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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 19 June the European Union Delegation to Armenia welcomed the students, selected under #Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme, before their departure to study in Europe. Armenian students will have the opportunity to obtain an MA degree in European universities and get a double European diploma.

ARS_8551The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, welcomed students and representatives of embassies of EU member states followed by a series of presentations on Erasmus+ educational opportunities, as well as the Erasmus Mundus Alumni experience exchange. The students had the chance to ask any questions they had. Erasmus+ is an EU programme launched on 1 January 2014 aimed at boosting skills and employability, as well as to offer more opportunities for cooperation across the education, training, youth and sport sectors. As something new, the programme for the first time provides support for sport. As an integrated programme by 2020, the programme will grant €14.7 billion to mobility and strategic partnerships for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience, and volunteer abroad. To achieve its objectives, Erasmus+ follows 3 strategic directions: learning mobility of individuals; cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices; support for policy reform; Jean Monnet activities and actions in the field of sport.

ARS_8611Ambassador Świtalski congratulated the guests: ‘We consider Erasmus+ as a very important part of our activity in Armenia. We hope that you will profit from this opportunity, come back to Armenia, and be able to put all you have learned to practice. I hope you will get good jobs, a problem in Armenia. I have met some alumni that have been struggling to get jobs – Armenia has to work on its unemployment rate and the EU is ready to help. We hope you will enjoy your experience and become good ambassadors of the EU’.

Read more about Erasmus+ on the website of the European Commission and visit the website of the National Erasmus+ Office in Armenia.