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Europe Day 2014: Roundtable Discussion with Ambassadors

26 May 2014
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On 24 May, a roundtable discussion with EU member states Ambassadors was organised for interested public, including the students of universities, at the Opera house. Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea held a welcoming speech to open the discussion. He gave the background on Europe Day and Schuman declaration that served as a foundation for the European Union. Besides, he highlighted the importance of the EU enlargement that took place in 2004. ‘This enlargement reunited Europe after decades of artificial division. It was also a way for all of us and to contribute to the democracy and freedom, and for many people who lived behind the Iron Curtain, it was a moment when their dreams came true’, said Hristea.Later the Ambassador of France, His Excellency Henri Renaud, greeted all the participants of the roundtable discussion: ‘I am very glad to see you all gathered here: the European Union itself is an orchestra, and today we will try to provide a symphony. This roundtable discussion is of very high importance for the EU. I want to wish you all a constructive discussion’.Afterwards, representatives of Poland, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Great Britain, and Germany came up with welcome speeches and wished interesting and active discussion.The roundtable consisted of three sessions, each 45 minutes long. Participants were divided into several groups, each of them discused different topics with EU member state Ambassador or representative. Issues covered within the framework of the roundtable included EU-Armenia relations in the post-Vilnius context, individual experience of countries celebrating 10th anniversary of EU accession, culture, modern diplomacy and many more

Europe Day 2014: Roundtable Discussion with Ambassadors

On 24 May, a roundtable discussion with EU member states Ambassadors was organised for interested public, including the students of universities, at the Opera house. Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea held a welcoming speech to open the discussion. He gave the background on Europe Day and Schuman declaration that served as a foundation for the European Union. Besides, he highlighted the importance of the EU enlargement that took place in 2004. ‘This enlargement reunited Europe after decades of artificial division. It was also a way for all of us and to contribute to the democracy and freedom, and for many people who lived behind the Iron Curtain, it was a moment when their dreams came true’, said Hristea.Later the Ambassador of France, His Excellency Henri Renaud, greeted all the participants of the roundtable discussion: ‘I am very glad to see you all gathered here: the European Union itself is an orchestra, and today we will try to provide a symphony. This roundtable discussion is of very high importance for the EU. I want to wish you all a constructive discussion’.Afterwards, representatives of Poland, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Great Britain, and Germany came up with welcome speeches and wished interesting and active discussion.The roundtable consisted of three sessions, each 45 minutes long. Participants were divided into several groups, each of them discused different topics with EU member state Ambassador or representative. Issues covered within the framework of the roundtable included EU-Armenia relations in the post-Vilnius context, individual experience of countries celebrating 10th anniversary of EU accession, culture, modern diplomacy and many more