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European and Armenian parliamentarians confirm a new phase in EU-Armenia relations

Today, on March 20, the fifteenth meeting of the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC), composed of European and Armenian parliamentarians, was held in Yerevan. The PCC adopted a joint statement on the future of EU-Armenia relations, the Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.   Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa comments: "The adoption of this text together with a deep degree of mutual understanding and collaboration... Read more

EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly adopts 6 texts, one on the Armenian Genocide

On 17 March, the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly (PA) adopted 4 reports and 2 urgent resolutions - one of them on the Armenian Genocide - during its fourth ordinary session taking place in Yerevan this week. The documents concern the areas of economic integration, political affairs, energy security and social issues and put forward several proposals on "Engaging in a stronger partnership between the EU and Eastern European partner countries through the European Neighbourhood Instrument... Read more

Euronest, a Multilateral Dimension of Relations with Europe

Ahead of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly to be held in Yerevan on 16-18 March, EuFoA Director Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa has been asked to write a column presenting EURONEST and Armenia's involvement within this Assembly.   The article entitled "Euronest, a Multilateral Dimension of Relations with Europe" was published by the monthly Armenian magazine of the Economics & Law Centre. The Centre began its activities with the publication of the magazine for managers and the... Read more

European Parliament includes the Armenian Genocide and genocide denials in the EU’s Human Rights policy

Today, on 12 March, the European Parliament has adopted the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the world 2013. Several clauses of this document are relevant to Armenia, especially the paragraph that "calls, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, on all the Member States to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition.   European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) warmly welcomes this European... Read more

Largest European political party recognises Armenian Genocide and commemorates its 100th anniversary

On 3 March, the European People's Party (EPP) adopted a resolution recognising and condemning the Armenian Genocide as well as paying tribute to the victims in the 100th anniversary.  The EPP, which is the largest European political party, has adopted the resolution following the initiative of its sister parties from Armenia.   European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) welcomes this resolution. EuFoA Director, Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, comments: "This text is meant not only as a tribute,... Read more

EP Foreign Affairs Committee states Armenian Genocide is a human rights issue

This week the Foreign Affairs standing committee of the European Parliament adopted its annual report on "human rights and democracy in the world" with several paragraphs related to Armenia. Most importantly, it underlines a clear approach towards genocides and genocide denials, among other issues.   "In particular, several new amendments voted by the committee refer to genocides as well as the 100 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and request that member states acknowledge it,... Read more

Cooperation Council EU-Armenia: good progress towards a deepened cooperation

On 20 January the Cooperation Council between the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Armenia held its fifteenth meeting in Brussels. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Edward Nalbandian, the Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn took part in that session. They discussed the development of Europe-Armenia relations. Please see... Read more

Renewal of the European Commission: renewal of the EU foreign relations?

The new members of the European Commission, confirmed by the European Parliament, will take office from 1st November. They will work under the direction of Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, nominated, for the first time, according to the results of the European parliament elections.   Ms Federica Mogherini, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Italy, has been appointed High-Representative of the Union for foreign affairs and security policy and Vice-President of the European Commission... Read more

Roundtable Briefing with Mr Artak Zakaryan MP

On 16 October, EuFoA hosted a roundtable briefing with Mr Artak Zakaryan MP, Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Armenian Parliament, and head of the Armenian delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly. Read more

Basque Parliament recognises Nagorno-Karabakh self-determination

On Friday, September 12, 2014, a European Union regional parliament has, for the first time in history, adopted a motion supporting the self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh following several official visits to the region that were organized by European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) and the commitment of EuFoA contacts' network.The motion adopted today by the Basque Parliament praises the strong determination of the Nagorno-Karabakh people in their choice for democracy, despite the hard and difficult situation. Read more

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