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Model European Parliament in Armenia

21 December 2012

On 10 November 2012 AEGEE-Yerevan and the EU Delegation to Armenia launched the ”Armenia Model EU conference 2012”. More than 100 Armenian students and activists from various regions of Armenia and 15 international participants from Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Luxembourg) participated in an interactive simulation of European Parliament (EP) activities, focusing on the topic “EU Policy towards Eastern Partnership countries: Advantages and challenges”.
The Head of the Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, welcomed guests, noting: “The EU supports democratic reforms in Eastern partnership member states. Civil society is an important part of these reforms. We are sure that this model will stimulate civil activism and in-group communication”.

The president of AEGEE-Europe, Luis Alvarado Martinez also gave a welcoming speech urging young people to serve as an example: “Our European projects cannot be complete until the Caucasus region joins the Union, but, in order to do this, first we must change ourselves, the way we think and the way we act. Thus, young people should go one step ahead and become models themselves for national governments through communication and dialogue”. Armenak Minasyants, the chairman of AEGEE-Yerevan, introduced the project, mentioning that in comparison with the previous model, this time the scale of the model had increased. Last year the number of participants was 35, but this time 120 participants took part in the model. They were chosen from 280 applicants through a three-stage selection process. Before the model European Parlimanet, participants had the opportunity to learn about the EU legislative procedures and policies in the field of enlargement and European integration thanks to two comprehensive training sessions.

The 120 participants of the model were divided into separate political parties and groups to reflect the reality of the EP. For over two weeks they worked in those groups to form their own policy, and on 10 November they presented their approaches to the Eastern Partnership, particularly concentrating on the examples of Armenia and Ukraine. The event lasted one day and involved participants in a realistic experience of EU decision-making processes.

Model European Parliament in Armenia

On 10 November 2012 AEGEE-Yerevan and the EU Delegation to Armenia launched the ''Armenia Model EU conference 2012''. More than 100 Armenian students and activists from various regions of Armenia and 15 international participants from Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Luxembourg) participated in an interactive simulation of European Parliament (EP) activities, focusing on the topic “EU Policy towards Eastern Partnership countries: Advantages and challenges”. The Head of the Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, welcomed guests, noting: “The EU supports democratic reforms in Eastern partnership member states. Civil society is an important part of these reforms. We are sure that this model will stimulate civil activism and in-group communication”. The president of AEGEE-Europe, Luis Alvarado Martinez also gave a welcoming speech urging young people to serve as an example: "Our European projects cannot be complete until the Caucasus region joins the Union, but, in order to do this, first we must change ourselves, the way we think and the way we act. Thus, young people should go one step ahead and become models themselves for national governments through communication and dialogue”. Armenak Minasyants, the chairman of AEGEE-Yerevan, introduced the project, mentioning that in comparison with the previous model, this time the scale of the model had increased. Last year the number of participants was 35, but this time 120 participants took part in the model. They were chosen from 280 applicants through a three-stage selection process. Before the model European Parlimanet, participants had the opportunity to learn about the EU legislative procedures and policies in the field of enlargement and European integration thanks to two comprehensive training sessions. The 120 participants of the model were divided into separate political parties and groups to reflect the reality of the EP. For over two weeks they worked in those groups to form their own policy, and on 10 November they presented their approaches to the Eastern Partnership, particularly concentrating on the examples of Armenia and Ukraine. The event lasted one day and involved participants in a realistic experience of EU decision-making processes. [gallery link="file"]