforms in the country and steps undertaken towards it. During the meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, the parties touched upon the topics on the European Neig...

3Aug
EP President Jerzy Buzek in Yerevan
EP President Jerzy Buzek in Yerevan

The President of the European Parliament (EP), Jerzy Buzek visited Armenia on 18 May 2011. During a joint press conference with the Chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia, Hovik Abrahamyan, Buzek expressed optimism about the present level of cooperation between Armenia and the EU: "The citizens of Armenia and the EU are living in a common hom...

25Dec
On the way to the Association Agreement
On the way to the Association Agreement

The third plenary round of the negotiations on the EU-Armenia Association Agreement took place in Yerevan on 15 December. The delegation representing the European side was chaired by the chief negotiator Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, the Director of the Directorate for Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asian Republics, Directorate General for Ex...

25Dec
Memorandum of understanding
Memorandum of understanding

On 26 November the EU and Armenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Framework Document on the Comprehensive Institution Building Programme (CIB). The Memorandum was signed by the National Coordinator of the Programme, Minister of Economy Nerses Yeritsyan and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Raul de Luzenberger. “With this signatur...

16Sep
Bronislaw Komorowski was elected as president as a result of early presidential elections in Poland
Bronislaw Komorowski was elected as president as a result of early presidential elections in Poland

On 4 August 2010 Bronislaw Komorowski, member of the “Civil Platform” party, ruling from early 2007, was elected as president as a result of early presidential elections in Poland, with 53% of the vote. Komorowski’s opponent at the second round of the elections who got 47% of the vote was Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the late president Lech ...

16Sep
Negotiations on Association Agreement with the EU launched
Negotiations on Association Agreement with the EU launched

The first round of negotiations on an Association Agreement between the EU and Armenia started on 19 July in Yerevan. The main objective of the Association Agreement is to achieve closer political and economic association between the EU and Armenia. “This is ambitious and ambition needs time to get things right. We want to get a good agreement with...

16Jul
Ashton has expressed concern about the loss of momentum in the process of normalisation of Armenian-Turkish relations
Ashton has expressed concern about the loss of momentum in the process of normalisation of Armenian-Turkish relations

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has expressed concern about the loss of momentum in the process of normalisation of Armenian-Turkish relations. “The EU reiterates its call to both countries to continue their dialogue and remain committed to the process of normalisation without preconditions and in a r...

16Jul
7 million EAST-INVEST Eastern Partnership/SME Facility
7 million EAST-INVEST Eastern Partnership/SME Facility

The European Commission has re-launched its call for proposals for a € 7 million new regional investment and trade facilitation project EAST-INVEST Eastern Partnership/SME Facility (Reference: EuropeAid/129289/ C/ACT/Multi). It is open to the countries involved in the Eastern Partnership, namely Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ge...

23Apr
Eight EUSRs Have Had Their Mandates Extended
Eight EUSRs Have Had Their Mandates Extended

Eight EU Special Representatives (EUSRs) have had their mandates extended from March 1 to August31, 2010. The EUSRs, among whom is EUSR for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby, promote EU policies and interests in troubled regions and countries and play an active role in efforts to consolidate peace, stability and the rule of law. http://www.enpi-i...

23Apr
The New European Commission
The New European Commission

On February 9 the European Parliament appointed the new European Commission, which will stay in office until October 31, 2014. According to the EP President, Jerzy Buzek, “This is the first time in our history that we are appointing the European Commission in our capacity as a real co-legislator. This is the dawn of a new decade, with a new way of ...