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‘We will not stay silent’: Members of Voice of Artsakh Mothers initiative meet with head of EU delegation to Armenia Andrea Victorin

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 27 October 2020

Members of the Voice of Artsakh Mothers initiative Liana Adamyan, Eva Safaryan, and Siranooysh Sargsyan met with the head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Victorin. After their hour-long meeting with the ambassador, the women said that they had a “warm, personal, feminine, and diplomatic discussion.” The women presented their letter and demand to the ambassador, which they are also presenting to different embassies and international organizations in Armenia. The demand is...


Fostering ethical and legal frameworks for the research and development of neurotechnology

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 23 October 2020

By adopting a resolution today, based on the report by Olivier Becht (France, ALDE), the Standing Committee recommended “a sensitive and calibrated approach to regulation of emerging neurotechnology”, including brain-computer interfaces (BCI), encompassing ethical frameworks and binding legal regulation.

“The potential benefits of neurotechnology are huge, particularly in the medical field,” the parliamentarians stressed, but it should be developed with respect for human rights and...


Сегодняшняя нестабильность на Южном Кавказе — завтрашняя в Европе: Татевик Айрапетян в ПАСЕ

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 23 October 2020

Турция говорит о борьбе с терроризмом, в то время как сама в данный момент направляет террористов в регион для войны с армянами. Как сообщает «Арменпресс», об этом в ПАСЕ заявила депутат фракции “Мой шаг” Национального собрания Армении Татевик Айрапетян при обсуждении отчета: “Новые давления на политическую оппозицию и гражданское общество в Турции. Необходимость соответствия стандартам Совета Европы”.

“Неудивительно, что азербайджанские депутаты при защите Турции более активны, чем...


Комиссия НС дала положительное заключение по новому кредитному соглашению стоимостью 17 млн 900 тысяч евро

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 23 October 2020

Постоянная комиссия по финансово-кредитным и бюджетным вопросам Национального Собрания дала положительное заключение по кредитному соглашению “Дополнительное финансирование Программы социальных инвестиций и местного развития”, подписанного между Республикой Армения и Международным банком реконструкции и развития 21 апреля этого года.

Соглашение предусматривает выделить Армении дополнительно 17 млн 900 тыс.евро.

Представлявший документ замминистра территориального управления и...


Setting up a European network of police forces

Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 22 October 2020

At a conference on the role of the police in a democratic society attended by high-level representatives of European Ministers of the Interior on 20 and 21 October, the Council of Europe proposed to set up its own permanent high-level network of the police forces of the 47 member states.

Some 90 police officers and experts attended, and discussed issues such as the recruitment and training of law enforcement officers, the role and place of women in the police, and the responsibility...


Efficiency and quality of justice in Europe: 2020 report

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 22 October 2020

A new report has identified a number of broad trends across judicial systems in 45 European countries. Among the findings of the eighth evaluation report drawn up by the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ):

For the first time, the CEPEJ Evaluation Report contains country profiles which also allow the reader to situate his or her country in relation to other European countries.

The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency...


‘To live together peacefully in today’s Europe, we must use the rule of law to fight hate and protect fundamental freedoms’

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 22 October 2020

“The horrendous murder of French teacher Samuel Paty on the outskirts of Paris, currently investigated as an act of terrorism, is not only an abominable crime, but also an attack against freedom of expression and peaceful living together, in France and the whole of Europe”, said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), General Rapporteur on Combating Racism and Intolerance of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“I join the Secretary General of the Council of...


Такая оценка Армении может слишком дорого стоить Европе

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 21 October 2020

Президент Армении Армен Саркисян совершает визит в Брюссель и по собственной инициативе уже встретился с генсеком НАТО Йенсем Столтенбергом, европейскими лидерами, в том числе, президентом ЕС Жаном Мишелем.

Сам по себе тот факт, что встречи происходят по инициативе армянского президента, говорит о том, что высокие чиновники согласовали армянскую инициативу со своими графиками.

Хотя эти встречи нужны не только Армении, которая столкнулась на Кавказе с развязанной Турцией...


Connectivity between Europe and Asia is even more fundamental in times of social distancing

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 21 October 2020

Connectivity brings countries, people, and societies closer together, linking culture and trade. It takes many forms, from digital to financial, to transport and energy.

How can we benefit in a sustainable way from the vast potential of the trade, human, economic, and cultural ties between Europe and Asia?  And how can the links and cooperation between Asia and Europe help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

These are some of the questions addressed by AESCON, the Asia...


Armenian President visits Brussels to meet NATO and EU chiefs

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 21 October 2020

President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia has departed for Brussels where he is scheduled to have meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, President of the European Council Charles Michel and a number of other high level officials.

The meetings will take place at the initiative of President Sarkissian, his office said.

Sarkissian will discuss the ongoing war of aggression...


EU experts to advise Armenian colleagues on environmental risk management

Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 20 October 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. From 29 October to 4 November, experts from Spain will meet online with representatives from Armenia’s Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body.

The aim of the video conference is to provide guidance on strengthening the institution’s capacity on inspection and control in the area of environmental risk management. The Spanish experts will also offer advice on best practice, and relevant EU legislation and standards, with a focus on methodology, tools and...


‘The international recognition of the Republic of Artsakh is urgent’: Protests by EU Delegation Office

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 20 October 2020

Women’s rights organizations have organized protests by a number of accredited embassies in Armenia urging governments and parliaments to recognize the right to self-determination of the people of Artsakh as the only lasting and reliable guarantee of the right to life and security of the Armenian people living in Artsakh. Among the protesters were women from Artsakh who were forced to leave due to hostilities and the targeting of civilians. Their husbands and other relatives are at the...


EU renews its sanctions regime against ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida until 31 October 2021

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 20 October 2020

The Council today renewed the EU sanctions regime against ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida and the related list of people subject to restrictive measures for another year until 31 October 2021. The decision was taken in light of the ongoing terrorist threat.

EU sanctions consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for individuals, and an asset freeze for groups and entities. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds and economic resources available to...


Protester: EU ambassador to Armenia said all facts proving Azerbaijan's war crimes are being recorded

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 20 October 2020


Demonstrator: EU ambassador’s reception was at quite high level

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 20 October 2020


Demonstration is held outside office of EU delegation to Armenia

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 20 October 2020


Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta vetoed EU sanctions against Turkey

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 19 October 2020

Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta vetoed EU sanctions against Turkey due to fears of illegal immigration and economic reasons, Greek City Times informed. During the summit Greece was supported by France Austria and Slovenia.


Boris Navasardyan: ‘The Armenian Armed Forces are the only factor that allows the EU to save face’

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 19 October 2020

It is the 23rd day of the war launched against Artsakh by Turkey and Azerbaijan, but international organizations, especially the EU and the UN Office in Armenia, have not made any active steps. Armenians in Armenia and other countries are protesting with the demands of condemning Turkey and Azerbaijan and forcing them to stop their aggression and war crimes.

In an interview with Aravot Daily, the president of the Yerevan Press Club and former coordinator of the Armenian national...