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^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.

Every year, on 9 May, Europe celebrates Europe Day: the celebration of peace and unity. 9 May marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman deceleration’ and EU institutions celebrate by opening their doors to the public in early May in Brussels and Strasbourg. Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of events, giving the opportunity to thousands of people to take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events and raise awareness about the EU.
The EU Delegation to Armenia also joins these celebrations. This year the Europe Day celebrations are entitled ‘The European Union for Armenia’ and will be held in seven different cities. The concluding celebration will be held in Yerevan. These celebrations will present EU-supported projects in Armenia, developments in the EU-Armenia relationship, as well as European values and culture, with a particular focus on youth.

ARS_5343On 6 May, Europe Day celebrations were officially launched. In the morning, Serzh Sargsyan, the Armenian President, visited the EU Delegation to Armenia and congratulated its staff on the occasion of Europe Day. President Sargsyan held a meeting with the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, during which they discussed EU-Armenia relations and cooperation.

ARS_5444After the official meeting, cultural celebrations began with the “Europe for Peace” concert of classical concert. The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra performed alongside the “Children of Armenia” Choir and students from art schools across the country. Prior to the concert, pupils of different art schools of Armenian marzes had created paintings associated which used Europe and peace as their inspiration. Selected paintings from 98 art schools were exhibited in the lobby of Aram Khachaturian concert hall for three days as well as were later screened during the concert. Ambassador Piotr Świtalski and Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian also attended the concert.

ARS_5616The Ambassador Świtalski made his Europe Day opening speech in Armenian: ‘Europe Day is about peace, freedom, solidarity, and justice. Europe and Armenia are linked closely; this celebration is joint. The European Union will continue to act in Armenia so that Armenians can benefit. I want to use this opportunity to thank all our partners for working together with us. Finally I want to thank the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra for organising this wonderful concert and the Armenian children for attending’.

ARS_5634Minister Nalbandian praised the EU-Armenia relationship: ‘Since independence, Armenia has built strong relations with the EU based on efficient cooperation and mutual respect. With EU assistance we have implemented reforms in a number of sectors, most notably in public administration, justice, the electoral system, and many others. These strengthen the fundamental freedoms and welfare of our society. Many joint programmes are still being implemented, and many will be implemented in the future. After the victory over Nazism in the Second World War, Europe has become characterised by peace, solidarity and sustainable development. Europe Day signifies this high value system and we are paying tribute’.
After the concert the painters of the selected works received certificates and symbolic gifts from the EU Delegation.
On 8 May, within the framework of Europe Day celebrations in Armenia, “I meet with the European Ambassadors” event took place. Armenian youth had the opportunity to meet and discuss different topics with European Ambassadors.