Evaluation of the EU Advisory Group project in Armenia | EUNewsletter

Evaluation of the EU Advisory Group project in Armenia

13 May 2013
Mid-Term

A public presentation of findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Phase III of the EU Advisory Group (EUAG) to Armenia was held on 15 March 2013.
The presentation was welcomed by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, who thanked experts for their research: ‘The role of the EUAG is to support strategic processes within government. It is essential to facilitate the transfer from policy advice to policy implementation. We can already see important progress in the area of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) for example, where thanks to the group’s support, implementation assistance was designed and started’.
The conference was also attended by the Secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council, Artur Baghdasaryan, who stated: ‘During its mission in Armenia since 2008, the EUAG has provided assistance to the Armenian authorities, which is important especially with regard to the negotiations currently held with the EU…I would like to express my utmost appreciation for the EUAG experts’ active dialogue with different administrative offices in Armenia’.
The evaluation compiled a number of key recommendations including knowledge transfer from policy advice in specific sectors to policy implementation, strictly avoiding capacity substitution while keeping institutional memory alive and requiring regular feedback from beneficiaries on actions completed through EU Advisory Group assistance.

The EU Advisory Group project was launched in Armenia in 2008. €2.81 million has been allocated in two phases covering the period from 18 November 2008 to 31 July 2010. In mid-2010 a decision was made to extend the EU AG project to a third phase, with a budget of €5.1 million. The current project will continue until April 2014.

Evaluation of the EU Advisory Group project in Armenia

A public presentation of findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Phase III of the EU Advisory Group (EUAG) to Armenia was held on 15 March 2013. The presentation was welcomed by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, who thanked experts for their research: 'The role of the EUAG is to support strategic processes within government. It is essential to facilitate the transfer from policy advice to policy implementation. We can already see important progress in the area of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) for example, where thanks to the group’s support, implementation assistance was designed and started'. The conference was also attended by the Secretary of Armenia's National Security Council, Artur Baghdasaryan, who stated: 'During its mission in Armenia since 2008, the EUAG has provided assistance to the Armenian authorities, which is important especially with regard to the negotiations currently held with the EU…I would like to express my utmost appreciation for the EUAG experts' active dialogue with different administrative offices in Armenia'. The evaluation compiled a number of key recommendations including knowledge transfer from policy advice in specific sectors to policy implementation, strictly avoiding capacity substitution while keeping institutional memory alive and requiring regular feedback from beneficiaries on actions completed through EU Advisory Group assistance. The EU Advisory Group project was launched in Armenia in 2008. €2.81 million has been allocated in two phases covering the period from 18 November 2008 to 31 July 2010. In mid-2010 a decision was made to extend the EU AG project to a third phase, with a budget of €5.1 million. The current project will continue until April 2014.