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EYP Forum in Armenia: AYSOR 2015

23 November 2015
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The opening ceremony of the International European Youth Parliament (EYP) Forum in Armenia took place on 21 November 2015. The forum’s theme is “Activate youth for sustainability: obtaining and rebuilding (AYSOR)”.

The EYP was founded in Armenia in 2012 and, over the course of the last three years, more than 3,600 youngsters have joined. Many fora, conferences, projects have been organised by EYP.

150 participants from Armenia and abroad are taking part in this year’s forum, where they are discussing the Syrian conflict and refugees, labour rights, human rights, and many other issues.

During the forum the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, gave a speech: ‘I want to congratulate everybody on this event and welcome all the participants from Armenia and international guests. I want to encourage all Europeans to see Armenians as a part of the European family, and for Armenians to feel their country’s cooperation with the European Union. I urge you to make as many friends as possible in Armenia and to build a strong bridge between the EU and Armenians. Three days ago the EU issued a joint communication on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy. This is a very important document which confirms the commitment of the EU to promoting sustainable development in the region; Armenia is a part of this neighbourhood. This document confirms our strong commitment to promoting sustainable development in Armenia. In December we will start negotiations on the new framework agreement. We must help Armenians to create jobs, make the economy perform better, and, in particular, open career prospects for young Armenians. The EU will invest more than €10 million in Armenia next year to promote better business opportunities. We are Armenia’s biggest international donor, its biggest foreign investor; the EU is the biggest market for Armenian exports’.

The founder of the EYP in Armenia, Suzanna Shamakhyan, underlined the importance of the participation of young Armenians from the regions: despan‘I know that many of you are participating in such an event for the first time, congratulations! If you think you don’t have enough experience, or your English is not good enough, or you will be giving a public speech for the first time – I encourage you to go ahead and just speak! No matter your experience, speak up, because this is the best place you can learn, exchange skills and ideas, see different cultures – we have international delegates and it gives me great pride to say that over the previous three years we have had around 700 international delegates visit’.

Forum participants are currently working in different committees, sharing ideas and discussing a variety of subjects. The forum will close on 24 November 2015.

EYP Forum in Armenia: AYSOR 2015

The opening ceremony of the International European Youth Parliament (EYP) Forum in Armenia took place on 21 November 2015. The forum’s theme is “Activate youth for sustainability: obtaining and rebuilding (AYSOR)”. The EYP was founded in Armenia in 2012 and, over the course of the last three years, more than 3,600 youngsters have joined. Many fora, conferences, projects have been organised by EYP. 150 participants from Armenia and abroad are taking part in this year’s forum, where they are discussing the Syrian conflict and refugees, labour rights, human rights, and many other issues. During the forum the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, gave a speech: ‘I want to congratulate everybody on this event and welcome all the participants from Armenia and international guests. I want to encourage all Europeans to see Armenians as a part of the European family, and for Armenians to feel their country’s cooperation with the European Union. I urge you to make as many friends as possible in Armenia and to build a strong bridge between the EU and Armenians. Three days ago the EU issued a joint communication on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy. This is a very important document which confirms the commitment of the EU to promoting sustainable development in the region; Armenia is a part of this neighbourhood. This document confirms our strong commitment to promoting sustainable development in Armenia. In December we will start negotiations on the new framework agreement. We must help Armenians to create jobs, make the economy perform better, and, in particular, open career prospects for young Armenians. The EU will invest more than €10 million in Armenia next year to promote better business opportunities. We are Armenia’s biggest international donor, its biggest foreign investor; the EU is the biggest market for Armenian exports’. The founder of the EYP in Armenia, Suzanna Shamakhyan, underlined the importance of the participation of young Armenians from the regions: despan‘I know that many of you are participating in such an event for the first time, congratulations! If you think you don’t have enough experience, or your English is not good enough, or you will be giving a public speech for the first time – I encourage you to go ahead and just speak! No matter your experience, speak up, because this is the best place you can learn, exchange skills and ideas, see different cultures – we have international delegates and it gives me great pride to say that over the previous three years we have had around 700 international delegates visit’. Forum participants are currently working in different committees, sharing ideas and discussing a variety of subjects. The forum will close on 24 November 2015.