EuFoA Press Releases

MEP Engel Asks European Commission about Exclusion of Karabakhi Students

Frank Engel has asked the European Commission in a written question about the exclusion of Karabakhi students and teachers from education programmes sponsored by the European Union.  Students from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic cannot take part in these exchanges that are also available for the youth of any neighbour country, including the eastern Partnership area. Mr Engel wants to know exactly on what basis they are being excluded. The European Commission is also a full member of the... Read more

EU-Armenia relations will benefit from new EU approach to its neighbourhood

High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn have presented the "Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)", which takes into consideration the result of public consultations carried out with stakeholders in the first half of the year. European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) was one of almost 150 European civil society actors that contributed to the Review's content. Several points of the document are relevant to Armenia and its relations with the EU. The Review underlines that... Read more

European Green Party Adopts Resolution on Armenian Genocide

A resolution on the Armenian Genocide has been adopted by a large majority at the 23rd European Green Party Council in Lyon. The text acknowledges that the Ottoman Empire perpetrated Genocide against the Armenian people. It also calls on Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide and work towards reconciliation with the Armenia and its people. With this initiative the European Green Party calls upon all countries which have not yet done so to publicly recognize the Armenian Genocide. It... Read more

European Friends of Armenia publishes paper on European values and the Syrian exodus

European Friends of Armenia published a paper which analyses the response of the European Union, Armenia and countries in the Middle East to the Syrian refugee crisis.The study shows that by basing its approach on solidarity Armenia has demonstrated it truly does embody European values. Armenia has welcomed around 17 000 refugees since the start of the Syrian civil war. This makes it the third European country with the biggest number of displaced people from Syria.  Only Germany and... Read more

MEP Charles Tannock asks Federica Mogherini about ceasefire violations

Dr Charles Tannock, ECR group coordinator in the Foreign Affairs committee of the European Parliament, has tabled a priority question to the High Representative and Vice-president of the European Commission about the recent military escalation in the South Caucasus.  The violence has resulted in the death of three Armenian civilians and has since extended to the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact, killing soldiers from both sides. Dr Tannock, who is a member of the European Friends of... Read more

MEP Frank Engel tables urgent official enquiry over Azerbaijani attacks

Frank Engel has tabled an urgent official enquiry to the European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Morgherini following attacks by the Azerbaijani army against Armenian civilians. The aggressions on villages in Armenia, which resulted in the death of three women, have already been condemned by several members of the European Parliament last Friday. In his question, Mr Engel (MEP - EPP Group) underlines the fact that this is the second attack on civilian population perpetrated by... Read more

European politicians shocked over Azerbaijan’s shooting, demand action from EU

For the second time in September, the Azerbaijani army has shelled and shot with different calibre weapons the Republic of Armenia in the Tavush region, resulting in 3 civilian deaths and 2 seriously wounded. Many European politicians expressed their shock over Azerbaijan's brazen actions. Among members of European Friends of Armenia Advisory Council, French MEP Michèle Rivasi stated "I am scandalized by this violence. We know of the historical enmity which exists between Azerbaijan and... Read more

President of European Free Alliance visits Nagorno-Karabakh

Two representatives of a pan-European political party travelled to Nagorno-Karabakh following an invitation from the chairman of its national assembly, Ashot Gulyan. The European Free Alliance (EFA) was represented by its president, François Alfonsi and Jordi Sebastia, MEP. The visit was facilitated by the European Friends of Armenia, as part of its ongoing effort to encourage dialogue and cooperation between European and Karabakhi civil society.   The representatives of the... Read more

EP report calls for greater engagement with Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh

On 9 July, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a report on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The report, assessing the EU's approach towards its immediate neighbours, contains several points relevant to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.   Among others, it "calls for the ENP to be developed into a more tailor-made and flexible policy framework that is able to adapt to the diversity that exists among partner countries", while considering that the "EU should invite... Read more

Riga Summit strengthens EU-Armenia relations

During the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Riga on 22 May, the EU and the EaP countries have issued a joint declaration that reviewed the EaP achievements so far and mapped out its priorities and goals ahead of the next summit in 2017. Several points of the declaration concern Armenia and its future relations with Europe. European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) welcomes this declaration. "It seems that the EU and Armenia are working together to reach a common understanding on issues of... Read more

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