Call for proposals
To conduct research and develop recommendations on implementation of Eastern Partnership in Armenia
Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) seeks experts to conduct research on planning and implementation of Eastern Partnership (EaP) in Armenia and develop recommendations for the Government of Armenia, European Union and Civil Society. The project is conducted as part of EPF’s Europe program supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The deadline for the submission of applications is March 5, 2011.
A detailed scope of work, including additional application instructions, can be found at www.epfound.am and is available from EPF (see contact information below).
Mikayel Hovhannisyan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel.: (+37410) 58-60-95, 58-60-96 (ext. 304).
Seminar in good governance open to EU eastern neighbors
A training seminar in good governance and administrative reforms will be organized in Germany by the Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance for those who seek to develop new ideas and innovative concepts in this field. Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian nationals can apply, according to the call for applications published on the website of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan.
Necessary qualifications include “a university degree with outstanding grades, first professional experience in the public sector and support from your employer, a precise idea for a project and commitment to the issues of good governance, management and communication, social responsibility and commitment, leadership qualities, and very good knowledge of German and good knowledge of English.
“In the course of the seminar, which will be held in German, the participants will be able to “gain exclusive insights into the political life and establish contacts,” familiarize themselves with examples of best practices in Germany and the EU and develop their own projects.
The Goerdeler-Kolleg is a joint project of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the European Commission’s Representation in Germany.
A German language refresher course will be organized from 29 August to 10 September 2011 in Germany.
Application deadline is 28 February 2011. (ENPI Info Centre)
Detailed information for applicants – EU Delegation to Azerbaijan
EU financial assistance aims to help Armenia weather the crisis
The EU has agreed a loan of up to €65 million and a grant of up to €35 million to help Armenia through the global economic crisis. This macro financial assistance (MFA) will complement sector budget support programmes financed under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).
The assistance is part of a package of external financing to cover Armenia’s balance of payment needs in 2011. It is conditional on the implementation of the economic programme agreed between the Armenia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), along with the implementation of a number of economic policy measures agreed between Armenia and the EU. European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the EU.
The first instalment, amounting to €40 million, will be released after the ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Loan and Grant Agreements by the Armenian Parliament. The release of the second instalment is planned for autumn 2011.
According to a press release, the impact of the global crisis was particularly strong on the Armenian economy, which contracted by 14.2% in 2009. In 2010, economic activity supported by appropriate macroeconomic policies revived with real GDP growing by 4%. While the economic recovery is taking hold, the country’s external situation remains vulnerable as the financing of the large current account deficit remains uncertain. (ENPI Info Centre)