Vanadzor and Gyumri host Europe Day | EUNewsletter

Vanadzor and Gyumri host Europe Day

18 May 2016
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Every year, Europe Day marks the anniversary of the historic signing of the Schuman Declaration. Europe celebrates this day of peace and unity with other countries. Building on the tradition of the last five years, the European Union Delegation to Armenia has again invited everybody to participate in the week surrounding Europe Day 2016. This year, Europe Day in Armenia is larger than ever before: celebrations will be held in five different marzes ending with final celebrations in Yerevan.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, visited new EU-funded community business initiatives and held official meetings in Jrashen and Vanadzor. He then opened the Europe Day celebrations, stressing the importance of young people’s participation: ‘This year is special because Armenia is celebrating 25 years of independence and also 25 years of cooperation with the EU. This year, the slogan of Europe Day is “EU for youth”. You are the future of your country – do not leave, stay here and make your country better. The EU will help you to modernise your country, we will continue our work in Vanadzor, in beautiful Lori region, to help to create more jobs, improve education, build infrastructure, and make your lives better. Enjoy the celebrations, the music and art, and feel European because Europe is bigger than just the EU’.
13239395_1024657984254797_7846088451343054478_nDespite the rain, citizens of Vanadzor gathered in Hayq Square to enjoy the celebrations and performances of the artists and stayed for the entire duration of the concert programme. At the end of the concert, three winners of a special quiz dedicated to EU-Armenia cooperation were announced. Hayk Ghazaryan from Vanadzor won the grand prize – an ArmTab.
The next Europe Day celebrations took place on 15 May 2016 in Shirak region where Ambassador Świtalski also held official meetings. These meetings were followed by passionate discussions with Varditer Gasparyan, Akhurik Village Councillor, about the importance of increasing day-care options in rural areas to promote women in politics and in the business sector.
13237795_1024660580921204_8033867778539497143_nFollowing the official visits, Europe Day celebrations reached the cultural capital of Armenia – Gyumri. The Ambassador and his team attended a Europe Day concert on Theatre Square in the city centre, where he again spoke about the importance of youth to Armenia’s development: ‘I salute Gyumri – a city which arose from the ashes of a tragic earthquake; a city of artists, painters, actors; the cultural capital of Armenia. Gyumri is the most European of Armenian cities, not only because soon it will have a “Europe Square”, but mainly because of its free spirit, which is so European. This year’s Europe Day is dedicated to the young generation – through our projects we want to help youngsters to realise their dreams in their country and not to look for a better life abroad. I am very happy to see so many young people here’.
The large audience covered all ages, young people, families and the elderly, who enjoyed the performances of Armenian artists and even got their bodies moving with the “Street Workout” show. Prizes were also awarded to the winners of the Europe Day quiz in Gyumri.

Vanadzor and Gyumri host Europe Day

Every year, Europe Day marks the anniversary of the historic signing of the Schuman Declaration. Europe celebrates this day of peace and unity with other countries. Building on the tradition of the last five years, the European Union Delegation to Armenia has again invited everybody to participate in the week surrounding Europe Day 2016. This year, Europe Day in Armenia is larger than ever before: celebrations will be held in five different marzes ending with final celebrations in Yerevan. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, visited new EU-funded community business initiatives and held official meetings in Jrashen and Vanadzor. He then opened the Europe Day celebrations, stressing the importance of young people’s participation: ‘This year is special because Armenia is celebrating 25 years of independence and also 25 years of cooperation with the EU. This year, the slogan of Europe Day is “EU for youth”. You are the future of your country – do not leave, stay here and make your country better. The EU will help you to modernise your country, we will continue our work in Vanadzor, in beautiful Lori region, to help to create more jobs, improve education, build infrastructure, and make your lives better. Enjoy the celebrations, the music and art, and feel European because Europe is bigger than just the EU’. 13239395_1024657984254797_7846088451343054478_nDespite the rain, citizens of Vanadzor gathered in Hayq Square to enjoy the celebrations and performances of the artists and stayed for the entire duration of the concert programme. At the end of the concert, three winners of a special quiz dedicated to EU-Armenia cooperation were announced. Hayk Ghazaryan from Vanadzor won the grand prize – an ArmTab. The next Europe Day celebrations took place on 15 May 2016 in Shirak region where Ambassador Świtalski also held official meetings. These meetings were followed by passionate discussions with Varditer Gasparyan, Akhurik Village Councillor, about the importance of increasing day-care options in rural areas to promote women in politics and in the business sector. 13237795_1024660580921204_8033867778539497143_nFollowing the official visits, Europe Day celebrations reached the cultural capital of Armenia - Gyumri. The Ambassador and his team attended a Europe Day concert on Theatre Square in the city centre, where he again spoke about the importance of youth to Armenia’s development: ‘I salute Gyumri – a city which arose from the ashes of a tragic earthquake; a city of artists, painters, actors; the cultural capital of Armenia. Gyumri is the most European of Armenian cities, not only because soon it will have a “Europe Square”, but mainly because of its free spirit, which is so European. This year’s Europe Day is dedicated to the young generation – through our projects we want to help youngsters to realise their dreams in their country and not to look for a better life abroad. I am very happy to see so many young people here’. The large audience covered all ages, young people, families and the elderly, who enjoyed the performances of Armenian artists and even got their bodies moving with the “Street Workout” show. Prizes were also awarded to the winners of the Europe Day quiz in Gyumri.