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Presenting the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument

27 March 2014

On 12 March 2014, a conference on EU-Armenia cooperation organised at the Ministry of Economy presented EU assistance opportunities within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. The aim of the event was to exhibit different forms of technical assistance provided to beneficiary authorities, such as government agencies and other state bodies.During the conference the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and the Deputy Minister of Economy of Armenia, Garegin Melkonyan, gave speeches. According to Hristea this was the first public event of this kind following the Vilnius summit: ‘We have chosen to present a specific category of assistance instruments that we use together with Armenian partners as the driving force of the agenda agreed in Vilnius. This refers to technical assistance, because general EU-Armenia relations are much larger than Sigma, TAIEX and Twinning programmes. We will be focusing on the procedural aspects of issues related to these instruments and how to proceed further in those areas of assistance that now are topical for Armenia after the September 3rd decision’. The conference offered an opportunity to learn about the implementation mechanisms of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, to discuss the current situation and to explore eligibility for Twinning, TAIEX, Sigma and other projects in Armenia. Melkonyan stated that the Ministry of Economy acted as the National Coordinator of EU Assistance in Armenia, and raised the key issues: ‘We have gathered to present the current condition of the implementation of tools, updates, information and necessary items for attention in project planning and implementation. All these tools are aimed at developing skills and knowledge on European settings, and at helping Armenian governance structures to cooperate with European bodies’. To date, Armenia has implemented seven Twinning projects, with seven other projects at various stages of implementation. Practical implementation of projects under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument started in Armenia in 2009. The purpose of Twinning and TAIEX instruments is to support institutional reforms implemented by state bodies, based on appropriate EU standards and current models, as well as approximate the Armenian legislative framework closer to that of the EU.

Presenting the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument

On 12 March 2014, a conference on EU-Armenia cooperation organised at the Ministry of Economy presented EU assistance opportunities within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. The aim of the event was to exhibit different forms of technical assistance provided to beneficiary authorities, such as government agencies and other state bodies.During the conference the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and the Deputy Minister of Economy of Armenia, Garegin Melkonyan, gave speeches. According to Hristea this was the first public event of this kind following the Vilnius summit: ‘We have chosen to present a specific category of assistance instruments that we use together with Armenian partners as the driving force of the agenda agreed in Vilnius. This refers to technical assistance, because general EU-Armenia relations are much larger than Sigma, TAIEX and Twinning programmes. We will be focusing on the procedural aspects of issues related to these instruments and how to proceed further in those areas of assistance that now are topical for Armenia after the September 3rd decision’. The conference offered an opportunity to learn about the implementation mechanisms of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, to discuss the current situation and to explore eligibility for Twinning, TAIEX, Sigma and other projects in Armenia. Melkonyan stated that the Ministry of Economy acted as the National Coordinator of EU Assistance in Armenia, and raised the key issues: ‘We have gathered to present the current condition of the implementation of tools, updates, information and necessary items for attention in project planning and implementation. All these tools are aimed at developing skills and knowledge on European settings, and at helping Armenian governance structures to cooperate with European bodies’. To date, Armenia has implemented seven Twinning projects, with seven other projects at various stages of implementation. Practical implementation of projects under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument started in Armenia in 2009. The purpose of Twinning and TAIEX instruments is to support institutional reforms implemented by state bodies, based on appropriate EU standards and current models, as well as approximate the Armenian legislative framework closer to that of the EU.