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On 29 September with the participation of the EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Arsen Karamyan, and the Armenian Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Tadevos Avetisyan, the campaign of four roundtables devoted to Civil Society Day in Armenia was summed up. This awareness raising campaign was organised through the EU-funded “Support to Civil Society Facility Programme”.

ARS_1990This campaign highlighted the dedicated work that civil society in Armenia is undertaking and the initiatives the European Union is implementing to encourage the development of the sector. The four roundtables entitled “Social Entrepreneurship as an Alternative Route to Economic Development in Armenia” presented by the EU funded “Restoring living conditions in Armenia” project; “Social Inclusion Issues in Armenia” presented by EU funded “First inclusive and barrier-free Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri” project; “The Role of CSOs in Shaping Public Policy” presented by the EU funded “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” project and “Empowered Youth for Armenia’s Future: New Partnerships, New Bridges” presented by the EU funded “BRIDGE for CSOs” project achieved significant results. The roundtables involved lively discussion, with participants contributing innovative ideas with clear practical use. Each roundtable tackled important issues and created new opportunities to bring about positive social change.

ARS_0399During the final roundtable Ambassador Świtalski emphasised the mutual reliance and collaboration between the EU, the Armenian government and CSOs: ‘The topic of youth is very important, not only for Armenia, but for many countries. For Armenia, young people constitute the most important untapped potential for the country’s development. Young people are the future of any country, but in Armenia it has a deeper meaning, a meaning that the government is now taking seriously. We, the EU, want to be helpful – you know how we are offering support. However, if you were to ask me to systematise our assistance, it is about three critical issues: education, jobs, and voice. If these three aspects are addressed properly, then we can expect positive results’.