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On 13 April the “EU4Civil Society: Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities” project was officially launched. The Armenian National Social Housing Association (ASBA), together with partners from Holland, Germany, and Czech Republic, will implement the project to address energy poverty in rural communities by increasing awareness, improving energy use. The two-year project has a total budget of €372,231, of which EU contribution is €335,000.
Energy poverty is a growing problem in Armenia, especially in rural areas. A recent study done by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe suggests that at least 30% of the Armenian population can be considered energy poor, i.e. they have to spend more than 50% of total family income on energy and heating. Local civic groups and organisations lack the knowledge and resources to support communities address energy poverty. Therefore, this project will build the capacities of regional NGOs and media from five Armenian marzes to work with urban and rural communities to improve energy efficiency in each location. Local civil society organisations and community groups will increase awareness among their populations on energy-efficiency methods and practices, mobilise community resources, and engage in effective partnership with local municipalities and private companies to improve energy efficiency.
The Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Gregory Tsouris, and the Armenia’s First Deputy Minister Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia, Vache Terteryan participated in the launch event and held opening speeches.

ARS_6431Tsouris highlighted the steps Armenia was taking to improve energy efficiency: ’Energy efficiency is one of the priorities of cooperation between the European Union and Armenia. Energy efficiency has a place in the recently signed EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA), underpinned and strengthened by various initiatives. This project will play an important role in improving the situation, as energy poverty is a growing problem. This project will have a concrete impact on communities and families in the Armenian regions. The small grants component of the project will fund community-led energy-efficiency steps that will reduce the energy bills of local families’.

ARS_6365First Deputy Minister Terteryan presented the current situation: ’The goal of political, economic and social reforms in Armenia is to improve citizens’ living and social conditions. In order to solve Armenia’s energy deficit, it is important that every citizen, family, and community clearly imagines and can bring about an energy-efficient life and culture. From this point of view, ASBA and its partner organisations’ new initiative is welcome. I am sure that the successful experience of the project will also be extended beyond the five target areas to other communities in Armenia’.

On 16 June, Gyumri hosted the conclusion of the Eastern Partnership Armenia-Georgia Territorial Cooperation Programme. The event had two parts: the final meeting of the joint decision making committee, and a final conference to present achievements and discuss the future of territorial cooperation.An exhibition of projects implemented within the programme in 2015-2017 was also held during the event.

DSC_7056Territorial cooperation programmes open up opportunities for Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries to identify and jointly address common challenges in their border regions. The overall objective of the programme is to ensure sustainable territorial cooperation between border regions to benefit their social and economic development, as well as strengthen cross-border contacts between local authorities, communities and civil society organisations to be able to develop joint solutions to common social and economic challenges. EaPTC addresses local and regional development in four border areas: Armenia-Georgia, Azerbaijan-Georgia, Belarus-Ukraine, and Moldova-Ukraine. EU funding for the Armenia-Georgia territorial cooperation programme is €1.35 million.
The Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Gregory Tsouris, the First Deputy Minister of Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia, Vache Terteryan, and the Deputy Minister of Georgian Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Irakli Matkava, held a press conference to announce the results.

DSC_7401Tsouris thanked all the actors that participated in the successful implementation of the project: ‘Territorial cooperation between countries is one of the key aspects of the EU as a vector for cooperation, for stability, for new opportunities, for networks of people, businesses, and solutions for common problems. I think it is important to stress that this programme has been successful. Around us at the exhibition we see very important projects. They have huge potential for additional partnership and I think that people-to-people contact will provide many new opportunities in very near future’.

DSC_7377Terteryan stated that the programme had improved mutual understanding between Georgia and Armenia, establishing business contacts and new cooperation projects: ‘These projects are small, but the results and enthusiasm are great. They are innovative and ambitious. We can be proud of the significant achievements that have contributed to the development of border regions and brought benefits to communities. I am sure the programme will be an important stimulus for further development of regional cooperation’.

DSC_7393Matkava thanked his hosts for their hospitality and cooperation: ‘The projects presented here are the results of excellent cooperation between Armenia and Georgia through this programme. Our people want to implement many interesting and innovative ideas; we, as governments, have to support this however we can. I think that there is strong commitment on both sides to continue this cooperation, of course with the assistance of our European friends’.