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General amnesty in Armenia: a turning point in Armenia-Europe relations?

On 19 June, the Armenian Parliament (National Assembly) has decided a General Amnesty to persons deprived of their liberty in relation with the post electoral riots on 1 March 2008.The decision resolves the key bone of contention in a debate between the Council of Europe (CoE) and Armenian authorities which has seriously burdened relations between both sides, affecting even relations with the EU. The CoE has now welcomed the move and stated that it will continue the monitoring of political... Read more

New European Parliament looks to continue good work with Armenia

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) congratulates the new European Parliament following last week's elections across the 27 member states. We look forward to continuing to support the Parliament in its work to further upgrade EU-Armenia relations.The European Parliament has historically been the key driving force behind pursuing closer and deeper ties with Armenia and Europe's other Eastern neighbours, and EuFoA fully supports its efforts in this area. The Parliament has achieved excellent... Read more

EuFoA creates Europe-Armenia Advisory Council

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) is delighted to announce today the launch of the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council. Based in Brussels, the Council will be a unique body to promote relations between Europe and Armenia from the European side. Composed of leading representatives from the political, business and cultural spheres from across Europe, it will provide guidance on all major issues in these areas.   "I want to thank those who already agreed to join the Council, which will be... Read more

European observers relieved: First elections of Yerevan’s Mayor broadly in accordance with the European standards

European observers and institutions were relieved this week to commend the Armenian municipal elections, the first elections after last year's post-electoral state of emergency. The elections were the very first to determine Yerevan's Mayor's in the history of Armenia and took place last Sunday, 31 May. The European community was closely monitoring the outcome of the election as part of the democratisation process of Armenia. Gagik Beglarian of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia is... Read more

Armenia joins Eastern Partnership at Prague summit

On Thursday 7 May 2009, the EU together with its Eastern neighbours officially launched the new and ambitious Eastern Partnership. This initiative will complement the existing European Neighbourhood Policy and allow countries like Armenia to co-operate more strongly with the EU.   Below we provide you with a brief summary from Reuters as well as the official declaration.   EU works on Eastern ties   Thu May 7, 2009 3:08pm EDT (source: Reuters,... Read more

EuroNews airs extensive report on EU-Armenia relations – featuring EuFoA

Today, EuroNews starts broadcasting a 10 minute report on Armenia which will run several times during the course of the coming week. The idea to produce this film was inspired by European Friends of Armenia.   "We are very happy that EuroNews understands the political importance of EU-Armenia relations and showed the Armenian and European side of the story. The relations between Armenia and Europe are much more advanced than publically noticed and they are a key asset for peace,... Read more

European Commission annual report sees progress in EU-Armenia relations

The European Commission today published its annual progress report about EU-Armenia relations in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Foreign Affairs Commissioner Ferrero Waldner presenting the ENP country reports on 23 April in Brussels (source: European Commission)The report concludes positively, given the politically difficult internal situation in Armenia in 2008.   European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) welcomes the acknowledgment of the overall progress as an... Read more

EU-Armenia Parliamentary Meeting concludes positively

Parliamentarians from the European Parliament and the Armenian National Assembly held a very constructive consultation in Yerevan on 7-8 April 2009 and adopted a common resolution on current issues of EU-Armenia relations. The meeting once more proved the strong interest of both sides to keep and intensify good relations, without neglecting the issues that are of concern. For co-chair Marie Anne Isler Béguin, it was the last Armenia-visit as head of the European Parliament's South Caucasus... Read more

European Friends of Armenia launches website

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) today launched its website and with that starts its public activities. The website will inform not only about the recently founded organisation but mainly about the state of relations between Armenia and Europe. "We want our website to become a key source of information about Armenia's relations with Europe. For this we will not only publish our research but also link up and analyse the most relevant news in this field", said Secretary General Michael... Read more

Interview with Raul de Luzenberger about the new Eastern Partnership

In an interview with panarmenian.net, EU Ambassador Lutzenberger, here pictured in a recent meeting with EuFoA Secretary General Michael Kambeck, describes the key elements and challenges of the new Eastern Partnership. PanARMENIAN.net writes:   Eastern Partnership can help development of cooperation in South Caucasus, by Raul de Luzenberger Armenia is dynamically integrating into European structures. The inclusion of the republic in the Eastern Partnership initiative can encourage... Read more

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