Arman Tatoyan (Armenian Ombudsman): “The institution of the Ombudsman in Armenia is now strong and legally protected like no other in Eastern Europe.”

Today, in our Brussels office, Mr Arman Tatoyan, Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Armenia gave a briefing followed by a lively debate about the Human Rights situation in Armenia. He explained the new tools given to his institution, such as immunity for his members of staff, the Ombudsman's permanent representative in the Armenian Parliament, and the new forms of NGO involvement in his work.   "The institution of the Ombudsman in Armenia is now strong and legally... Read more

EU-Armenia framework agreement negotiations: big ambitions, positive atmosphere, good progresses bring sides closer to a successful conclusion

On 14 December, the European Friends of Armenia organised a Briefing to assess the current state of the play in the EU-Armenia framework agreement negotiations, one year into the process. Garegin Melkonyan, First Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of the Republic of Armenia, Dirk Schuebel, (EEAS) and Petros Sourmelis (DG TRADE) were the speakers at the Briefing, which was moderated by Dr Hrant Kostanyan, Researcher at CEPS - Centre for European Political... Read more

Roundtable briefing on the results of a new opinion poll on Nagorno-Karabakh

BRUSSELS, 11/11/2016: On 17 November, the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) hosted a roundtable briefing on the results of a new opinion poll on socio-economic developments, public perceptions of foreign affairs, international recognition, and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution. Hovhannes Grigoryan, CEO of the Institute for Political and Sociological Consulting (IPSC), presented the results, followed by a commentary by Member of the European Parliament Frank Engel, the head of... Read more

EuFoA’s cocktail reception

BRUSSELS, 20/09/2016: On 19 October, the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) hosted a cocktail reception at its headquarters in Brussels, to introduce its newly appointed Director, renewed team and new office. The event was attended by around 50 friends and partners of EuFoA, representatives of the EU institutions, civil society, the media, and the diplomatic corps, including H.E. Dr Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Belgium and Head of the Armenian Mission to the... Read more

Conference Minutes: ‘European Union & Armenia: Relations and the Way Ahead’

EuFoA and MEP Michèle Rivasi have jointly organized a conference 'European Union & Armenia: Relations and the Way Ahead', which took place on 3 December in the European Parliament.   The event focused on the institutional relations between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia and was an occasion to take stock of the current level of EU-Armenia cooperation. It highlighted possible future developments brought about by the negotiations of a new legal framework which... Read more

‘European Union & Armenia: Relations and the Way Ahead’ Conference Held in European Parliament

A conference on the institutional relations between the European Union and Armenia took place in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was jointly organized by MEP Michèle Rivasi and European Friends of Armenia. It featured a very diverse selection of keynote speakers, including the main officials that will be involved in the upcoming EU-Armenia negotiations that will start next week.   The event was introduced by Michèle Rivasi, Vice-Chair of the Greens/ European Free... Read more

European Friends of Armenia Participates in hearing about Nagorno-Karabakh in Dutch Parliament

European Friends of Armenia was part of a delegation which participated in a Dutch parliament hearing about Nagorno-Karabakh and the recent increase of violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The hearing was organized by the Dutch parliamentarian Pieter Omtzigt and was attended by Dutch politicians. Mr Omtzigt invited a FAON delegation (Federation of Armenian Organisations in The Netherlands) to this hearing following a letter FAON had sent concerning recent violent escalations. The... Read more

Joint EuFoA-AGBU Roundtable Briefing with the Armenian Ombudsman

On 16 November 2010, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) and the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU, held a joint policy briefing at EuFoA's Brussels office with Mr Armen Harutyunyan, Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia and Ms Jacqueline Hale (Open Society Institute) as discussant. The NGOs and think tanks present commended the Ombudsman's contribution to the democratisation process in Armenia and his frank and credible analysis. The effective establishment and... Read more

Round-table with the Armenian Prime Minister

On Friday 12 November 2010, Prime Minister of Armenia, Mr Tigran Sargasyan, visited EuFoA's Brussels office. During the course of this visit, the Prime Minister, as well as the Armenian Ambassador to the EU and Belgium Mr Avet Adonts and the Armenian Minister of Economy, Mr Nerses Yerityan, participated in a roundtable discussion. Representatives from think tanks, diplomatic circles, NGOs and Media also participated in the event. The discussion was varied, covering a number of topics concerning... Read more

Caucasian Chamber Orchestra in the European Parliament

On Tuesday, 26 October 2010, MEP Milan Cabrnoch, Chairman of the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia PCCs, organised a concert by the Caucasian Chamber Orchestra in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was held in collaboration with, among others, the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), the Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the EU, the Mission of Georgia to the EU and the EU-Georgia Business Council... Read more

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February 2018