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_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.

Europe Day Celebrations in Armenia became an established tradition. Every year Armenians have had an opportunity to learn more about the EU-funded projects implemented in Armenia, take part in the events oraganised within the framework of the Europe Day Information Week, as well as familiarise with the European culture. Sunday, 24 May – the closing day of the information week – was full of events, fun and surprises.
Young people had a great opportunity to meet, ask and discuss questions with the European Ambassadors! Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from the EU Member States as well as the Head of the EU Delegation to 10568889_848486015205329_1331932510936320309_nArmenia Traian Hristea took part in the “Lunch with Ambassadors”.
The lunch was organised in a non-formal setting to ensure a friendly atmosphere and an active participation. During the lunch, participants walked around freely and interacted with the ambassadors, discussing matters they were interested in. The lunch area was decorated in accordance with member states’ culture and cuisine.
Ambassador Hristea made an opening of the event and later all the Ambassadors introduced themselves. “It is more informal event that leads us to the opening of the Information Fair which is continuation of our events dedicated to the Europe Day in Armenia. I would like to underline that this very informal event and you will have an opportunity to engage freely with each of us individually or in groups, as well as try some goods from our countries’ national cuisines”.
One of the participants of the lunch was Drnoyan Alexander who studied in Germany and now is back to Armenia. “I was very interested in this event because this is a unique opportunity. I did not have a chance like this before to meet Ambassadors, ask questions and learn about their rich experience. This is also a good opportunity to talk about cultures, find some similar things and learn about the differences. I think this meeting is a precious gift to all Armenian young people.
10460276_848523265201604_7049024719980838381_nAfter the meeting all the participants were invited to the Northern Avenue, where the Info Fair opening was assigned. The Information Fair was designed to host all the current EU projects to inform Armenian public of their existence, the work they have done over the years and the results these projects have produced. During the opening Ambassador Traian Hristea had his welcome speech. “Welcome to the Info Fair dedicated to EU-Armenia cooperation. On 9 May 1950 Robert Schuman called for peace and unity in Europe. Europe Day is an anniversary of Schuman’s declaration and to show how we overcome all the differences to shape our common future as well as to show our cooperation with 11264898_848522931868304_3918429605861575773_nour neighbours. This year’s celebrations are dedicated to the year of development. The Eastern Partnership summit in Riga just finished confirming once again that there is continuous interest in strong partnership with our neighbours and demonstrating our commitment to support them and their efforts towards achieving lasting peace, stability and increasing prosperity”.
1908129_848757995178131_7123434798347850042_nThe conclusion of the Info Fair took the form of a big at the Freedom Square with many artists participating both from Armenia and Europe. The EU Ambassador Train Hristea wished everybody to enjoy the concert. VJ Zyper who arrived in Armenia from France to join the celebrations of the Europe Day also took part in the concert. After his performance we had an interview and asked him about his impressions. “These people are amazing. You know I am from France, we have many big clubs, have big parties, festivals but it is nothing compared to this live concert, which is a real pleasure, real people, here you can see 100% of love, 100% of fun and this is everything. Whenever you want I will come back!”
10440994_848758505178080_8994825076634540529_nAnd all the people were waiting for the special guest of the concert – Danzel! “I had so many shows in Russia, in Kazakhstan and all over the world but this is my first time in Armenia. People here are very open, very warm and I would love to come back. The audience was great, full of energy, people were partying. My song “Pump it” was also a big hit here and everybody was singing with me. I am from Belgium and all of you are Armenians; I think it is good initiative to bring people together” – told us Danzel.
That is it for this year. See you next time on the occasion of an EU – Armenia cooperation event.