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086A0418On 12 May Ijevan hosted Europe Day celebrations for the first time, where residents of Tavush marz were able to participate in different activities. In Fountain Square people could learn about EU-funded projects in Europe and Armenia, about projects’ achievements, enjoy good music and dance, participate in various competitions, and win surprise gifts. The celebration also included tasting different European dishes. The Head of the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, together with the Mayor of Ijevan, Vardan Ghalumyan, participated in the opening of the event.

086A0403The EU Ambassador thanked the Mayor for his hospitality: ‘We are very happy to be here for the first time and celebrate Europe Day. I hope it will become an annual tradition. First of all, I want to thank everyone, in particular young people from Ijevan for coming. Europe Day is a joint celebration – we celebrate that we are part of the same, large family. This year we are celebrating Europe Day under the slogan “Europe is here”. Indeed, the EU is trying to be helpful and bring about good results for ordinary Armenian citizens. The EU is the biggest donor to Armenia and its largest investor. In Ijevan we have helped to renovate the building of the Court of First Instance and a vocational education and training facility’.
Mayor Ghalumyan also thanked the EU for bringing Europe Day celebrations to the city and for all projects implemented with EU support, adding that he hoped to see new projects in the future.

086A1879The next day, on 13 May, Europe Day celebrations reached Hrazdan. This is the second city which has hosted this pan-European holiday for the first time. Despite heavy rain, the residents of Kotayk marz gathered on Constitution Square to join the celebrations and enjoy themselves. The EU Ambassador and the Mayor of Hrazdan, Aram Danielyan, welcomed everyone.

ARS_8395Świtalski was happy to see numerous people: ‘Hrazdan is hosting Europe Day celebrations for the first time. We are happy for the annual chance to tour Armenia and celebrate this holiday of peace and unity together. This year, we are dedicating the celebrations to young people. We have implemented many projects in Hrazdan, contributing to the renovation of a vocational education and training facility, the building of the Court of First Instance…we are also implementing a project on solid waste management. The EU is committed to working together with Armenia. I hope very much that these celebrations bring you joy’.

^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.