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EU signed fifteen cooperation contracts

22 December 2014
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An official ceremony for the signature of fifteen cooperation contracts took place at the EU Delegation to Armenia. New contracts with a total budget of approximately €10 million will start in various fields of bilateral and regional cooperation – from agriculture and rural development to assistance to civil society and local authorities.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, outlined EU-Armenia cooperation: ‘The EU is Armenia’s largest trading partner in terms of exports and imports: 39% of total export volume from Armenia is to the European Union. The EU is the largest foreign investor in Armenia, with over 50% of overall investments’. He added that in November a further agreement to expand private sector and justice cooperation was signed between the EU and Armenia: ‘Our cooperation involved projects such as issuing biometric passports, reforms to the judiciary system and agriculture, and the implementation of an electronic civil status registry. The private sector, public accounting, food security, and improving local infrastructure are just several examples of the areas of bilateral interest’. Ambassador Hristea noted that poverty reduction and sustainable development were the most crucial aims to be achieved in cooperation with local authorities.
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The new fifteen agreements were signed with local NGOs and CSOs, four of which are aimed at reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. The programmes will foster rural communities and economic development, rural tourism and agriculture in Vayots Dzor, and enhance public services in Jujevan, Baghanis and Voskevan. Another project will promote multi-purpose renewable energy systems and access to renewable and efficient energy in the municipalities of Vayq and Spitak.

The majority of new projects are to be implemented through global and local tenders launched through the “democracy and human rights” instrument and the “Non-governmental actors and local bodies’ development” programme.
Overall, a budget of €10 million will be distributed among contractors, which include the UN Industrial Development Organisation, several Armenian municipalities, Red Cross Austria NGO, the Near East Foundation, the Swedish Support Medical Association, and several local NGOs.

EU signed fifteen cooperation contracts

An official ceremony for the signature of fifteen cooperation contracts took place at the EU Delegation to Armenia. New contracts with a total budget of approximately €10 million will start in various fields of bilateral and regional cooperation – from agriculture and rural development to assistance to civil society and local authorities.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, outlined EU-Armenia cooperation: ‘The EU is Armenia’s largest trading partner in terms of exports and imports: 39% of total export volume from Armenia is to the European Union. The EU is the largest foreign investor in Armenia, with over 50% of overall investments’. He added that in November a further agreement to expand private sector and justice cooperation was signed between the EU and Armenia: ‘Our cooperation involved projects such as issuing biometric passports, reforms to the judiciary system and agriculture, and the implementation of an electronic civil status registry. The private sector, public accounting, food security, and improving local infrastructure are just several examples of the areas of bilateral interest’. Ambassador Hristea noted that poverty reduction and sustainable development were the most crucial aims to be achieved in cooperation with local authorities. 1 The new fifteen agreements were signed with local NGOs and CSOs, four of which are aimed at reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. The programmes will foster rural communities and economic development, rural tourism and agriculture in Vayots Dzor, and enhance public services in Jujevan, Baghanis and Voskevan. Another project will promote multi-purpose renewable energy systems and access to renewable and efficient energy in the municipalities of Vayq and Spitak.

The majority of new projects are to be implemented through global and local tenders launched through the “democracy and human rights” instrument and the “Non-governmental actors and local bodies’ development” programme. Overall, a budget of €10 million will be distributed among contractors, which include the UN Industrial Development Organisation, several Armenian municipalities, Red Cross Austria NGO, the Near East Foundation, the Swedish Support Medical Association, and several local NGOs.