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The EU Delegation to Armenia invited many officials from the Armenian Government, international organisations, embassies and NGO’s to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. The Schuman Declaration was presented by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 and it became a cornerstone for the construction of the European Union.
ARS_6983Armenia celebrates the Europe Day every year with many events and activities. The reception was held at the TUMO centre in Yerevan on 22 May 2015. The official part of the event started with an address from High Representative of the EU/ Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the Europe Day. When the message was delivered the orchestra and ensemble first played the EU Anthem and then Anthem of Armenia.
Head of the EU Delegation Traian Hristea had a welcoming speech. “While we meet here today, leaders of the EU, our Member States as well as our Eastern neighbours are meeting in Riga in order to reconfirm and to deepen our partnership. Armenia is a partner for us; we share many values and have a rich history of cooperation. This is why the EU is asking for a second mandate from its Member States to negotiate a new agreement between the European Union and Armenia soon. The new Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia will come in September, I am glad that he will take over the journey sometimes challenging, sometimes encouraging but always exciting. I am confident that the support that the EU delivered to Armenia has improved the lives of Armenia’s citizens. Over the past years the EU supported many areas such as fight against corruption, environment, energy, agriculture, etc.”
ARS_6937The Armenian Vice Prime Minister, Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms, Vache Gabrielyan, also had his welcoming speech. “Despite of all challenges that the Europe has faced the idea of unity remains a vision for development. As Mrs. Mogherini mentioned in her message, we can have today Europe without wars. From the first day of independence of Armenia, the cooperation with the EU remains priority, which is based on shared values”.
ARS_7136After the official part of the event the guests had an opportunity to enjoy the music, performed by Cadence ensemble and a special guest form Europe – Oana Catalina. Catalina will also perform during the main concert dedicated to the Europe Day on 24 May at the Freedom Square in Yerevan.