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On International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9, the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, launched the demo version of “Anti-corruption game of the next generation” at the Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies. The first comic about the game was also presented.

ars_0157Created by Tumo and funded by the European Union, the game targets youth. On the fictional planet of Neto, the game has levels full of challenges for players to raise awareness about the risks of the corruption, and rewards players which confront it. The game was created by 16-20-year-old students at Tumo. The launch of the game was entitled ‘Stop the Flow of Corruption’. Under this heading the EU reaffirms its support to Armenia’s government and civil society in their fight against corruption.

ars_0117Ambassador Świtalski praised Tumo’s involvement in creating the game: ‘This event is special for the EU because it showcases innovative new approaches to fighting corruption. People are wanting to move away from talking to active prevention. The best way to prevent is to start with children, because a culture in which corruption is unacceptable should be developed from an early age. We hope that young Armenians will come to understand that corruption is very harmful. In this process, we have appreciated our cooperation with Tumo. Some of you may remember Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, was in Yerevan a few weeks ago for the 8th Eastern Partnership Informal Ministerial Meeting. He visited Tumo and was very impressed. He even said that what he saw here was better than what he had seen in Silicon Valley – Tumo now has an ambassador in Europe and Armenia has a new symbol alongside Mount Ararat and brandy. This is the way it should be, because Armenians are very talented’.

Pegor Papazian, a Tumo Board Member, lauded the EU’s support: ‘We are interested in the longer termachievements at Tumo and we are grateful to the EU for having given us the chance to create this game and to inform the younger generation about the risks of corruption’.
After the game’s launch, event invitees had the opportunity to play the demo version.

On 17 November, Yerevan hosted  the 8th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Informal Ministerial Dialogue. Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, were in Armenia to take part in the event. The meeting focused on strengthening the cooperation of the EaP countries with the European Union in science and innovation and prospects for multilateral cooperation.

2A session on research, science and innovation was hosted by Levon Mkrtchyan, the Armenian Minister of Education and Science. During the session, Commissioners Hahn and Moedas launched the #EU4Innovation initiative for EaP countries. This initiative focuses EU support on reinforcing EaP countries’ capacities for innovation, especially those funded through HORIZON2020 or the European Neighbourhood Instrument.

The meeting was held during an extremely important time for Armenia as the agreement associating Armenia to HORIZON2020 entered into force on 12 November 2016. This agreement allows researchers and innovators from Armenia to have full access to HORIZON2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme, under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU member states and other associated countries.
Same day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia hosted foreign ministers of EaP countries, which was also attended by Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and  Jean-Christophe Belliard, the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service.During these discussions, ministers discussed developments and achievements following the Riga summit and expressed their expectations of the upcoming summit in 2017.

3This meeting was followed by a press conference. Hahn noted the constructive and open nature of discussions: ‘This is the 8th time that we have gathered in this format – and we have many other  opportunities to meet. This meeting has allowed us to review EaP implementation. There are a lot of agreements, but it’s time to implement and to make things visible for citizens. That’s why, during the summit in Riga, we decided to group different topics into in four areas to be more visible. The first is, of course, extensive support to EaP countries; we believe that economic development is crucial for increasing welfare, prosperity and stable business in the region. The aim of the next couple of years is to support more than 10,000 SMEs – they are the backbone of the economy. We will not only support existing SMEs, but also promote conditions to enable start-ups to thrive’.