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^7DDA8AFE5020AA3C982A3A493A5E7763BE32FCF15DE2B6ED5F^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrEvery year Europe celebrates Europe Day: the celebration of peace and unity. 9 May marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman deceleration’. On 11 May 2018, Europe Day celebrations in Armenia were officially launched. In the morning, Armenia’s President, Armen Sarkissian visited the office of the European Union in Armenia. The President congratulated the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski and the staff of the office and in their person the large EU family on the occasion of Europe Day and wished them peace and prosperity. The parties exchanged views on the agenda of Armenia-EU relations and programmes which are implemented in Armenia through the assistance of the European Union.
This year, Europe Day celebrations will be held in 6 Armenian cities (Ijevan, Hrazdan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Kapan, and Yeghegnadzor) and will be concluded in Yerevan on 2 June. The participants of outdoor public events will have the opportunity to learn more about EU-funded projects in Europe and Armenia, to get acquainted with projects’ achievements, to enjoy good music, to participate in various competitions, to win many surprise gifts, and to taste different European dishes. The embassies of 11 EU Member States accredited in Armenia will join in hosting cultural and entertainment events.

ARS_7121_Later that day, Ambassador Świtalski announced the launch of the pan-European holiday in Armenia during a press conference and informed about the upcoming events: ‘We consider Armenia as a member of the larger European family. I invite the Armenian pubic to join us during Europe Day celebrations, which we consider to be a shared occasion, a shared opportunity to show that we belong to the same family. This year, for the first time, Ijevan and Hrazdan will host these celebrations. We will also visit, as usual, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Kapan, Yeghegnadzor and, of course, Yerevan. As always, we dedicate many of our activities to youth, the future of this country. Europe Day is about values; in recent days Armenian youth demonstrated that they believe in the values of democracy, the rule of law, an independent, fair judiciary, etc. This is something that constitutes the common basis of our relations. Soon we will start the provisional implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which is very important. We are looking forward to joint work with all our stakeholders’.

ARS_7052_The launch of Europe Day activities kicked off with a fashion exhibition organised jointly with the Fashion and Design Chamber of Armenia. 16 fashion designers presented exceptional clothing collections created especially for this occasion, inspired by the European flag. With EU support under the EU4Business initiative the ‘Business Club for Impact’ joined up with the ‘Fashion and Design Chamber’ to establish the Business Club for Fashion and Design in February 2018. This unites more than 60 individual designers who for the first time have created a joint platform for the fashion and design industry, aimed at promoting more knowledge and business skills in the world of design. The Business Club is funded by the “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) project, co-funded by the EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is being implemented by GIZ’s Private Sector Development in the South Caucasus Programme.

On 24 November in Brussels, Belgium, the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit took place to mark the achievements of the last two years of the EU’s relationships with its six Eastern partners. The 5th EaP Summit was long awaited by participants.
On the same day in Brussels, the Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, signed the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement in the presence of Armenia’s President, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. Negotiations on the new EU-Armenia agreement started 2 years ago and successfully concluded on 26 February 2017. Once it enters into force, the new agreement will replace the EU-Armenia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
On the occasion of the Eastern Partnership Summit, the European Union also concluded negotiations with Armenia for a new aviation agreement. It is estimated that this agreement will bring up to 87.000 additional passengers and will generate more than €16 million in the first five years. Under the agreement, Armenia will join the EU Common Aviation Area. This will liberalise the market in a mutual manner, allowing airlines to operate routes with no restrictions and enjoy the equal opportunity of servicing a market of 500 million people. European standards will be introduced into Armenian legislation and foreign airlines will be allowed to choose air routes commercially, without political interference.

ARS_9523On 27 November the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, held a press conference to speak about the mutual benefits and deeper cooperation the agreement should bring: ‘Let’s congratulate each other because it was a mutual success: many people have worked very hard to achieve this success in Armenia, in Brussels and in the capitals of our member states. For me it is an unbelievable pleasure to speak to you about this agreement, because this agreement is very important for both of us. I hope very much that it will boost our relations, consolidate the basis of our relations, and enlarge the scope of our relations. I hope, with time, all Armenian citizens will be able to benefit from this new chapter of our relations. The leaders of Armenia and the EU have commented upon the agreement and the experts have studied the contents. The agreement is different from the Association Agreement, but it retains its ambition. The EU is always taking on board the aspirations of our partners; therefore, it is wrong to speak about the EU pursuing either one or the other policy. This is an agreement that takes into account Armenia’s international commitments and obligations and is cooperative in nature; this means it is a joint commitment. The EU encourages but never imposes. Under the agreement, Armenia will undertake different commitments: fighting corruption, implementing judicial reforms, freeing up competition for businesses, etc. I can tell you, from a local perspective, that we, the EU Delegation to Armenia, are all set to do our best to implement the agreement as it creates new opportunities and opens new doors. However, the essential benefit from the new agreement is to ensure its successful implementation. We are all motivated to implement the agreement and establish cooperative ties with all Armenian partners. We have no time to rest, it’s a stimulus to intensify our work and make our contribution more effective and visible from the point of view of ordinary Armenian – we are doing it for ordinary Armenians. There is no need to talk about failure at this time because I am optimistic that this agreement will bring new quality to our relations and I’m very optimistic about implementation. I am confident that we will succeed’.