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Nagorno-Karabakh: 30 years on, time for the EU to raise its game

"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

SAVE THE DATE 28/02: “Nagorno-Karabakh & the EU: 1988-2018”

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 EU-Armenia Agreement: Perspectives of Cooperation – 27 February 2018, Berlin

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

EuFoA to contribute to the EU-Armenia agreement’s ratification process

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

EU-Armenia relations in the CEPA era: What’s Next?

On 5 December 2017, in its office in Brussels, European Friends of Armenia hosted an exclusive briefing on EU-Armenia relations with Armen Ashotyan, Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, and Head of the Armenian delegations to the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Eastern Partnership (Euronest).   This event, which took place against the background of the recent... Read more

Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) marks a fresh start for EU-Armenia relations

Today, 24 November 2017, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Armenia and the European Union was signed at the occasion of the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit. The Agreement, the first one signed by the EU with an EAEU member country, was thoroughly negotiated for 15 months and initialed in March 2017.   “This is a historic day for EU-Armenia relations, marking a fresh start for deepening and strengthening of relations between partners. This modern,... Read more

President Sargsyan joined EuFoA Honorary Council Inaugural Meeting

On 23 November 2017, President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan joined the Inaugural Meeting of European Friends of Armenia’s Honorary Council.   Greeting the President and the members of the newly established Council, EuFoA Director Diogo Pinto stressed the importance of the Eastern Partnership Summit for the development of EU- Armenia relations. “Many say this will be a low-key summit, but for us here and millions of Armenians it will be a historical one, marking the... Read more

EuFoA launches its Honorary Council in Brussels

On 23 November 2017, European Friends of Armenia hosts the Inaugural Meeting of its newly established Honorary Council in Brussels.   The inaugural meeting is set against the background of the Eastern Partnership Summit, and the historical signature of the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA).   Since the organisation’s re-activation after the 2016 April Four Days war in Nagorno-Karabakh, and after Diogo Pinto took the helm as Director... Read more

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