Brussels, 15 March 2018 – With a mix of sadness, pride, and gratitude, European Friends of Armenia announce that Diogo Pinto has resigned from his position as Director and will leave the organisation on March 31st, to commence the next chapter of his career as Political Advisor of Maria João Rodrigues, MEP. Former European Movement International and European Youth Forum’s Secretary General, Diogo Pinto was appointed Director of EuFoA, in September 2016, at a difficult period... Read more
In his latest interview with Armenian news agency 1in.am, EuFoA Director Diogo Pinto talks about EU-Armenia Partnership Priorities as well as the ratification and implementation of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement. The full interview is available HERE (in... Read more
EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski: “Armenia has all the ingredients for growth and prosperity”
Brussels, 7 March 2018 – Today, in their office in Brussels, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) hosted an exclusive briefing on EU-Armenia relations with EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski. The briefing, which took place against the background of the recent signing of the EU-Armenia Partnership Priorities, was moderated by Diogo Pinto, Director of EuFoA, and attended by over 40 representatives of the EU institutions, diplomatic corps, international NGOs, research... Read more
Armen Sarkissian’s election as President of the Republic of Armenia: an important Milestone in Armenian Politics
BRUSSELS, 2 MARCH 2018 - Today’s election of Armen Sarkissian as President of the Republic of Armenia represents an important milestone in Armenian politics. This historic moment comes after the adoption of the constitutional amendments introduced by the 2015 referendum, and completes the transition of the Republic of Armenia from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary system. The shift to a parliamentary system, similar to those of many European Union states, has transferred the... Read more
Taking stock of 30 years of EU policy on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: How can the EU contribute to peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?
Brussels, 1 March 2018 - On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) and the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Europe organised a conference on the 28 February in the European Parliament where Members of the Parliament and experts on the subject discussed the past and future of EU engagement with Nagorno-Karabakh and possible proposals to enhance the EU’s impact in the area. The conference, hosted by MEP... Read more
"February 20, 2018 marks 30 years since the People’s Deputies of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) approved the formal petition requesting the transfer of jurisdiction from Azerbaijani to Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR)', says EuFoA Director Diogo Pinto in his op-ed for Euractiv. " 30 years on, the time has come for the EU to raise its game in Nagorno-Karabakh. Would it be less simple than it seems reading these lines? Maybe… Would it be worth trying?... Read more
February 2018 marks thirty years since the people of Nagorno-Karabakh appealed to the Soviet authorities to exercise their right to unification with Armenia. This movement was triggered by the political uncertainty of the crumbling Soviet Union, which Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh were all part of. In 1988 and in the following years, peaceful Armenian initiatives were met with violent repression by Azerbaijani authorities. By 1992, the dispute had escalated into an all-out... Read more
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Berlin, the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the German-Armenian Society have organised a symposium to discuss the perspectives of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) for German-Armenian and European-Armenian relations, as well as for intra-Armenian developments. The symposium "The EU-Armenia Agreement: Perspectives of Cooperation" will take place on 27... Read more
“The most important thing at this stage is that Armenia ratifies CEPA as soon as possible” -EuFoA Director Diogo Pinto’s Interview with 1in.am
In his interview with Armenian news agency 1in.am, EuFoA Director Diogo Pinto touches upon several topics, including the ratification and implementation of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). - Mr. Pinto, my first question is about the upcoming visit by Armenian President to Strasbourg and his speech in PACE on January 24 What do you think, what is going to be his aim and priorities there in terms of statements, political messages, diplomatic priorities?... Read more
In his interview with Armenpress, EuFoA Director Diogo Pinto talks about the recent signing of the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and EuFoA contribution to its ratification. “We should contribute to the acceleration of this process in order to start the next steps, and as a next important step I want to highlight the issue of visa liberalization. The dialogue should launch on this path, and I think both sides have expressed readiness for... Read more
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