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Second EU in Armenia Club event

16 June 2014
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On 30 May, a second cycle of three-day training courses ‘EU in Armenia Club’ took place in Aghveran. It was opened by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea and the Deputy Minister of Economics, Garegin Melkonyan. The Head of Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, gave a presentation on the development of EU-Armenia cooperation, handing over to keynote Hrant Kostanyan, Associate Research Fellow at the CEPS Foreign Policy unit.

Hristea gave a historical overview of EU-Armenia relations, highlighting the EU’s role as a key financial donor donating €250 million between 2007 and 2013. ‘We launched our cooperation with Armenia immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union: since then we have developed sustainable dialogue in the spheres of culture, education, human rights, economics. The EU has a number of issues on its agenda: rights of an individual rule of law, and the commitment to ensure economic development’, he said. The Ambassador expressed his appreciation of the activities undertaken by the EU Centre, and hoped that similar projects would involve even greater numbers of people and develop further interest in EU-Armenia relations.

Melkonyan said that the discussion of serious issues through training and awareness raising would be useful, both for the participants and for the EU: ‘It is pleasing to have such an agenda for our discussion as, in the end, we consider the development of relations with the European Union as highly important’.

The “EU in Armenia Club” was established to encourage the development of influential and EU-knowledgeable alumni in the country. The club’s activities include engaging training and useful networking events for senior officials and distinguished representatives of Armenian society. The aim of the training courses is to spread reliable information about EU-Armenia relations and cooperation.

Participants include senior officials from the Armenian government, Members of Parliament, leading journalists, students, and representatives of civil society, academic, business, religious, and youth organisations.
On 4 June in the premises of the EU Centre the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, presented the certificates to the participants of the second EU in Armenia Club training course. Ambassador Hristea expressed satisfaction that the number of fellows of the Club was growing: ‘I am very pleased that the number of alumni is increasing. By bringing together people from different walks of life and encouraging free exchange of thoughts on the EU-Armenia relations and cooperation we hope to build more support for the EU and its activities in the country’.

The EU Centre is the main feature of the EU-funded “Support to the EU communication on reforms in Armenia” project. Its goal is to raise awareness on EU development cooperation in Armenia and support education on the European Union. The Centre’s website is a gateway to EU cooperation with Armenia.

Second EU in Armenia Club event

On 30 May, a second cycle of three-day training courses 'EU in Armenia Club' took place in Aghveran. It was opened by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea and the Deputy Minister of Economics, Garegin Melkonyan. The Head of Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, gave a presentation on the development of EU-Armenia cooperation, handing over to keynote Hrant Kostanyan, Associate Research Fellow at the CEPS Foreign Policy unit. Hristea gave a historical overview of EU-Armenia relations, highlighting the EU’s role as a key financial donor donating €250 million between 2007 and 2013. ‘We launched our cooperation with Armenia immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union: since then we have developed sustainable dialogue in the spheres of culture, education, human rights, economics. The EU has a number of issues on its agenda: rights of an individual rule of law, and the commitment to ensure economic development’, he said. The Ambassador expressed his appreciation of the activities undertaken by the EU Centre, and hoped that similar projects would involve even greater numbers of people and develop further interest in EU-Armenia relations. Melkonyan said that the discussion of serious issues through training and awareness raising would be useful, both for the participants and for the EU: ‘It is pleasing to have such an agenda for our discussion as, in the end, we consider the development of relations with the European Union as highly important’. The “EU in Armenia Club” was established to encourage the development of influential and EU-knowledgeable alumni in the country. The club’s activities include engaging training and useful networking events for senior officials and distinguished representatives of Armenian society. The aim of the training courses is to spread reliable information about EU-Armenia relations and cooperation. Participants include senior officials from the Armenian government, Members of Parliament, leading journalists, students, and representatives of civil society, academic, business, religious, and youth organisations. On 4 June in the premises of the EU Centre the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, presented the certificates to the participants of the second EU in Armenia Club training course. Ambassador Hristea expressed satisfaction that the number of fellows of the Club was growing: ‘I am very pleased that the number of alumni is increasing. By bringing together people from different walks of life and encouraging free exchange of thoughts on the EU-Armenia relations and cooperation we hope to build more support for the EU and its activities in the country’. The EU Centre is the main feature of the EU-funded “Support to the EU communication on reforms in Armenia” project. Its goal is to raise awareness on EU development cooperation in Armenia and support education on the European Union. The Centre’s website is a gateway to EU cooperation with Armenia.