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EU doesn’t recognize the "legal framework” of NK elections

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 31 March 2020

Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy at the European External Action Service (EEAS) Peter Stano made the following statement today:


“In view of the so-called 'presidential and parliamentary elections' in Nagorno-Karabakh on 31 March 2020, the European Union reiterates that it does not recognize the constitutional and legal framework within which they are being held. This event cannot prejudice the determination of the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh or the...

Albania and Italy – an example of European solidarity against the coronavirus

Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 31 March 2020

On 28 March 2020, Albania sent 30 doctors and nurses to Italy to support its heavily hit neighbour in fighting the coronavirus.

While the whole world, including the Western Balkans, is struggling to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Albania, in an act of solidarity and friendship, decided to send 30 doctors and nurses to Italy, to support its neighbour in this time of crisis. The Albanian medical professionals volunteered to work in Lombardy, in the area around Bergamo, Italy’s worst...

NGO: EU Must Respond to Poor Progress on Anti-Money Laundering Steps

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 30 March 2020

The European Commission has been slow to enforce reforms necessary to complete its stated mission of curbing money laundering and other illicit financial flows that fuel organized crime and corruption, recent reports show. 

According to Global Witness, most EU member states have not set up accessible beneficial ownership registers, which show who owns which companies in which country. Many of the same countries also have vulnerabilities in their Golden Visa programs, which enables...

Coronavirus: The European Union stands by Armenia

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 30 March 2020

In addition, the Commission will also redirect the use of existing instruments worth up to €700 million across the region to help mitigate socio-economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.


Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Olivér Várhelyi said: ”These are very difficult times not only for the EU, but for our partner countries, such as Armenia, as well. We have to do what we can to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on human lives and...

EU to assist 3,000 vulnerable households in Armenia

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 30 March 2020

EU allocates €140 million to help Eastern Partnership countries in fight against coronavirus

Economy and trade, Health

Armenia, Published on: 30 March 2020

EU keeps lookout for COVID-19 disinformation

Culture and Media

Armenia, Published on: 28 March 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. According to the EUvsDisinfo website, cases of disinformation related to coronavirus have been spotted for over 2 months now.

EUvsDisinfo reports that as disinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, its narrative remains the same: the virus is man-made, and it is a weapon created by NATO.

In addition to the COVID-19 topic, disinformation pieces also support pro-Kremlin attempts to attack the MH17 trial, or are aimed at attacking civil...

EU ambassador to Armenia: EU adjusts programs to face together COVID 19

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Health, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 27 March 2020

The members of the European Council adopted a statement on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 27 March 2020

Following the informal video conference on 26 March 2020, the members of the European Council adopted a statement on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU’s external borders.

Joint statement of the members of the European Council, 26 March 2020

Brussels, 26 March 2020 


Joint statement of the Members of the European Council The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented...

European Commission approves additional support via Horizon 2020 to strengthen priorities, including coronavirus research

Education, Training & Research, Health

Armenia, Published on: 26 March 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS . The Commission has adopted an update of the 2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme to allocate increased funding to its priorities, including urgently needed research and innovation projects into the coronavirus.

The update includes €47.5 million in funding for the emergency call announced in early March to fight the coronavirus outbreak that led to the launch of 17 projects. Other changes of this update include a dedicated ‘...

European Endowment for Democracy launches 2019 Annual Report

Education, Training & Research, Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 26 March 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is launching its 2019 Annual Report online.

This year’s report provides an overview of EED’s work during the past year, supporting activists, independent media and human rights defenders in the European neighbourhood and beyond. It features the stories of many of these brave people, and of their individual struggles, their creativity, persistence and moral courage.

A pdf version of...

HRVP Josep Borrell: Green light for EU membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia is good news for the region and the EU

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 26 March 2020

On 25 March, EU Member States agreed to start accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. Earlier this month, the European Commission had already confirmed progress made by the two countries in its updated reports.

Today the Council welcomed the determination of Albania and North Macedonia to advance on the EU reform agenda. The countries have delivered tangible results, fulfilling the conditions identified by the June 2018 Council for the opening of the accession...

Association of European Journalists Opposes “Unjustified Government Restrictions on Free Expression” During Coronavirus Crisis

Culture and Media, Health

Armenia, Published on: 25 March 2020

The Association of European Journalists (AEJ), in an open letter addressed to the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council and the European Parliament, has voiced its concern that some governments are taking advantage of the coronavirus emergency and placing disproportionate restrictions on local media outlets. 

The letter, in part, reads:

“We, the undersigned press freedom and freedom of expression organisations, are writing to express our profound concerns...

EU Joins Global Fight Against Fake COVID-19 Products

Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 24 March 2020

The EU’s anti-fraud agency has launched an inquiry to combat the sale of black market medical products amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic on the continent.

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) announced last week it is investigating fraudsters seeking to profit from the high demand for preventative and curative products as a result of increasing rates of infection among EU member states.

Specifically, the agency is targeting the sale of “fake medical, personal...

Social rights of children, families and migrants in danger across Europe: latest annual conclusions from the European Committee of Social Rights

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 24 March 2020

Strasbourg, 24.03.2020 – Social rights of children, families and migrants are in danger in Europe, according to the latest annual conclusions from the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR). The Committee today published 896 conclusions (289 cases of non-conformity, 453 cases of conformity and 154 “deferrals”: cases not assessed due to lack of information), in respect of 37 European countries (*). In the framework of the reporting procedure the ECSR assessed compliance with the European...

Германия согласовала пакет мер на 750 млрд евро для борьбы с последствиями коронавируса

Economy and trade, Health

Armenia, Published on: 23 March 2020

(Рейтер) – Германия в понедельник представила пакет мер на сумму до 750 миллиардов евро ($808,43 миллиарда) для смягчения последствий вспышки коронавируса, при этом Берлин впервые с 2013 года намерен взять на себя новый долг.

“Это очень большой пакет с множеством мер”, – сказал министр финансов Германии Олаф Шольц во время пресс-конференции с министром экономики Петером Альтмайером, добавив, что Германия удвоит количество коек в отделениях интенсивной терапии.


EU proposes new policy objectives of Eastern Partnership

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 21 March 2020

Anti-racism day: Afrophobia is still rife in Europe and beyond, warns general rapporteur

Gender issues, Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 20 March 2020

“On 21 March 1960, 69 people were killed by police forces in Sharpeville, South Africa, while peacefully protesting against apartheid laws. Sixty years later, and after decades of an ever-growing body of anti-discriminatory legislation and policies, Afrophobia, or racism against people of African descent, is still rife in Europe and beyond,” said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), the General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, on the occasion of the International Day for the...

COVID-19: Consular support to EU citizens in third countries

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 19 March 2020

High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, supported by the EEAS, the Commission and EU Delegations around the world, is leading the work to strengthen coordination among Member States to help EU citizens who are currently stranded outside the EU

To find out more on the Coronavirus response, visit the constantly updated page of the European Commission here.

The EEAS is supporting Member States with their consular assistance to EU citizens through its network of local...

Конкурс «Евровидение-2020» в Роттердаме отменен из-за коронавируса

Culture and Media, Health

Armenia, Published on: 19 March 2020

Ежегодный конкурс песни «Евровидение» в этом году — впервые в истории существования — отменен из-за коронавируса. Об этом в среду сообщили организаторы, передает Радио Азатутюн.

«С глубоким сожалением объявляем об отмене конкурса песни в Роттердаме», — говорится в заявлении. По словам организаторов, за последние несколько недель они изучили множество альтернативных вариантов, которые позволили бы провести мероприятие, но из-за неопределенности в результате распространения COVID-19 и...