EuFoA Press Releases

Arman Tatoyan (Armenian Ombudsman): “The institution of the Ombudsman in Armenia is now strong and legally protected like no other in Eastern Europe.”

Today, in our Brussels office, Mr Arman Tatoyan, Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Armenia gave a briefing followed by a lively debate about the Human Rights situation in Armenia. He explained the new tools given to his institution, such as immunity for his members of staff, the Ombudsman's permanent representative in the Armenian Parliament, and the new forms of NGO involvement in his work.   "The institution of the Ombudsman in Armenia is now strong and legally... Read more

EU-Armenia framework agreement negotiations: big ambitions, positive atmosphere, good progresses bring sides closer to a successful conclusion

On 14 December, the European Friends of Armenia organised a Briefing to assess the current state of the play in the EU-Armenia framework agreement negotiations, one year into the process. Garegin Melkonyan, First Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of the Republic of Armenia, Dirk Schuebel, (EEAS) and Petros Sourmelis (DG TRADE) were the speakers at the Briefing, which was moderated by Dr Hrant Kostanyan, Researcher at CEPS - Centre for European Political... Read more

New poll in Nagorno-Karabakh shows highest support for independence

BRUSSELS, 17/11/2016 - New figures confirm that security is the main concern for the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, and that combined support for independence or unification with Armenia grows from 91.7% in 2015 to 95.1% in 2016.   Hovhannes Grigoryan, CEO of the Institute for Political and Sociological Consulting (IPSC), presented results of a new opinion poll on socio-economic developments, public perceptions of foreign affairs, international recognition, and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict... Read more

Statement by Diogo Pinto, Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), on the current situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh’s Line of Contact and the continued violations of the cease-fire

On behalf of the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), I express my deepest concern regarding the current tensions along the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, and condemn the grave violations of the cease-fire agreements perpetrated by the Azerbaijani forces since the early hours of Friday, November 11. The shelling of the military posts near Talish and Yarmja with 60mm and 82mm mortars is the most severe escalation of the fragile situation since the April Four-Day War... Read more

EuFoA’s cocktail reception

BRUSSELS, 20/09/2016: On 19 October, the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) hosted a cocktail reception at its headquarters in Brussels, to introduce its newly appointed Director, renewed team and new office. The event was attended by around 50 friends and partners of EuFoA, representatives of the EU institutions, civil society, the media, and the diplomatic corps, including H.E. Dr Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Belgium and Head of the Armenian Mission to the... Read more

Statement by Diogo Pinto, Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia

BRUSSELS, 20/09/2016 - On behalf of the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), I extend my warmest congratulations to the Armenian people as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia, on September 21st.   On this special day, I reaffirm EuFoA's unwavering and steadfast commitments to strengthen Armenia's independence, and to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Armenia in their quest for democracy, justice and prosperity, and their... Read more

Diogo Pinto takes the helm as Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA)

PRESS RELEASE BRUSSELS, 01/09/2016 - Former European Movement International and European Youth Forum's Secretary General, Diogo Pinto, has been appointed as the new Director of the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA). For more than 10 years, Diogo Pinto provided strong and efficient leadership to two large European NGOs - the European Youth Forum and the European Movement International - and he was until recently Secretary General of Fondation EurActiv, dealing with media issues. Speaking... Read more

Statement by European Friends of Armenia on the stand-off and hostage crisis at the Erebuni District Police Station

  The European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) follows with attention and deep concern the events that have been unfolding since July 17 in and around the Erebuni District Police Station, in Yerevan, and it deplores the loss of one life and the wounds suffered by several other people involved. Our thoughts are with their families and friends. EuFoA acknowledges the existence of serious frustrations and legitimate expectations within the Armenian society, which can justify protests against... Read more

New parliamentary enquiry on Nagorno-Karabakh’s aggression, sanctions demanded

Following the debate in the European Parliament, two members of Parliament (MEPs) from two different political groups - Salvatore Pogliese and Remo Sernagiotto - that could not participate in Tuesday's debate on Nagorno-Karabakh, have tabled a written question to Federica Mogherini, EU High-Representative/Vice-President. In the document, they underline that the Azerbaijani attacks "are accompanied by gross violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law,... Read more

Upcoming EU Parliamentary debate, political groups call for an effective peace in Karabakh

Ahead of the debate on Nagorno-Karabakh in the European Parliament (EP) this evening, several European politicians have already expressed their views on the worrisome situation in the region, calling for different measures of support to Karabakh. One of them is the Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras. He has already taken the floor during the European Parliament plenary opening yesterday, demanding the inclusion of Nagorno Karabakh in... Read more

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September 2020