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European Friends of Armenia celebrates its 10th anniversary

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 05 December 2019

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) hosted a cocktail reception at its premises in Brussels to celebrate its founding and to welcome some new team members.

The event was attended by several friends and partners of EuFoA, representatives of the EU institutions, civil society, the media, and the diplomatic corps, including H.E. Mr Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Belgium and Head of the Armenian Mission to the European...


Eastern Neighbourhood: Multi-country workshop on EU Plastics Strategy and single-use plastics

Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 04 December 2019

On 10–11 December, representatives from a number of countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will visit Slovakia to discuss the EU Plastics Strategy and single-use plastics.

The aim of the workshop is to provide advice and guidance to the representatives of the beneficiaries with regard to the new legislative framework related to the EU strategy for plastic waste, the Single-Use Plastics Directive and Directive 2019/94 on the...


Second European Film Festival takes place in Armenia

Culture and Media

Armenia, Published on: 04 December 2019

EU NEIGHBOURS. On 2 December, Komitas Museum-Institute in the Armenian capital of Yerevan hosted the closing and award ceremony of the country’s second European Film Festival. The festival’s main award, “Woman in Motion”, was granted to film director Silva Khnkanosyan for her film “Nothing to be Afraid of”.

The event took place from 10 November to 2 December, with films screened in four Armenian cities: Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor and Dilijan.

This year, the main screenings...


EU expert mission on biodiversity protection in Armenia

Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 04 December 2019

EU NEIGHBOURS . From 9 to 13 December, an expert from Portugal will visit Armenia to provide assistance to the country’s Ministry of Nature Protection on the legislative framework for the protection of biodiversity.

During the mission, the expert will review the current laws on flora and fauna. He will also analyse and compare the current laws with the Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora for effective management in the...


New EU High Representative Josep Borrell attends Climate Change Conference

Environment and climate change, Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 03 December 2019

Today marks the first day of United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP25, taking place in Madrid until 13 December. It is also one of the first activities for Josep Borrell in his role as EU High Representative.

“The EU is taking responsibility to tackle climate change but to have a global impact, we need collective action. I want to make climate action a key priority in our cooperation with partner countries. We want to work with everybody – from the biggest emmitters, which need...


Armenia, European Development Bank to Increase Cooperation

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 03 December 2019

Armenian Deputy Minister of Economy Varos Simonyan today, in Yerevan, met with Olga Komarova, Deputy Chairman of the Governing Council of the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and the two discussed future EDP-Armenia cooperation prospects.

The meeting was attended by EDB Board Member, Managing Director of Assets and Liabilities Dmitry Ladikov-Roev; Director of the Bank's Yerevan Office Armen Melkikyan; Adviser to the Minister of Economy Avetis Hovhannisyan; Head of the Eurasian Economic...


A stronger European Union within a better, greener and safer world – key principles that will be guiding my mandate. Josep Borrell Fontelles

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 01 December 2019

I am privileged and honoured to take up the role of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

I am privileged and honoured to take up the role of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. In an increasingly contested and complex world, the responsibility of steering our common foreign policy is one that I do not...


The EU supports local authorities in implementing sustainable energy policies, improving the security of energy supply

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 01 December 2019

The EU Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin participated in the closing ceremony of the EU-funded “Access to Renewable and Efficient Energy in Municipalities Vayk and Spitak” project, implemented by Habitat Armenia in partnership with Spitak and Vayk municipalities. In her welcoming remarks, the Ambassador highlighted that Energy Efficiency is one of the priority areas of the European Union’s support in Armenia.

The EU supports local authorities in implementing sustainable energy policies,...


“Stronger together”: The EU and Armenia celebrate two-year anniversary of enhanced relations

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 30 November 2019

European Union. This week, the EU and Armenia celebrated the second anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The celebrations featured an inclusive fashion show, where people with disabilities together with Armenian models and celebrities showcased works of Armenian designers. It was labelled “Stronger Together”, highlighting the mutual benefits brought by close cooperation between the EU and Armenia.

Among the contributors to the...


EU Parliament declares 'climate emergency'

Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 29 November 2019


Continuity of Armenia-European Union Partnership highlighted

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 28 November 2019

On November 27, the Chair and the members of the RA NA Standing Committee on European Integration met with Lawrence Meredith, Director of European Commission’s Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Accession Negotiations, who is in Armenia on a working visit and with the representatives of the EU Delegation to Armenia headed by Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin.

Welcoming the guests in the National Assembly Arman Yeghoyan, the Committee Chair has highlighted the continuation of Armenia-...


EU supports discussion with Armenian youth on active citizenship

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 28 November 2019

EU NEIGHBOURS. On 27 November, Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East and Institution Building at the European Commission, together with the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, led a brainstorming session with young people in Armenia on the opportunities for and challenges around the transition from school to work and active citizenship.

The event, which took place in Yerevan, was also a chance to find out how young people see the future of EU...


EU-Armenia Investment Forum planned to be held in Europe in 2020

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 28 November 2019


Young European Ambassadors to travel around Yerevan in a coffee truck to highlight human rights issues

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 27 November 2019

EU NEIGHBOURS. On 1 December, Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) from Armenia will take a ‘human rights coffee truck ride’ through the streets of the country’s capital of Yerevan. The truck was created with EU support within the ‘iMigrant Armenia’ project.

The YEAs will offer free coffee to passers-by in special cups with messages related to human rights, and will discuss fundamental human rights with Armenian people.

Through this creative initiative, the YEAs will mark...


European Commission representative: Armenia's economic potential lies in human resources

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 27 November 2019


Come to talk about human rights over the cup of coffee – Young European Ambassadors to run “Human Rights Coffee Truck Ride” in Yerevan

Youth

Armenia, Published on: 27 November 2019

On 1 December, 2019, Young European Ambassadors will bring “Human Rights Coffee Truck Ride” to the streets of Yerevan. Young people will offer free coffee cup with special QR code, featuring human rights related messages and have small talks on fundamental rights and why they are important for Armenian people. All interested invited to join this action, express own opinion on right to life, right to work, to marry, freedom of speech – and get free cup of coffee!

The coffee truck...


EU delegation head: Armenia has good food production capacity

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 27 November 2019


Slovenia ratifies Armenia-EU CEPA

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 26 November 2019

ARMENPRESS. Slovenia ratified the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA), Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Avet Adonts said at a joint press conference with Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the signing of CEPA.

“16 countries have already ratified the Agreement, and five others are already completing the process. And just a few minutes ago I was informed that Slovenia has also...


Armenia Deputy PM receives EU representatives

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 26 November 2019


Armenian deputy FM: We raise issue of visas during visits to EU member states capitals

Mobility and migration, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 26 November 2019