Europe Day celebrations in the south of Armenia | EUNewsletter

Europe Day celebrations in the south of Armenia

20 May 2019

797A1713This year Europe Day celebrations are taking place in 5 Armenian cities and in Yerevan. The first regional open-air celebration was held in Kapan on 11 May under the “Road to Europe” theme. The celebration started at Garegin Nzhdeh Square, where the EU Ambassador to Armenia, Piotr Świtalski, and Kapan Mayor Gevorg Parsyan welcomed and congratulated the audience on Europe Day 2019. This year also, participants of the outdoor public events have the opportunity to learn more about Europe and EU-funded projects in Armenia, get acquainted with these projects’ achievements, enjoy good music, participate in various competitions, and receive many surprises. In Kapan, many contests were held for children and adults, and Armenian rock band “Nemra” performed at the end of the event.

797A1480Ambassador Świtalski thanked everyone for joining and celebrating Europe Day in Kapan: “This year we start our celebrations in Kapan for two very serious reasons. Firstly, Europe starts from Kapan – you are the gateway to Europe. Secondly, you are simply wonderful people. You are hospitable, you are brave as descendants of Davit Bek and you like the idea of sharing our joy. Our day in Kapan is always the most joyful of the Europe Day celebrations. I declare Kapan the capital of Europe for today as we are committed to workig with you. For us it is a family day – so there will be everything for people of various ages. Enjoy the day”.

797A1513Mayor Parsyan welcomed the guests and thanked the EU Delegation for the celebration: “Armenia is part of European civilization – both historically and today, with the establishment of democracy, the rule of law, the protection of fundamental freedoms, and human rights. We have built strong relationships with the EU on the basis of effective cooperation and mutual respect. I am convinced that our relationships will develop and become stronger”.

On the next day, Europe Day celebrations continued at the Yeghegnadzor amphitheatre, opened by Ambassador Świtalski and Yeghegnadzor Mayor Davit Harutyunyan. Numerous contests for children and adults were designed at the Yeghegnadzor amphitheatre and singer Aram MP3 performed at the end of the event.

797A3087Ambassador Świtalski was impressed by the number of people attending the event: “I am happy to see so many young people as they are very important to us. We are happy to come here for the third time. Why we are coming here? You are people with big and open hearts. Other cities are probably richer, some people even call Yerevan the wallet of Armenia, but you are the heart of Armenia. Europe Day is about peace, solidarity and it’s our joint celebration. I want to thank the Mayor for the excellent cooperation. He has a big heart, like you”.

ARS_6507Mayor Harutyunyan noted the importance of bilateral cooperation: “I am glad that, for the third time, our city is included on the list of Armenian cities where Europe Day is happily celebrated. It is nice to see that the residents of Yeghegnadzor have the opportunity to learn about EU-funded projects in Armenia and their achievements. I am glad to inform you that our community has presented a local, economic community development plan as part of the EU-funded “Mayors for Economic Growth” initiative, which has has been praised. Our community has become an active member of this initiative. I hope our cooperation will continue to be productive”.

Europe Day celebrations in the south of Armenia

797A1713This year Europe Day celebrations are taking place in 5 Armenian cities and in Yerevan. The first regional open-air celebration was held in Kapan on 11 May under the "Road to Europe" theme. The celebration started at Garegin Nzhdeh Square, where the EU Ambassador to Armenia, Piotr Świtalski, and Kapan Mayor Gevorg Parsyan welcomed and congratulated the audience on Europe Day 2019. This year also, participants of the outdoor public events have the opportunity to learn more about Europe and EU-funded projects in Armenia, get acquainted with these projects’ achievements, enjoy good music, participate in various competitions, and receive many surprises. In Kapan, many contests were held for children and adults, and Armenian rock band "Nemra" performed at the end of the event.

797A1480Ambassador Świtalski thanked everyone for joining and celebrating Europe Day in Kapan: “This year we start our celebrations in Kapan for two very serious reasons. Firstly, Europe starts from Kapan – you are the gateway to Europe. Secondly, you are simply wonderful people. You are hospitable, you are brave as descendants of Davit Bek and you like the idea of sharing our joy. Our day in Kapan is always the most joyful of the Europe Day celebrations. I declare Kapan the capital of Europe for today as we are committed to workig with you. For us it is a family day – so there will be everything for people of various ages. Enjoy the day”.

797A1513Mayor Parsyan welcomed the guests and thanked the EU Delegation for the celebration: “Armenia is part of European civilization – both historically and today, with the establishment of democracy, the rule of law, the protection of fundamental freedoms, and human rights. We have built strong relationships with the EU on the basis of effective cooperation and mutual respect. I am convinced that our relationships will develop and become stronger”.

On the next day, Europe Day celebrations continued at the Yeghegnadzor amphitheatre, opened by Ambassador Świtalski and Yeghegnadzor Mayor Davit Harutyunyan. Numerous contests for children and adults were designed at the Yeghegnadzor amphitheatre and singer Aram MP3 performed at the end of the event.

797A3087Ambassador Świtalski was impressed by the number of people attending the event: “I am happy to see so many young people as they are very important to us. We are happy to come here for the third time. Why we are coming here? You are people with big and open hearts. Other cities are probably richer, some people even call Yerevan the wallet of Armenia, but you are the heart of Armenia. Europe Day is about peace, solidarity and it’s our joint celebration. I want to thank the Mayor for the excellent cooperation. He has a big heart, like you”.

ARS_6507Mayor Harutyunyan noted the importance of bilateral cooperation: “I am glad that, for the third time, our city is included on the list of Armenian cities where Europe Day is happily celebrated. It is nice to see that the residents of Yeghegnadzor have the opportunity to learn about EU-funded projects in Armenia and their achievements. I am glad to inform you that our community has presented a local, economic community development plan as part of the EU-funded “Mayors for Economic Growth” initiative, which has has been praised. Our community has become an active member of this initiative. I hope our cooperation will continue to be productive”.