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EU support to the Diplomatic School of Armenia

29 July 2013
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A new EU-funded project toprovidesupport to capacity and institution building withinthe Diplomatic School of Armenia has beenlaunched. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Eduard Nalbandyan, together with the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, welcomed this initiative during a reception hosted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on 1 July 2013.
The project will provide practical support to the activities and sustainability of the Diplomatic School and give advice on how to develop a strategy for the institution’s future. The launch of this project marked the start of the Comprehensive Institution Building programme agreed between the EU and the Armenian government.
‘This project has been developed by the European Union with each Eastern Partnership partner country in order to accelerate the partner country’s reform process. Comprehensive institution building will assist a number of core institutions in Armeniawhichare central in laying the foundations for and in implementing future agreements between the EU and Armenia,’ said Hristea. He added that,overthe next two years,a €900,000 funding budgetwould bring together a team of advisers, coordinators and trainers from the EU and non-EU countries, who would offer different theoretical and practical trainingcourses for future Armenian diplomats on the subjects of European affairs and diplomacy.

Part of the project will bededicated to assisting the school todevelop mid-career training for diplomats. International trainers will team up with high-level Armenian experts.

‘Three years after its opening, the school has grown into a reputable institution offering high quality professional education to students who have joined the diplomatic service of Armenia. About 8 dozen young professionals have graduated from the diplomatic school, 41 out of whom are currently working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The launch of this project is the vivid acknowledgment by our international partners of the achievements of the diplomatic school,’ said Nalbandyan.

Nalbandyan went on to say that nothing succeeds more than success, explaining that once oneenjoyed initialsuccess one would thenhave more resources and confidence inyour partners and friends. He thanked Ambassador Vahe Gabrielyan, the school’s Director, for his efforts.

The Diplomatic School of Armenia was established in 2010 to train future and serving diplomats, as well as staff of government agencies working inexternal relationsdepartments. The School has successfully fulfilled that role in recent years with direct support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international donors, including the EU and OSCE. Every year there is strong competition for the 27 available places.

EU support to the Diplomatic School of Armenia

A new EU-funded project toprovidesupport to capacity and institution building withinthe Diplomatic School of Armenia has beenlaunched. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Eduard Nalbandyan, together with the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, welcomed this initiative during a reception hosted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on 1 July 2013. The project will provide practical support to the activities and sustainability of the Diplomatic School and give advice on how to develop a strategy for the institution’s future. The launch of this project marked the start of the Comprehensive Institution Building programme agreed between the EU and the Armenian government. ‘This project has been developed by the European Union with each Eastern Partnership partner country in order to accelerate the partner country’s reform process. Comprehensive institution building will assist a number of core institutions in Armeniawhichare central in laying the foundations for and in implementing future agreements between the EU and Armenia,’ said Hristea. He added that,overthe next two years,a €900,000 funding budgetwould bring together a team of advisers, coordinators and trainers from the EU and non-EU countries, who would offer different theoretical and practical trainingcourses for future Armenian diplomats on the subjects of European affairs and diplomacy. Part of the project will bededicated to assisting the school todevelop mid-career training for diplomats. International trainers will team up with high-level Armenian experts. ‘Three years after its opening, the school has grown into a reputable institution offering high quality professional education to students who have joined the diplomatic service of Armenia. About 8 dozen young professionals have graduated from the diplomatic school, 41 out of whom are currently working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The launch of this project is the vivid acknowledgment by our international partners of the achievements of the diplomatic school,’ said Nalbandyan. Nalbandyan went on to say that nothing succeeds more than success, explaining that once oneenjoyed initialsuccess one would thenhave more resources and confidence inyour partners and friends. He thanked Ambassador Vahe Gabrielyan, the school’s Director, for his efforts. The Diplomatic School of Armenia was established in 2010 to train future and serving diplomats, as well as staff of government agencies working inexternal relationsdepartments. The School has successfully fulfilled that role in recent years with direct support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international donors, including the EU and OSCE. Every year there is strong competition for the 27 available places.