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“EU in Armenia Club” launched

4 March 2014
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The first meeting of the “EU in Armenia Club” was held on 21-23 February 2014 in Aghveran. The club has been established to encourage the development of a network of influential and knowledgeable alumni. Club activities will include training and networking events for senior officials and distinguished representatives from Armenian society. The training courses have been planned to disseminate reliable information about EU-Armenia relations and cooperation.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, recalled the history of EU-Armenia relations, how they were established, as well as current relations in his opening speech: ‘I would like to reassure you that the EU will remain a committed supporter of reforms in Armenia. Of course, we have taken note of Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union. As a result, Armenia has had to step back from the Association Agreement with the EU agreed in July. That agreement would have allowed a deep and comprehensive free trade area component, and took several years of negotiations’. He went on to say that, while the EU respected the decision of its partner, it would continue to deepen relations with Armenia in compatible areas with commitments assumed under the desired membership of the Customs Union.
The Deputy Minister of Economy, Garegin Melkonyan, talked about EU-Armenia cooperation and trade advantages within the GSP+ project: ‘Almost 6,000 names of products are being imported from Armenia to the EU; clothing accounts for €20 million, fish (mainly crayfish) for € 1.5 million, as well as tobacco, equipment, hardware, jams, beverages, etc. Through the GSP+ project, all of these products are being imported with a 0% custom fee’.
Further topics for discussion by the club included the EU development cooperation in Armenia, overview of the Visa Facilitation and Readmission agreements and Armenia-EU relations.
Club participants include senior officials from the Armenian government and Members of Parliament, leading journalists, representatives of civil society organisations, academic, business and religious circles, youth organisations and students.
On Wednesday 26 February all club participants received certificates stating that they were a “Fellow of the EU in Armenia Club”, which were presented by Ambassador Hristea at the EU Centre.

“EU in Armenia Club” launched

The first meeting of the “EU in Armenia Club” was held on 21-23 February 2014 in Aghveran. The club has been established to encourage the development of a network of influential and knowledgeable alumni. Club activities will include training and networking events for senior officials and distinguished representatives from Armenian society. The training courses have been planned to disseminate reliable information about EU-Armenia relations and cooperation. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, recalled the history of EU-Armenia relations, how they were established, as well as current relations in his opening speech: ‘I would like to reassure you that the EU will remain a committed supporter of reforms in Armenia. Of course, we have taken note of Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union. As a result, Armenia has had to step back from the Association Agreement with the EU agreed in July. That agreement would have allowed a deep and comprehensive free trade area component, and took several years of negotiations’. He went on to say that, while the EU respected the decision of its partner, it would continue to deepen relations with Armenia in compatible areas with commitments assumed under the desired membership of the Customs Union. The Deputy Minister of Economy, Garegin Melkonyan, talked about EU-Armenia cooperation and trade advantages within the GSP+ project: ‘Almost 6,000 names of products are being imported from Armenia to the EU; clothing accounts for €20 million, fish (mainly crayfish) for € 1.5 million, as well as tobacco, equipment, hardware, jams, beverages, etc. Through the GSP+ project, all of these products are being imported with a 0% custom fee’. Further topics for discussion by the club included the EU development cooperation in Armenia, overview of the Visa Facilitation and Readmission agreements and Armenia-EU relations. Club participants include senior officials from the Armenian government and Members of Parliament, leading journalists, representatives of civil society organisations, academic, business and religious circles, youth organisations and students. On Wednesday 26 February all club participants received certificates stating that they were a “Fellow of the EU in Armenia Club”, which were presented by Ambassador Hristea at the EU Centre.