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Envoy says EU is closely following developments on Armenia Constitutional Court

Justice Freedom & Security, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 17 January 2020


EU rolls out trillion-euro plan for green economy: RFI

Culture and Media, Economy and trade, Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 16 January 2020

A €100bn Just Transition Fund will help coal-reliant EU regions transform their economies. REUTERS/Macarthur Coal/Handout/Files

The European Union has signed off on a trillion-euro financing plan for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 – including a mechanism to fund the clean energy transition of coal-dependent regions, RFI reports.

Under the plan, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen laid out how she intends to bankroll her signature European Green Deal – a...


Merkel calls on Europe for independence

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 16 January 2020


European Commission solemn undertaking before the Court of Justice of the European Union

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 16 January 2020

HR/VP Josep Borrell. Yesterday I had the honour to give a solemn undertaking before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg with my European Commission colleagues. At a formal sitting before the Court, all Commission Members gave the solemn undertaking prescribed by the Treaties.

Taking the oath of independence and of respect of the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights was an emotional and important event. The prestigious environment and celebration...


European Parliament calls for settlement of conflict in all Eastern Partnership countries

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 15 January 2020


“The European Union acknowledges the statements made by the Iranian authorities taking responsibility for the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS 752 on 8 January”

Gender issues

Armenia, Published on: 14 January 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS . EU statement on Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752 crash in Iran

On 11 January, the EU issued a statement following the crash of Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752 in proximity to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on 8 January 2020.

“The European Union acknowledges the statements made by the Iranian authorities taking responsibility for the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS 752 on 8 January,” the EU Spokesperson said. The EU further added that it deplored...


EU renews its terrorist list of persons and organisations subject to sanctions

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 14 January 2020

The Council today renewed the so-called EU terrorist list, which sets out persons, groups and entities subject to restrictive measures with a view to combating terrorism. Persons, groups and entities on the list are subject to the freezing of their funds and other financial assets in the EU. It is also prohibited for EU operators to make funds and economic resources available to them.

The Council is empowered to establish a EU list and impose related restrictive measures under Council...


Croatia notified about the completion of its internal procedures necessary for the ratification of the Armenia-EU CEPA

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 13 January 2020

On 10 January 2020, Croatia notified the General Secretariat of the European Council and the Council of the EU about the completion of its internal procedures necessary for the ratification of the Armenia-EU CEPA.


Number of flight destinations from Armenia to Europe greatly increases

Transport

Armenia, Published on: 13 January 2020

Number of flight destinations from Armenia to Europe has greatly increased thanks to the changes and works done by the Civil Aviation Committee.

Tatevik Revazyan, chairwoman of the Civil Aviation Committee of Armenia, told a press conference in Armenpress that previously there were 6-7 flights to Europe, but now the number of these regular flights reached 16-17.

“Very serious changes have taken place, we are expecting a major passenger flow to Armenia. If you noticed,...


EU expert mission to Armenia on ensuring access to environmental information

Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 09 January 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS . On 20–24 January, experts from Lithuania and Romania will visit Armenia to discuss how the government can ensure access to environmental information for its citizens.

The EU specialists are meeting with representatives from the country’s Ministry of Environment, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Environment, and the Municipality of Yerevan.

The aim of the expert mission is to provide advice and guidance on how Armenia’s national...


Поток репатриантов из ЕС в этом году увеличится

Mobility and migration

Armenia, Published on: 09 January 2020

Ожидается, что в этом и последующие годы число армян, которые вернутся в Армению из стран-членов ЕС, резко возрастет. Особенно, из Германии, сказала Lragir.am сотрудник Миграционной службы Министерства территориального управления Нелли Давтян.

Германия по-прежнему лидирует по числу реадмиссионных исков. В 2019 году уже было отправлено 4 чартерных рейса из Германии в Армению с депортированными гражданами Армении на борту.

Из других стран также были депорты, но не чартерными...


Survey: Western European countries least share Trump's foreign policy

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 09 January 2020


Armenia to discuss EU best practices in tax compliance and risk management

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 08 January 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. On 20-22 January, experts from Bulgaria, Germany and Spain will visit Armenia to present EU best practices in the area of risk management in tax administrations. During the workshop, they will also discuss with their counterparts from Armenia’s State Revenue Committee (SRC) new methods and tools introduced for achieving better tax compliance.

The SRC has successfully introduced a number of improvements in recent years. The country’s tax authorities introduced more...


Armenia joins the Council of Europe’s drug policy expert body, Pompidou Group

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 08 January 2020

Armenia has become the 40th member of the Council of Europe’s Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group). The Government’s decision takes effect from 1 January 2020.  Paruyr Hovhannisyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe, sent the official letter to this effect to the Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on 7 January 2020.

The Pompidou Group is the Council of Europe’s drug policy co-operation platform...


EU and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to boost export opportunities in Eastern Neighbourhood countries

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 07 January 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS . The EU and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said they will be stepping up their support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine with new financing.

The EBRD will provide over €250 million in credit loans to local financial institutions to make businesses more competitive. The loans will help SMEs benefit from the opportunities created by the Deep and Comprehensive...


EU boosts eco-tourism and renewable energy in Armenia with new solar power plant

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 03 January 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. Harnessing the potential of solar energy is vital for sunny countries like Armenia. Due to high energy tariffs, the majority of the population struggle to pay electricity and gas bills. Solar power is not widely used in Armenia but, because it is eco-friendly and helps to save money, it is becoming more popular. The European Union has supported the country’s transition to sustainable energy through various initiatives and grants.

Valley of the sun

The EU-funded ...


ENI CBC Conference 2020 prepares for new European Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 03 January 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. The ENI CBC conference 2020 will be held on 28-29 January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. This year the event will be fully devoted to the preparation of the new generation of cross-border cooperation programmes under the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). Most important, it will represent the first forum for common exchange on the draft “Joint paper on NDICI Interreg Strategic Programming 2021 – 2027”.

Participation is limited to: 3...


When climate disasters strike, the EU is there to help

Gender issues, Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 01 January 2020

Natural and man-made disasters are intensifying worldwide due to climate change, which not only affects average temperatures, but also extreme ones. As a result, the number of weather-related natural disasters, such as cyclones, floods, droughts, and fires is now increasing.

This is why, more than ever, when climate disasters strike, the EU is there to help.

Thanks to €4 per European citizen a year, the EU is one of the biggest donors of humanitarian aid in the world. Based on...