EuFoA Press Releases

European Parliament commemorates the centennial of the Armenian Genocide

On 15 April 2015, the European Parliament has gathered for a mini-plenary session in Brussels. One of the texts passed was a resolution on the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Making reference to other European texts voted on the issue in the recent years, the resolution "pays tribute, on the eve of the Centenary, to the memory of the one-and-a-half million innocent Armenian victims" and calls on Turkey "to come to terms with its past, to recognise the Armenian genocide and thus pave the... Read more

European and Armenian parliamentarians confirm a new phase in EU-Armenia relations

Today, on March 20, the fifteenth meeting of the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC), composed of European and Armenian parliamentarians, was held in Yerevan. The PCC adopted a joint statement on the future of EU-Armenia relations, the Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.   Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa comments: "The adoption of this text together with a deep degree of mutual understanding and collaboration... Read more

EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly adopts 6 texts, one on the Armenian Genocide

On 17 March, the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly (PA) adopted 4 reports and 2 urgent resolutions - one of them on the Armenian Genocide - during its fourth ordinary session taking place in Yerevan this week. The documents concern the areas of economic integration, political affairs, energy security and social issues and put forward several proposals on "Engaging in a stronger partnership between the EU and Eastern European partner countries through the European Neighbourhood Instrument... Read more

European Parliament includes the Armenian Genocide and genocide denials in the EU’s Human Rights policy

Today, on 12 March, the European Parliament has adopted the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the world 2013. Several clauses of this document are relevant to Armenia, especially the paragraph that "calls, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, on all the Member States to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition.   European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) warmly welcomes this European... Read more

Largest European political party recognises Armenian Genocide and commemorates its 100th anniversary

On 3 March, the European People's Party (EPP) adopted a resolution recognising and condemning the Armenian Genocide as well as paying tribute to the victims in the 100th anniversary.  The EPP, which is the largest European political party, has adopted the resolution following the initiative of its sister parties from Armenia.   European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) welcomes this resolution. EuFoA Director, Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, comments: "This text is meant not only as a tribute,... Read more

EuFoA Director delivers a speech at the European Parliament and lectures International MBA Deusto University students

On Tuesday 3 February 2015, EuFoA Director, Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, delivered a keynote speech during a conference at the European Parliament about advocacy in the European Union to a group of international young professionals coming from 19 European countries. The conference was hosted by the EPP group in the European Parliament. During his speech, he introduced several guidelines on how to better communicate and put forward the legitimate interest vis-à-vis the European Institutions. In... Read more

International uproar after Azerbaijan downs Nagorno-Karabakh helicopter

Yesterday, a Nagorno-Karabakh helicopter went down in flames, killing all three crewmembers, after Azerbaijani forces claimed it was violating their airspace and shot it.   Azerbaijan has awarded the servicemen who downed the helicopter with a third degree medal for "distinguished military service." "We condemn the new outbreak of violation. We state that as always, it is the Azerbaijani authorities that are responsible for it again. This provocation nullifies Azerbaijan's... Read more

First Nagorno-Karabakh Group announced in the European Parliament

On 15 October 2014, the European Parliament Nagorno-Karabakh Group was presented with the assistance of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), aiming to support civil society and democratic governance, as well as European values within Nagorno-Karabakh. Following the French and Lithuanian parliaments that have already established similar groups, members of the European Parliament are creating the first international group, spanning over national borders. Several Members of the European... Read more

European Parliament: No further relations with Azerbaijan and sanctions unless European human rights standards are met

On Thursday, 18 September, the European Parliament adopted a motion on the persecution of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan. Many points of the motion are directly relevant to Armenia, as well as to the imprisonment of Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus earlier this year in July and partly because of dubious charges of spying for Armenia, causing international outcry. The European Parliament is ready to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan and curb the current relations if demands... Read more

Breakthrough in Karabakh-Basque relations

The Nagorno-Karabakh Foreign Minister, Karen Mirzoyan, together with European Friends of Armenia's Director Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, completed a one-week mission to the Basque Country this week.   The visit, scheduled between September 10 and September 16, included meetings with Basque high officials, including the President of the Basque Parliament, Ms. Bakartxo Tejeria Otermin and other leaders, both at provincial and local level.   On Friday, September 12, the Basque... Read more

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