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Sentix: Eurozone investor spirit up in July but recovery could stall

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 06 July 2020


Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission warns against racial profiling in policing

Gender issues, Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 06 July 2020

The Council of Europe’s 47-member anti-racism commission, ECRI, warned against racial profiling, as well as systemic racism and inequalities, all of which are to be found in Europe. ECRI has called upon European governments to send strong messages and take determined action, even if these instances may only be isolated events, and reiterated that trust in the police by everyone in the society enhances safety for all.

“Racial profiling constitutes a specific form of racial...


2020 Europe Prize awarded to Amilly (France)

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 06 July 2020

The 2020 Europe Prize – the highest level of the Prize which is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the town most active in promoting the European ideal – has been awarded to Amilly in France.

Amilly is a French town of 12 000 inhabitants located in the Loiret department in the central-Val de Loire region of France.

It is twinned with Nordwalde in Germany, Vilanova del Camí in Spain and Calcinaia in Italy with which many school...


European solidarity in action: national armed forces join the fight against COVID-19

Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 03 July 2020

Tackling COVID-19 and its consequences requires a mobilisation that goes well beyond medical capacities. National armed forces in the EU have played an important role in helping fellow EU Member States tackle the pandemic. As High Representative Borrell said: “This is European solidarity in action”.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the armed forces of EU Member States have played a critical role in supporting European citizens in their respective home countries...


Investment migration must comply with Council of Europe legal standards

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 03 July 2020

National programmes for the award of citizenship, residence permits and tax domiciles to foreign investors must respect the legal standards set by the Council of Europe, the Committee on Migration underlined today, and Member States should do their utmost to ensure that “investment migration does not become a tool for international money laundering”.

Adopting a draft resolution based on the report prepared by Aleksander Pociej (Poland, EPP/CD), parliamentarians said that governments “...


New pan-European payment system to be launched

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 03 July 2020


EU official: Still long way to go on EU recovery fund deal

Economy and trade, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 02 July 2020


Revised European Prison Rules: new guidance to prison services on humane treatment of inmates

Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 02 July 2020

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation which updates the 2006 European Prison Rules. The rules, which contain the key legal standards and principles related to prison management, staff and treatment of detainees and are a global reference in this field, guide the 47 Council of Europe member states in their legislation, policies and practices.

The revision concerns the rules on the record keeping of information about inmates and the management...


Ten thousand COVID-19 tests reach Armenia thanks to the European Union and WHO

Justice Freedom & Security, Health

Armenia, Published on: 02 July 2020

A shipment of 10 000 COVID-19 tests, procured by WHO with the financial support of the European Union (EU), arrived in Yerevan, helping boost Armenia’s response to the pandemic.

The tests, obtained at the behest of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia, will allow wider testing for COVID-19 across the country free of charge, reflecting WHO recommendations to test all suspected COVID-19 cases to detect the disease in a timely manner and control its spread.

The tests...


В Европе впервые сертифицировали электрический самолет

Energy, Information Society, Transport

Armenia, Published on: 01 July 2020


Armenian cities organise over 30 digital events during EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Energy

Armenia, Published on: 01 July 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. A record number of digital events was organised across Armenia for EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020 (EUSEW2020).

A total of 13 signatory cities of ‘Covenant of Mayors’ and two municipalities that have not joined the programme yet organised 28 virtual events, including essay contests, drawing and photograph competitions, webinars and online quizzes, interviews with mayors, and awareness campaigns about successful projects. In addition, the project ‘Covenant of Mayors East...


EU and EBRD support green investments and energy efficiency in Eastern partner countries

Energy

Armenia, Published on: 30 June 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. The Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) will benefit from additional support to boost green investments and climate resilience.

Thanks to the EU’s financial support of over €15 million, the programme ‘Finance and technology transfer centre for climate change’ (FINTECC) will help businesses in the region invest in energy efficiency, cut their carbon footprint, introduce innovative green technologies,...


Armenia PM receives outgoing Head of Council of Europe Office in Yerevan

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 30 June 2020


EU reopening borders for 14 countries

Mobility and migration

Armenia, Published on: 30 June 2020


Armenia ruling bloc MP: Many European countries do not fully accept Venice Commission conclusions

Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 30 June 2020


Coronavirus Global Response: European Investment Bank and European Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 30 June 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS . The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future‘ pledging summit organised on 27 June by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery in the world’s most fragile regions and communities.

This amount includes a €4.9 billion pledge by the European Investment Bank, in partnership with the...


Right to equal pay: European Committee of Social Rights finds violations in 14 countries

Political Dialogue, Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 29 June 2020

The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has found violations of the right to equal pay and the right to equal opportunities in the workplace in 14 out of 15 countries which apply the European Social Charter’s collective complaints procedure: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Slovenia. Only Sweden was found to be compliant with the Charter.

“The gender pay gap is unacceptable in...