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More than 500 pupils from music schools in Gyumri, Vanadzor, Ashtarak, Abovyan, Sevan, Artashat and Yerevan were invited to a Europe Day classical concert with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. When the children arrived to Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall in Yerevan on 4th June, they were greeted by Ambassador Świtalski with whom they could celebrate their common love for music at the concert. . Representatives of the Armenian government, EU member states’ Ambassadors and representatives from international organisations also attended the concert.
13310333_1035358556518073_7966482787202323642_nAmbassador Świtalski opened the concert by introducing the vision of the EU: ‘66 years ago a great politician, Robert Schuman, had a vision, a vision of peaceful, prosperous, free and just Europe. We celebrate this day to commemorate the man and his vision, and we want to celebrate it together with the Armenian people. The celebrations of Europe Day have now culminated in Yerevan this weekend after five concerts in the marzes. This year we celebrate Europe Day in Armenia under the slogan of “Europe for Youth”. I am happy to have children from all over Armenia with us today – tonight they are our guests of honour. This evening is special because young talented Armenians will play European music. Isn’t this a great match?’
Music school pupils Sofia Vardanyan (violin), Diana Adamyan (violin), and Harutyun Melikyan (piano) performed during the concert together with their elder counterparts and all three pupils also played solo pieces.

The start of the EU-funded project called “Promoting Integration of Syrian Armenians” was announced on 9 April 2015. The aim of the project is to promote the integration of Syrian Armenians regarding economic activities and children’s education. The project will be implemented in Yerevan, Shirak, Lori, Kotayk, Aragatsotn, Ararat and Armavir regions, starting from March 2015 till February 2017. All Syrian Armenian families currently residing in Armenia will be targeted by the economic component of the project, as well as over 1000 schoolchildren will be involved in educational activities. The project will be implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society.
ARS_6530Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, underlined the importance of the project with his own life experience. “I am really proud of being European today knowing that seventy percent of all this efforts for refugees around the world are coming from the EU citizens. We hope and we believe that this project will promote and ensure better integration of Syrian Armenians, especially in terms of economic opportunities and education. I am personally touched with this project and support to Syrian Armenians, when I remember that my ancestors were deported 100 years ago because of the massacres and ended up in Aleppo. Some of my ancestors in Aleppo decided to move to Marseille, and made of me a proud European French Vietnamese Armenian. Sharing the difficulties of the Syrian Armenians, remembering the suffering of my ancestors 100 years ago, I hope and am sure that this project will support people”.
Secretary General of Armenian Red Cross Society, Anna Yeghiazaryan, talked about their readiness to support Syrian Armenians. “In different angles of the world, wars are continued and in the 21st century people continue suffering from poverty. Among them are also Syrian Armenians. As an organisation auxiliary to the government in humanitarian sphere and led by its mission to prevent the reduce human sufferings, Armenian Red Cross Society could not remain indifferent to the problems of Syrian Armenians, forced to migrate to Armenia as a result of Civil War in Syria, and started to help them from the very first day of their arrival since 2012”.
The following main activities will be implemented in the framework of the economic component of the project: database on professional job background will be developed, follow-up job coaching will be conducted, the beneficiaries will take part on vocational and language trainings and receive start-up funding for economic activities. The educational activities for children will concentrate on integration, school equipment and stationery and peer to peer approach.
The project is financed by the European Union (contribution – 94.1 %) and the Austrian Red Cross (contribution – 5.9%).