Europe Day 2011 | EUNewsletter

Europe Day 2011

3 August 2011

Europe Day 2011 ArmeniaOn 21 May Armenia celebrated Europe Day. Commemorating the occasion on which Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister back in 1950, first proposed the concept which evolved into today’s European Union, Europe Day is one of the main EU symbols.
“Today we celebrate the European Union birthday. We began fifty years ago with six members, and today we have 27 states, building together responsibilities and policies. Europe is a good example of cooperation and integration. Europe is also an example of reforms, which bring prosperity and peace. Today Europe helps Armenia build its future”, said the Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Raul de Luzenberger, on the occasion of Europe Day.
For the fifth year in a row, the EU Delegation to Armenia organised a number of events to note this symbol of the European Union. The main celebrations for the public were held on 21 May. The day started with an Information Fair, during which achievements of Armenia-EU cooperation were presented by nearly 30 local and international organisations. Guests were introduced to EU funded projects in the sphere of human rights, democracy, economy, wildlife preservation, education and other areas. Participating projects included the EU Advisory Group, ENPI FLEG, Tempus and many others.
Youth was drawn to the event as well. “I have always thought about continuing my education in European educational establishments. Now my determination is more resolute”, said 20-year-old Naira at the Erasmus Mundus educational tent. According to Raul de Luzenberger, some of the best results are being achieved by EU programmes implemented in the sphere of education: “Educational level of Armenian students is that of European students, and Armenians can study easily in Europe”.

Winner of the Europe Day contest - Lusine KirakosyanThe results of the youth video contest entitled “My Europe in 120 Seconds”, which had been announced by the EU Delegation to Armenia in connection with Europe Day, were also announced during the day. The contest was aimed at revealing how young people perceive Europe and how they creatively express their thoughts about EU-Armenia cooperation. Lusine Kirakosyan, whose video won the competition, received an Apple iPad.
Through the cultural activities guests had numerous opportunities to experience Europe. Starting from practicing Greek and Scottish dances, participating in a Polish wycinanki handicrafts workshop or enjoying a short theatrical play in French performed by Armenian children, Lovers’ Park had turned into an interactive presentation of Europe. The conclusion of the celebrations was a joint concert with a fusion of Balkan, Armenian and Italian folk music.
The EU Delegation also held its traditional gala concert to mark Europe Day in Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall on 28 June.

Europe Day 2011

Europe Day 2011 ArmeniaOn 21 May Armenia celebrated Europe Day. Commemorating the occasion on which Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister back in 1950, first proposed the concept which evolved into today’s European Union, Europe Day is one of the main EU symbols. "Today we celebrate the European Union birthday. We began fifty years ago with six members, and today we have 27 states, building together responsibilities and policies. Europe is a good example of cooperation and integration. Europe is also an example of reforms, which bring prosperity and peace. Today Europe helps Armenia build its future", said the Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Raul de Luzenberger, on the occasion of Europe Day. For the fifth year in a row, the EU Delegation to Armenia organised a number of events to note this symbol of the European Union. The main celebrations for the public were held on 21 May. The day started with an Information Fair, during which achievements of Armenia-EU cooperation were presented by nearly 30 local and international organisations. Guests were introduced to EU funded projects in the sphere of human rights, democracy, economy, wildlife preservation, education and other areas. Participating projects included the EU Advisory Group, ENPI FLEG, Tempus and many others. Youth was drawn to the event as well. "I have always thought about continuing my education in European educational establishments. Now my determination is more resolute", said 20-year-old Naira at the Erasmus Mundus educational tent. According to Raul de Luzenberger, some of the best results are being achieved by EU programmes implemented in the sphere of education: "Educational level of Armenian students is that of European students, and Armenians can study easily in Europe". Winner of the Europe Day contest - Lusine KirakosyanThe results of the youth video contest entitled "My Europe in 120 Seconds", which had been announced by the EU Delegation to Armenia in connection with Europe Day, were also announced during the day. The contest was aimed at revealing how young people perceive Europe and how they creatively express their thoughts about EU-Armenia cooperation. Lusine Kirakosyan, whose video won the competition, received an Apple iPad. Through the cultural activities guests had numerous opportunities to experience Europe. Starting from practicing Greek and Scottish dances, participating in a Polish wycinanki handicrafts workshop or enjoying a short theatrical play in French performed by Armenian children, Lovers' Park had turned into an interactive presentation of Europe. The conclusion of the celebrations was a joint concert with a fusion of Balkan, Armenian and Italian folk music. The EU Delegation also held its traditional gala concert to mark Europe Day in Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Hall on 28 June. [gallery link="file"]