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Fostering Cooperation between the European Parliament and the Armenian National Assembly

5 August 2014
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A workshop on cooperation with the European Parliament was organised at the National Assembly of Armenia on 22 July, aimed at strengthening inter-parliamentary relations on bilateral interests. The Chairperson of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) from Armenia, Samvel Farmanyan, opened the workshop, stating: ‘Both sides of cooperation, officials in Yerevan and in Brussels, have the objective to get to know each other better. That is why events like this are of great benefit for us; they let us learn more about each others’ mentality and ideology. As for the PCC, there are still plenty of things to do. both by us and by the EU. We are now experiencing a difficult period in this regard due to numerous factors; however, our country wants to be a part of this “civilisation”, which is why we are doing our best to approximate ourselves to EU standards’.

Andrej Didenko, Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Armenia, then noted that the European Union regarded parliamentary development as a cornerstone of democracy building: ‘These kinds of processes serve as a unique milestone in the communication between judicial and legislative systems of a country’. He added that, within the framework of such workshops, the EU demonstrated techniques on how to negotiate and also provided recommendations to corresponding governmental institutions. ‘The EU Advisory Group (EUAG) makes an effective contribution to sector strategy. Its aims are democracy, the rule of law, the fight against corruption, human rights, and sustainability. The EU is still committed to supporting reforms in Armenia’, Didenko highlighted.

The keynote speaker of the event was Dr Thomas Grunert, Head of the Unit for Enlargement and the European Economic Area in the General Secretariat of the European Parliament. He shared experiences related to PCC and EURONEST PA activities.

EUAG was set up in Armenia in April 2009 to support the political and economic reform process initiated by the Armenian Government. EUAG provides tailor-made policy advice on issues ranging from human rights and public administration reforms to trade.

Fostering Cooperation between the European Parliament and the Armenian National Assembly

A workshop on cooperation with the European Parliament was organised at the National Assembly of Armenia on 22 July, aimed at strengthening inter-parliamentary relations on bilateral interests. The Chairperson of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) from Armenia, Samvel Farmanyan, opened the workshop, stating: ‘Both sides of cooperation, officials in Yerevan and in Brussels, have the objective to get to know each other better. That is why events like this are of great benefit for us; they let us learn more about each others’ mentality and ideology. As for the PCC, there are still plenty of things to do. both by us and by the EU. We are now experiencing a difficult period in this regard due to numerous factors; however, our country wants to be a part of this “civilisation”, which is why we are doing our best to approximate ourselves to EU standards’. Andrej Didenko, Chargé d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to Armenia, then noted that the European Union regarded parliamentary development as a cornerstone of democracy building: ‘These kinds of processes serve as a unique milestone in the communication between judicial and legislative systems of a country’. He added that, within the framework of such workshops, the EU demonstrated techniques on how to negotiate and also provided recommendations to corresponding governmental institutions. ‘The EU Advisory Group (EUAG) makes an effective contribution to sector strategy. Its aims are democracy, the rule of law, the fight against corruption, human rights, and sustainability. The EU is still committed to supporting reforms in Armenia’, Didenko highlighted. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr Thomas Grunert, Head of the Unit for Enlargement and the European Economic Area in the General Secretariat of the European Parliament. He shared experiences related to PCC and EURONEST PA activities. EUAG was set up in Armenia in April 2009 to support the political and economic reform process initiated by the Armenian Government. EUAG provides tailor-made policy advice on issues ranging from human rights and public administration reforms to trade.