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A high-level conference was held on 26-27 October, 2016 in Yerevan to celebrate 20 years of local government in Armenia. Representatives of central, regional and local authorities from across the Eastern Partnership (EaP) gathered in Armenia’s capital to launch new EU support initiatives for local sustainable development and economic growth in EaP.
The EU has officially launched the new “Mayors for Economic Growth initiative” (M4EG) and the second phase of the Covenant of Mayors East (CoM East), which target business and energy efficiency respectively. These actions are aimed at fostering cooperation between local authorities and civil society organisations to enhance accountability, exchange good practices, and strengthen municipalities’ capacity to be efficient and effective administrators and promoters of local development. By encouraging public-private partnerships, these initiatives are also expected to contribute to the creation of new job opportunities at the local level and increase GDP per capita growth.
The event was organised by the European Commission, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia, the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP), and CoM East.
14522809_1141089429278318_1092564134457294953_nThe Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, addressed conference participants, stressing the importance of effective and accountable local governance : ‘The European Union realises that the capacity of local authorities to be effective development players depends on the existence of effective relations with other levels of governance and conducive national frameworks. Local authorities are important agents which should have their own development agendas coherent with national policies. Regional development is essential, because the gap between Yerevan and the regions is high. The EU is trying to help Armenia narrow this gap’.
Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Davit Lokyan echoed the Ambassador’s sentiment: ‘Strengthening local democracy will create such conditions that will ensure more active participation in the formation of local authorities. Our goal is to have more vibrant communities, large and financially stable communities, and transparent and fair management at the local level to ensure that people are able to solve vital issues in cooperation with local government’.
The conference also marked the signing ceremony of 25 new local authorities from EaP countries joining the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. On the second day of the conference discussions focused on the prospects and benefits of a new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in EaP countries.

On 4 November 2014 a closing ceremony was held for the EU’s twinning project named “Support to the State Migration Service for the Strengthening of Migration Management in Armenia”. High-ranking officials from Sweden and Poland (the implementing EU Member States), the Armenian government, the EU Delegation to Armenia, and other diplomatic organisations were in attendance.
The principal beneficiary of this EU-funded project was the State Migration Service of the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration. It was launched on 7 August 2012 and consisted of 3 components: approximation of legislation, strengthening of migration management and asylum and migration data processing.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, elaborated on EU support in this field: ‘The EU attaches great importance to further developing migration flow management in Armenia. We provide key support and institutional capacity to manage migration as well as to facilitate legal migration and the re-integration of returned migrants into society. Today we mark the completion of the EU twinning project, implemented together with the State Migration Service. I am glad to see that this project brought Armenia closer to European legislation and best practices on migration’.  He added that migration would remain a priority area for the EU and that the EU would continue to support Armenia through the mobility partnership.
The Deputy Minister of the Territorial Administration spoke on the importance of reducing migration: ‘The Armenian government highly appreciates the effort to fight migration. In October 2011 the mobility partnership agreement was signed by 10 EU member states; the first practical activities within the scope of this agreement were launched in October 2013. While we have been actively engaged in migration-fighting programmes, no contribution has been made to promote immigration. This is where we needed the experience of European experts and professionals’.
The project was implemented by the Swedish Migration Board and the Polish Ministry of the Interior, and funded by the EU with a budget of €1 million.