European Development Days 2013 | EUNewsletter

European Development Days 2013

10 December 2013

On 26-28 November, students, young people, representatives from the Armenian education, youth and development sector, and heads of youth organisations and civil society representatives had the opportunity to watch the live streaming of “European Development Days” from Brussels, followed by local debates in the EU Centre.
‘The main objective of this initiative is the provision of a wide range of information about development cooperation, the discussion of youth issues, and new cooperation as a result,’ said the Head of the Political, Economic, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Dirk Lorenz, in his welcoming speech.
Streamed sessions focused on inclusive and sustainable education, youth in governance, and employment.
‘The theme of education has special importance in the EU-Armenia agenda, for example we cooperate within the framework of the “Erasmus Mundus” and “Tempus” projects’, said Lorenz, adding that civil society and the education sector would feature prominently in future Armenia-EU relations. ‘It is not a secret that the decision of Armenia to join the (Eurasian) Customs Union will result in a reduction of trade assistance; however, that the EU will continue cooperation with Armenia on education and other relevant topics,’ assured Lorenz, noting that the EU financially supported both higher and vocational education.
The EU is currently implementing projects encourage civil activism among young people in European and Eastern Partnership countries through different grants and funds. An example is the “Youth in Action” programme, which has involved more than 200,000 young people aged 13-30.
The Deputy Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jose Maria Medina Navarro, talked about the theme of “Youth Voices for Inclusive Governance”. According to Navarro, inclusive governance was a part of a “genetic code” for the EU, which it was trying to transfer to its partner countries. Inclusive governance includes respect for human rights, the rule of law, access to justice and the fight against corruption. Therefore, the involvement of young people as active members of society is extremely important.
The discussion of the streamed topics was followed by a debate from the Armenian perspective. The Director of the “Youth Events Holding Centre”, David Hayrapetyan, which has been assisted by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs to promote“European Development Days” in Armenia, stated that the main problems facing youth participation and inclusive governance were the key priorities of youth policy in Armenia, but stressed that steps were being made to increase levels of youth participation. As an example, he mentioned the National Youth Policy Council created by the Prime Minister of Armenia, which was built on the principle of co-governance: ‘Both the EU and the Council of Europe make large contributions to increase the recognition of youth work. We appreciate their advice, experience as well as financial support in programme implementation’.
Organised by the European Commission, “European Development Days” is a key forum on international affairs and cooperation development. This forum is aimed at consolidating a unified approach to pressing issues and at inspiring thinking on international cooperation in an open and inclusive manner.

European Development Days 2013

On 26-28 November, students, young people, representatives from the Armenian education, youth and development sector, and heads of youth organisations and civil society representatives had the opportunity to watch the live streaming of “European Development Days” from Brussels, followed by local debates in the EU Centre. ‘The main objective of this initiative is the provision of a wide range of information about development cooperation, the discussion of youth issues, and new cooperation as a result,’ said the Head of the Political, Economic, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Dirk Lorenz, in his welcoming speech. Streamed sessions focused on inclusive and sustainable education, youth in governance, and employment. ‘The theme of education has special importance in the EU-Armenia agenda, for example we cooperate within the framework of the “Erasmus Mundus” and “Tempus” projects’, said Lorenz, adding that civil society and the education sector would feature prominently in future Armenia-EU relations. ‘It is not a secret that the decision of Armenia to join the (Eurasian) Customs Union will result in a reduction of trade assistance; however, that the EU will continue cooperation with Armenia on education and other relevant topics,’ assured Lorenz, noting that the EU financially supported both higher and vocational education. The EU is currently implementing projects encourage civil activism among young people in European and Eastern Partnership countries through different grants and funds. An example is the “Youth in Action” programme, which has involved more than 200,000 young people aged 13-30. The Deputy Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jose Maria Medina Navarro, talked about the theme of “Youth Voices for Inclusive Governance”. According to Navarro, inclusive governance was a part of a “genetic code” for the EU, which it was trying to transfer to its partner countries. Inclusive governance includes respect for human rights, the rule of law, access to justice and the fight against corruption. Therefore, the involvement of young people as active members of society is extremely important. The discussion of the streamed topics was followed by a debate from the Armenian perspective. The Director of the “Youth Events Holding Centre”, David Hayrapetyan, which has been assisted by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs to promote“European Development Days” in Armenia, stated that the main problems facing youth participation and inclusive governance were the key priorities of youth policy in Armenia, but stressed that steps were being made to increase levels of youth participation. As an example, he mentioned the National Youth Policy Council created by the Prime Minister of Armenia, which was built on the principle of co-governance: ‘Both the EU and the Council of Europe make large contributions to increase the recognition of youth work. We appreciate their advice, experience as well as financial support in programme implementation’. Organised by the European Commission, “European Development Days” is a key forum on international affairs and cooperation development. This forum is aimed at consolidating a unified approach to pressing issues and at inspiring thinking on international cooperation in an open and inclusive manner.