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On 26 May Kapan celebrated Europe Day in the sun. People gathered under the values of peace and unity on Garegin Nzhdeh Square for music, dance, theatre, and prizes. Before the start of the celebrations, a presentation on the “Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste” (IES) project was made. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, and the Deputy Mayor of Kapan, Romik Sargsyan, were among the audience.

797A0261For the first time in Armenia, a start-up recycling facility will be established in Kapan, Syunik marz, which will process plastic waste into building materials. To supply the start-up with enough plastic waste, the project will create infrastructure for its separation and collect plastics from Yeghegnadzor to Meghri, including 9 communities in Vayots Dzor and Syunik marzes. The first batch of curbstones and street tiles created will be used to improve public spaces in those communities involved. The two-year project has a total budget of €749,963 (the EU contribution is €509,978).

ARS_4414In his speech the EU Ambassador highlighted that this year Europe Day celebrations had taken on a lighter, festive character: ‘We are so glad to be here again and celebrate Europe Day. This place is very symbolic for us – we consider Kapan to be the southeastern gate to Europe. Coming to Kapan is a must for us in our road map. Just a while ago I was introduced to a new project which was launched in Kapan concerning plastic waste processing. The EU is happy to be helpful in cleaning up the environment and creating new jobs. This is only the beginning – there will be more projects like this in Kapan and elsewhere in Syunik marz’.

797A0540Deputy Mayor Sargsyan welcomed citizens and guests to the celebrations: ‘Europe has been in Kapan for a long time. We have been cooperating with the European Union for many years. We acknowledge the ecological problems in Syunik marz and are now implementing a project to separate plastic from waste and benefit from this. We already have a garbage truck and rubbish bins for plastic in Kapan. Thanks to the ecological component of the project, we will keep our city clean. The social component will create jobs and create a new culture. I am confident that our joint efforts will yield wonderful results’.

ARS_5633On the next day the last regional Europe Day celebration took place in Yeghegnadzor. Residents of Vayots Dzor marz gathered in the city’s amphitheatre to participate in different activities: enjoy good music and dance, participate in various competitions, win surprise gifts, and taste different European dishes.  Ambassador Świtalski and the Mayor of Yeghegnadzor, Davit Harutyunyan, welcomed the guests and gave their congratulations for Europe Day.

ARS_5333Ambassador Świtalski thanked the Mayor and his team for hosting the event: ‘Thank you so much for coming and sharing with us the joy of Europe Day. It is an honour to be in Yeghegnadzor on the eve of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. Let me congratulate Armenia and its citizens on this occasion. The motto of this year’s celebration is “Europe is here”. Europe is indeed very much in Yeghegnadzor. We want to conduct more projects in this beautiful city and this marz. We feel very much at home here thanks to your hospitality’.

ARS_5345Mayor Harutyunyan thanked the EU Delegation for celebrating Europe Day in Yeghegnadzor: ‘I am full of joy that Europe Day is being celebrated in our city for the second year in a row. It is lovely that our citizens have had the opportunity to get acquainted with EU-funded projects. I hope our future cooperation will continue to be effective and that we will be able to implement projects in different areas’.

Southern Armenia has hosted Europe Day events, with the EU Delegation stopping for celebrations in Kapan and Goris (Syunik marz), and Yeghegnadzor (Vayots Dzor marz).

Kapan

11On 19 May Kapan welcomed its guests with sunny weather. In the morning, the Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Gregory Tsouris, held a meeting with Ashot Hayrapetyan, the Mayor of Kapan. The meeting was followed by an Information Fair on Garegin Nzhdeh Square. Nearly 10 stalls presented EU-funded projects to the residents of Kapan. A DJ provided music while people used this opportunity to learn more about the European Union and its activities; their children enjoyed themselves in a special booth for kids. Tsouris and Hayrapetyan also toured the booths and welcomed guests.

1Tsouris introduced the concept of Europe Day to Kapan residents: ‘It is a great pleasure to be in Kapan. We are celebrating Europe Day here for the second time. Europe Day is an important milestone for all Europeans; it is a day to celebrate our common values. You have the opportunity to see some of the projects we are implementing in Armenia. It is also an opportunity to discuss our cooperation and speak about the future. I want to thank the Mayor for the support we received organising the celebration and for the warm welcome’.

111Mayor Hayrapetyan was grateful that Kapan had been included: ‘It is an honour for us to implement projects in Kapan with the help of the European Union. Now we have a two-year project which started in January. Plastic waste will start being used in construction in Kapan – plastic waste will be a raw material. As a result, we will establish a culture of sorting plastic waste and find opportunities to benefit from it. The EU’s support is great and we hope to have more ambitious projects’.

The children of Kapan’s Aram Khachaturian music school performed the Anthem of Europe to get the crowd for special guests Hayk Petorsyan and Masha Mnjoyan, who made sure the people of Kapan enjoyed the concert.

Goris

2On 20 May, Europe Day reached another city in Syunik Marz. The morning started with a meeting between the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, and Vachagan Adunts, the Mayor of Goris. Grigor Tatevatsi Square hosted an Information Fair in windy, stormy weather. However, the weather swiftly turned and nearly 10 stalls then presented EU-funded projects to adults, while local children learned about the EU through drawing and other games. Soon they were joined by Ambassador Świtalski and Mayor Adunts.

22Ambassador Świtalski introduced Europe Day to the people of Goris: ‘We are happy to be in this beautiful garden town, where the most delicious beans are grown, to celebrate Europe Day together. There are several dimensions to these celebrations: firstly, we want Armenia to feel a part of the wider European family, as Europe Day is celebrated in all member states of the EU, as well as our neighbours. Secondly, we want to present the EU flag and our activities to people all over Armenia. Therefore, it is a great occasion for us to come to beautiful towns like Goris, show what we do in Armenia, and invite you to be more active in our projects. Thirdly, we want to promote different types of activity like music and sport’.

The anthem of Europe was performed before Hayk Petrosyan and Masha Mnjoyan. Despite the wet weather, the crowd filled the square to dance and sing along. While people were singing and dancing in the square, Ambassador Switalski and the mayor launched the European Night of Museums. The EU Delegation to Armenia opened an exhibition of paintings from the #Europe4Peace project at the Aksel Bakunts House Museum.

222The Ambassador highlighted the importance of the European Night of Museums: ‘It is very important that Armenia participates in this Europewide movement of museum nights. The initiative started in 2005 in France and was picked up by a number of international organisations, including the Council of Europe. At that time I was working with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. I never thought this beautiful initiative would spread so far to one day be embraced Armenia. We normally associate museums with buildings where old artefacts are stationed; but in fact museums are centres of learning’.

For #Europe4Peace pupils from art schools in Armenia were invited to create topical paintings associated with Europe and peace. Final selected paintings from 98 schools, including from Goris, were selected by a non-official jury. These paintings were first displayed during the Europe Day classical concert on 6 May, which opened Europe Day celebrations in Armenia.

Yeghegnadzor

On 21 May Yeghegnadzor was excited to host Europe Day for the first time. Celebrations started with an Information Fair at the Yeghegnadzor amphitheatre. More than 10 stalls presented EU-funded projects, giving visitors the opportunity to discover Europe, the European Union, and its projects in Armenia. Ambassador Świtalski and the Mayor of Yeghegnadzor, Davit Harutyunyan, also visited the booths.

3The Ambassador celebrated Yeghenadzor’s inclusion in the celebrations: ‘It is the first time that the EU has come to Yeghegnadzor to celebrate Europe Day. I hope that we are starting a beautiful tradition. I wanted to greet the citizens of the town, in particular the young generation. For us, Yeghegnadzor is a city of kind and hospitable people, the capital of Vayots Dzor, the smallest marz in Armenia, but with the biggest heart. We are grateful that we can celebrate Europe Day here in Armenia together. We fell at home here and invite you to enjoy this day, a day of joy’.

After the Anthem of Europe the Information Fair was followed by an open-air concert with Hayk Petrosyan and Masha Mnjoyan.