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On 19 April 2016, a new EU-funded project on migration and border management was launched. The project is designed to further strengthen migration and border management in Armenia and bring it closer to European standards. More precisely, the project will increase efficiency at border crossing points, facilitate trade, and support possible visa liberalisation dialogue between the EU and Armenia, if and when agreed politically.
The new project is implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development in partnership with UNDP. The head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, attended the conference and stressed the project’s importance: ‘This project is important on different levels; the Caucasus is a historical, traditional, strategically important crossroads for entering Europe. The current migration crisis affecting Europe does not include this region; however, Armenia and other countries of the region strategically constitute a natural corridor to Europe”. He also stressed that new migration flows are likely to emerge and could affect the region due to the age of migration and the current crisis is only one of its manifestations.
13006681_1009508885769707_4255126660990089237_nThe EU Ambassador also shared why there is a direct link between migration and border management in Europe and in countries such as Armenia: “Migration is a challenge – Europe needs to find a solution, integrate migrants of different origins. Therefore, the EU is supporting projects aimed at discussing and solving migration challenges both within and beyond Europe. Of importance to Armenia, the EU is helping the Armenian and Georgian authorities modernise border crossings; we want to continue our support further south as well. Friendly and efficient border crossings are very important for Armenia, as it they should open up opportunities to profit from greater contact with neighbouring states. Unfortunately, today, Armenia is in this partial isolation due to border issues with Turkey and Azerbaijan. The EU will continue to promote friendly and accessible borders due to the importance of economic development and people-to-people contact. The EU is currently investing more than €10 million to assist Armenia in migration and other related phenomena. More than 20,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Armenia; the EU has for some time funded a project to support them. Armenia can apply for additional funding to prolong this initiative. We hope that Armenia will continue to be a migrant-friendly country, that it will promote traditional values of tolerance, and help other people coming here to feel at home’.
13006560_1009508555769740_3505740207835340316_nAram Tananyan, Head of Staff of the Armenian National Security Council, thanked the EU for its support: ‘We are here today to launch a project on border management and security. This is not the first project to concentrate on this issue; however, it is the first to include additional focus on migration and relevant legal and non-legal issues. We have discussed all the details with our partners from the EU to ensure results aligned with EU standards’.
The conference focused on Armenia’s migration and border management priorities, addressing the importance of trade corridors and presenting the project strategy and objectives. Key project outputs include assistance to the preparation of the EU-Armenia visa liberalisation dialogue, greater inter-agency cooperation through the extension of “integrated border management” into the Armenian border management system, and the development of a tender process to improve the Meghri border crossing point. ¬

Prevention, preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters (PPRD) in the EaP countries- PPRD East 2 national advisory group meeting took place on 21 April 2015. The PPRD East 2 Programme is an EU-funded regional initiative with € 5.5 million budget. The project is aimed at increasing disaster risk management capacities of Eastern partnership societies and improving protection of populations from the negative consequences of man-made and disasters caused by natural hazards.
2Z4A9680Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, talked about improvements of the risk management. “We are here today to ensure that Armenian people, who have been through so many crises for centuries, are prepared when they face different types of risk. The EU is very proud to support this project. For us, risk preparedness and preparedness for unpredictable situations is a key to ensure the growth of Armenia, and be sure that Armenian citizens live in a peaceful place”.
As a regional project it includes Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Ukraine. The second phase of the project – December 2014/ November 2018 – is built on the achievements of Phase 1, focusing its efforts on:
• approximation to the EU legislation and disaster risk management good practices such as EU Floods Directive and EU Civil Protection policies;
• strengthening civil protection capacities of Partner countries through joint trainings and exercises,
• further development and practical use of the electronic regional risk atlas,
• raising awareness about disasters;
• establishing better cooperation with the EU Civil protection mechanism and its participating states.
PPRD East 2 will work at regional and national level. At regional level, PPRD East 2 will promote the EU approaches to disaster risk management and civil protection good practices including tools and methods for building a regional capability for responding to disaster. Activities at national level will be demand-driven and will reflect national disaster risk management priorities and civil protection policy. In particular, they will focus on approximation of the Partner countries’ legal and institutional frameworks to relevant EU legislation, policies and good practices in the relevant fields.

On 19 December a loan and grant agreement was signed between the Ministry of Finance and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) at the premises of Armenian Ministry of Finance. In accordance with the agreement the EBRD will provide a €3.5 million loan to the Armenian government within the framework of “Solid waste management programme in Kotayk Marz”. Additionally, the Minister of Finance Gagik Khachatryan and Head of the EBRD Mark Davis signed a €3.5 million grant agreement, which will be provided through the EU Neighbourhood Investment Instrument.

Within the scope of the programme another €1.07 million will be contributed as technical support. This programme aims at improving solid waste management in Kotayk marz and city of Sevan. During the implementation of the progarmme a new rubbish dump will be built and necessary equipment will be purchased that includes garbage collecting trucks, garbage containers. As a part of technical assistance a number of environmental and social supplementary researches, purchase assistance, etc.