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The “Caucasus-2014” international annual conference, the thirteenth of its kind, was organised by the Caucasus Institute and held on 26 May 2015 in Yerevan. The conference was held in cooperation with the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net and with the support of the EU Delegation to Armenia. The conference summed up 2014 for the South Caucasus. Topics for discussion included political trends, the European integration process, regional security issues, and international policies.
ARS_0750The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, gave an account of the year: ‘2014 was a year of major challenges in Europe, and particularly in the European Union Neighbourhood: events in Ukraine and increasing pressure on other Eastern Partners put Europe’s political reality into additional force. Within the Eastern partnership in 2014, association agreements were signed together with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.Armenia joined the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015 but such membership is not an obstacle for strong cooperation between the EU and Armenia. We successfully completed the scoping exercise for future legal agreements compatible with Armenia’s new international obligations. On 21-22 May the Eastern Partnership summit took place in Riga and took stock of the achievements within the Eastern Partnership since the last summit in Vilnius. The summit demonstrated the fact that the European Union continues to engage with all its independent and sovereign partners, whatever their individual level of ambition and commitment to the European Union’.
ARS_0761Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute, moderated the conference, stressing its importance as the only such conference concentrating on the Caucasus. He then introduced speakers such as Giorgi Gvimradze, who gave a presentation on the Georgia in 2014. In the shadow of the Association agreement report, and Sergey Minasyan, also from the Caucasus Institute, who presented the Armenia in 2014. Between the EU and Eurasian Union report. Reports on Russia and Azerbaijan were presented as well. These reports were followed by all-party discussions between the participants, guests and speakers.