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1 December marked the end of a two-day working visit to Armenia made by the European Investment Bank‘s (EIB) Vice President, Vazil Hudak. Two new agreements with Armenian counterparts were signed.
In the morning, the Vice President met with the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, to discuss joint programmes and sign a loan agreement on energy efficiency. Thanks to the EIB funding, Yerevan will become greener and more energy efficient. An EIB loan worth €7 million will help the Yerevan Municipality to increase energy efficiency in kindergartens, lowering energy and maintenance costs as well as allowing for the reduction of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environmental Partnership (E5P) fund has allocated €5 million grant and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has granted €1 million to allow Yerevan to fulfil its promises and obligations towards energy efficiency.

^647CEFD4377B4D9331DCBB0CFDAD7CC99DE7A6554068870F80^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrLater, Vazik Hudak met with the Armenia’s Minister of Finance Vardan Aramyan, to discuss ways to enhance collaboration. They also signed a grant agreement to allow E5P to release €2 million for the Yerevan Solid Waste Project. Since 2015, the project has aimed to improve solid waste management in Yerevan through three components. The first component is the construction of a new sanitary landfill and auxiliary infrastructure. The new landfill, to be located near Nubarashen landfill (12 km away from the centre of Yerevan), will reduce negative impact of the existing non-sanitary landfill on the environment, public health and climate. The second component of the project covers the closure and rehabilitation of the existing landfill after the new landfill is put into operation. The third component will prepare and introduce systems and facilities that will increase recycling volumes by extending the life of the new landfill. The grant funds under this new agreement are envisaged to finance the second component of the project.
Funding allocation is as follows: €8m loan from the EIB; €8m loan and €1.9m technical assistance grant from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); €8m grant from the European Union through the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF); €0.5m grant from the Municipal Project Support Facility and €2m grant from the E5P.

^3A56217401DA0C3FC2180C50B83C742821401547B6267EE903^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrThe Vice President expressed his happiness over the opportunity to sign these agreements: ‘First of all let me speak about the loan agreement on energy efficiency. This is the first agreement between an international financial institution and the Municipality. So it is a historic moment, because, until now, only the Government or State was working with international financial institutions, like the EIB. Now, however, municipalities like Yerevan can work with us directly. This support will help energy efficiency in Yerevan over 3 years, and energy efficiency in kindergartens in the city will increase. As for the Yerevan Solid Waste Project, it involves both grants and loans. We are sure this project will be good for the city. The old landfill will be replaced by a new one; this means that people in Yerevan will have a brand new site which meets the highest-quality health standards. It will also aid waste-diversion measures in the surrounding regions’.

_V1A0241On 27 May the Europe Day celebrations reached their final stop: Northern Avenue, Yerevan. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, welcomed the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, to launch the final celebrations and addressed a large crowd in the centre of the city: ‘During Europe Day we celebrate the values, the foundations of the EU which link us with Armenia. We have done a big tour over the last three weeks. We started on 6 May here in Yerevan with the “Europe for Peace” concert. We then travelled throughout Armenia: Gymuri, Vanadzor, Dilijan, Kapan, Goris, and Yeghegnadzor. Today we have a closer meeting with the residents of Yerevan, a beautiful European city. I want to thank our member states embassies, the people involved in the implementation of our projects, and the team who organised these events for their hard work during the last month. We want to demonstrate to you that Armenia is very important to us. We want Armenians to learn what the EU is doing here – we are, by far, the biggest donor to Armenia and we want to make progress together. The atmosphere is good for our relations, for example, a few days ago, the EU-Armenia Cooperation Council took place in Brussels in a very friendly and constructive atmosphere. A very ambitious agenda has been charted for the future and I think it is good for Armenia. The EU will stay engage here and we will work hard to ensure you all benefit’.

ARS_3877The TmbaTa folk band from the TUMO Centre in Yerevan performed the Anthem of Europe to kick off the musical celebrations, while Ambassador Świtalski, Mayor Margaryan and other diplomats toured an information fair divided into several zones: EU4Business, EU4Agriculture, EU4Education, EU4CivilSociety, EU4HumanRights, EU4Youth, EU4Enviroment, EU4Energy and EU4Innovation. More than 50 EU-funded projects and EU member states embassies presented their activities.

_V1A0390Projects which attracted the most attention included the “Stop the Flow of Corruption” anti-corruption awareness campaign, which began on 1 February 2017, launched by the EU Delegation to Armenia. This campaign will continue throughout 2017 to raise awareness of the negative effects of corruption and to highlight the EU’s efforts in fighting against corruption in Armenia. Sergey Sargsyan from Arm Comedy and Marat Atovmyan from the Armenian Lawyers’ Association gave examples of the negative effects of corruption to the attendees.

_V1A1022Alongside the information fair there were award ceremonies for the ICMPD MIMBA photo exhibition, the #EUAroundU contest and the Europe Day Street workout performance. This involved a dance performance by “STRONG CSOs for a Stronger Armenia” project representatives and more performances by TmbaTa and the Armenian Progressive Youth band, as well as UFAR Tempus and Erasmus+ students. The Street Workout team organised a flash mob and invited people to join in their workout. The final concert involved performances by Polish singers Adryan Jan and Cesco, who filled Northern Avenue with nice music and dancing. To finish they performed a special new song dedicated to Armenia to show their love and respect to all Armenians.