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

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 06 March 2020

On 5 March 2020, France 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.


EU ambassador: We consider it important that Armenia decided to switch to multi-use biodegradable bags

Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 06 March 2020


Delegation led by Serzh Sargsyan hosted at Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 05 March 2020

Today, during the working visit to the Kingdom of Belgium, the delegation led by third President of the Republic of Armenia, President of the Republican Party of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan was hosted at Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies where Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with President of the Centre, former Prime Minister of Slovakia Mikuláš Dzurinda.

President Sargsyan said what was noteworthy was the fact that the meeting was taking place at the Wilfried Martens Centre for...


EU success story from Armenia: Sveta Khachatryan – the first woman with a disability to pursue a career as a vet in Gavar

Education, Training & Research, Gender issues, Youth

Armenia, Published on: 05 March 2020

Sveta Khachatryanis the first female veterinary student with a disability in the Armenian city of Gavar, Gegharkunik Province.

The 18-year old woman is training in veterinary medicine alongside her main studies at Gavar State Agricultural College. Sveta is learning how to take care of animals as part of an informal education course organised by the EU project EU4Youth – SAY YES Skills for Jobs.

“It started as an interest but then I fell in love with the work. The project has...


Serzh Sargsyan meets with President of European People’s Party Donald Tusk in Brussels

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 05 March 2020

Today marked the launch of the working visit of third President of Armenia, President of the Republican Party of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan to the Kingdom of Belgium.

Among the members of the delegation led by Serzh Sargsyan are Armen Ashotyan, member of the Supreme Body of the Republican Party of Armenia and Executive Director of Luys Foundation Davit Harutyunyan and member of the council of the political party Lilit Beglaryan.

During the visit, Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with...


‘Increased pressure at the European Union – Turkey border and unilateral actions are not bringing any positive answer’: Josep Borrell

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 05 March 2020

Turkey: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell following his visit in Turkey

Good morning to everybody,

I had an intense visit and a lot of talks with the Turkish authorities yesterday and today.

Together with my colleague, Commissioner [for Crisis Management] Janez Lenarčič we came to discuss the situation in Syria, the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Idlib and the serious consequences that all that has for Turkey and for the European...


The European Union Green Agriculture Initiative in Armenia project officially launched

Economy and trade, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 05 March 2020

The largest European Union (EU) funded assistance project in the field of agriculture in Armenia was officially launched in Yerevan on 04 March. The project is titled the “EU Green Agriculture Initiative in Armenia” (EU-GAIA). It is funded by the European Union (€ 9,7 million) and co-funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (€ 2 million), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation. The Government counterpart of the project is the RA Ministry of Economy. The...


‘The European Court’s sentences for 55 percent of the critical cases in connection to Armenia have not been carried out’: Philip Leach

Justice Freedom & Security, Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 04 March 2020

“We have twenty leading cases at the European Court of Human Rights in connection to Armenia that have not been closed yet. The European Court’s sentences for 55 percent of the critical cases in connection to Armenia have not been carried out,” Vice President of the European Implementation Network, Philip Leach, said in Yerevan during a discussion regarding the implementation of judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights.

The discussion was held by the European...


EU envoy to Armenia: Europe attaches great importance to food safety

Environment and climate change, Health

Armenia, Published on: 04 March 2020


Head of EU Delegation: Armenian government has a lot of work to do in agriculture sector

Economy and trade, Environment and climate change

Armenia, Published on: 04 March 2020


EU supports consultations on river basin management plans in Caucasus

Environment and climate change, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 04 March 2020

On 26–27 February, experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine gathered in the Georgian capital Tbilisi to discuss the river basin management plans in the Caucasus region.

The workshop was organised by the EU-funded project ‘European Union Water Initiative Plus for Eastern Partnership Countries’ (EUWI+). The two-day event aimed to develop a set of guidelines for public consultations, based on past experiences and best practices developed...


You can too! How the EU supports women entrepreneurs in Armenia

Gender issues, Youth

Armenia, Published on: 04 March 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. 1. I want to start my own business, but I’m not sure my idea would work. Who can advise me?

The European Union is very active in supporting the development of new businesses, particularly among women and particularly in the regions of Armenia, so don’t think that you need to be in Yerevan, to have a higher education or an established business in order to access EU support.

Here are some examples:

The Mayors for Economic Growth programme supports local...


EU helps young people in Armenia gain confidence through skill-building clubs

Gender issues, Youth

Armenia, Published on: 04 March 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. The EU is helping young people across Armenia to shake off stereotypes, strive for self-development and be more socially engaged in their communities through SKYE clubs.

Yeva Demirchyan lives in the province of Ararat and has been the leader of her local SKYE club since 2018. According to the young woman, it did not take long for ‘club-goers’ to change their mindsets and develop their social and teamwork skills.

“Our members have learnt how to take care of their...


EU tourism sector loses € 1 billion in January amid coronavirus

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 02 March 2020


ASEM Day 2020: Asia meets Europe – Europe meets Asia

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 02 March 2020

ASEM is about dialogue among Asians and Europeans at all levels. It has been going for more than 20 years, proving its strategic relevance.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is the major political platform linking Europe and Asia. Its 53 partner countries represent 60% of the world’s GDP, more than 60% of the world’s population and around 55% of global trade.

In 2016, in Ulaanbaatar, European and Asian Heads of State and Government designated March 1 as the ‘ASEM Day’. Since then...


EU helps young Armenian entrepreneur learn important skills for her business

Education, Training & Research, Youth

Armenia, Published on: 28 February 2020

Ani Gevorgyan is a teacher-psychologist by profession, living in the Armenian city of Sevan, Gegharkunik Province. Knitting used to be just a hobby for the young woman, but recently, she has been keen on developing it to a business and selling her handmade products.

Ani started crocheting when she was 11–12 years old, and she even attended an extracurricular activity club for knitting.

“After that, I did not pick up a hook for about eight years. When I started knitting again, I...


EU and Armenia discuss implementation of Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 28 February 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. On 26 February, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, co-chaired a hearing in the country’s National Assembly on the implementation of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). She was joined by the Chair of the Standing Committee on European Integration – Arman Yeghoyan.

The session was attended by Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan, Minister of Environment Erik Grigoryan, Deputy...