Eurovision votes for Armenia spark Azerbaijani probe

Azeris who voted for Armenia's Eurovision entry have been questioned by police, accused of being unpatriotic and a potential "threat" to national security.   Below we provide an article from RFERL about the probe.   Azerbaijani Authorities Interrogate Music Fan Over Eurovision Vote For Armenia (Source: Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty,   BAKU (RFE/RL) -- It's a simple song competition. Or is... Read more

EuFoA publishes policy paper “An EU in Change: What effects on relations with Armenia?”

Today, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) published its latest policy paper "An EU in change: What effects on relations with Armenia?" on its website   The paper aims at describing and clarifying the role the EU institutions have in shaping EU-Armenia relations. It analyses the current political and institutional changes in Brussels and provides guidance to decision makers and stakeholders on both sides.   "We argue that the train towards an intensified... Read more

Troika visit sees upgrade in European-Armenian relations

An EU troika visit organised by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs concluded its tour of the South Caucasus in Armernia on Monday 20 July, after visiting Georgia and Azerbaijan. The troika was composed of Carl Bildt, Swedish Foreign Minister, Karel Kovande, Deputy Director-General and Political Director in the European Commission, John Kjaer, Head of Unit, Peter Semneby, European Union Senior Representative, Paolo Barroso Simoes from the Council Secretariat, as well as Spain's Ambassador... Read more

EU Presidency welcomes discussions on Nagorno-Karabakh

(Source: The President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, met in Moscow on the 17 and 18 July to continue negotiations over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian president Dmitry Medvedev hosted the talks, which aimed at finding a solution for the dispute which has been ongoing since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The discussions are set to... Read more

ANP reports on EuFoA’s housewarming reception

Ararat News and Publishing reports on the recent opening of EuFoA's permanent premises in Brussels. The event, held on the 7 July, was attended by over 50 guests. The purpose of the reception was to formally launch the organisation and introduce its goals, and to welcome cooperation with interested parties. Below please find the article from the Ararat News and Publishing website.   Armenian EU-Friends intensify contacts with EU (source:... Read more

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

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