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EU-Armenia relations will benefit from new EU approach to its neighbourhood

High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn have presented the "Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)", which takes into consideration the result of public consultations carried out with stakeholders in the first half of the year. European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) was one of almost 150 European civil society actors that contributed to the Review's content. Several points of the document are relevant to Armenia and its relations with the EU. The Review underlines that... Read more

European Green Party Adopts Resolution on Armenian Genocide

A resolution on the Armenian Genocide has been adopted by a large majority at the 23rd European Green Party Council in Lyon. The text acknowledges that the Ottoman Empire perpetrated Genocide against the Armenian people. It also calls on Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide and work towards reconciliation with the Armenia and its people. With this initiative the European Green Party calls upon all countries which have not yet done so to publicly recognize the Armenian Genocide. It... Read more

European Friends of Armenia publishes paper on European values and the Syrian exodus

European Friends of Armenia published a paper which analyses the response of the European Union, Armenia and countries in the Middle East to the Syrian refugee crisis.The study shows that by basing its approach on solidarity Armenia has demonstrated it truly does embody European values. Armenia has welcomed around 17 000 refugees since the start of the Syrian civil war. This makes it the third European country with the biggest number of displaced people from Syria.  Only Germany and... Read more

MEP Charles Tannock asks Federica Mogherini about ceasefire violations

Dr Charles Tannock, ECR group coordinator in the Foreign Affairs committee of the European Parliament, has tabled a priority question to the High Representative and Vice-president of the European Commission about the recent military escalation in the South Caucasus.  The violence has resulted in the death of three Armenian civilians and has since extended to the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact, killing soldiers from both sides. Dr Tannock, who is a member of the European Friends of... Read more

MEP Frank Engel tables urgent official enquiry over Azerbaijani attacks

Frank Engel has tabled an urgent official enquiry to the European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Morgherini following attacks by the Azerbaijani army against Armenian civilians. The aggressions on villages in Armenia, which resulted in the death of three women, have already been condemned by several members of the European Parliament last Friday. In his question, Mr Engel (MEP - EPP Group) underlines the fact that this is the second attack on civilian population perpetrated by... Read more

European politicians shocked over Azerbaijan’s shooting, demand action from EU

For the second time in September, the Azerbaijani army has shelled and shot with different calibre weapons the Republic of Armenia in the Tavush region, resulting in 3 civilian deaths and 2 seriously wounded. Many European politicians expressed their shock over Azerbaijan's brazen actions. Among members of European Friends of Armenia Advisory Council, French MEP Michèle Rivasi stated "I am scandalized by this violence. We know of the historical enmity which exists between Azerbaijan and... Read more

Director of European Friends of Armenia Talks to Future Diplomats in the European Parliament

Director of European Friends of Armenia, Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, , delivered a speech to the students of the Diplomatic School of Armenia during their visit to the European Parliament.  The visit was part of their study tour which also includes meetings in the College of Europe, the Council of Europe and the European Commission.   Mr Lorenzo Ochoa exchanged with the students about his work and what European Friends of Armenia does to build bridges between Armenia and Europe.... Read more

President of European Free Alliance visits Nagorno-Karabakh

Two representatives of a pan-European political party travelled to Nagorno-Karabakh following an invitation from the chairman of its national assembly, Ashot Gulyan. The European Free Alliance (EFA) was represented by its president, François Alfonsi and Jordi Sebastia, MEP. The visit was facilitated by the European Friends of Armenia, as part of its ongoing effort to encourage dialogue and cooperation between European and Karabakhi civil society.   The representatives of the... Read more

EuFoA event on Nagorno-Karabakh democratic development and parliamentary elections

On 14 July, EuFoA hosted a roundtable briefing on the Democratic development of NK and the legislative elections observation mission by the NK Group in the EP. The event's keynote speaker was Mr Frank Engel MEP, head of this EOM.   After a short introduction by EuFoA Director Mr Lorenzo Ochoa, Mr Engel took the floor to present the full report of the parliamentary elections of 3 May 2015 (it is available for download here). A lively debate among the participants followed his... Read more

Nagorno-Karabakh Parliamentary Elections – Final Report by the Artsakh Group in the European Parliament Election Observation Delegation

Following an invitation by Mr Ashot Ghulyan, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Nagorno-Karabakh Group in the European Parliament decided to send a delegation to observe the legislative elections in Nagorno-Karabakh scheduled for 3 May 2015. The delegation was headed by Mr Frank Engel MEP, President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Group in the European Parliament, and was composed of several MEPs and supporting staff. It represented different EU countries and... Read more

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