Issue 42

Hello Europe book became a manual for secondary schools

On February 24th, 2011 Hello Europe book that was published within the framework of the Eurasia Partnership Foundation’s Europe Program, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development and the European Union has been authorized by Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of Armenia, for application for experimental use in secondary schools.

According to EPF Country Director Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan “The main aim of the book is to provide young Armenian readers with information about the European Union, as well as EU-Armenia relations. It refers to the history of creation of the European Union, its structure and describes the history, current stage and perspectives of the EU-Armenia relations”.    

Special meeting of media subgroup of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Istanbul

On February 21-24, 2011 Yerevan Press Club with the financial support of the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation has initiated the meeting of media subgroup of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Istanbul with participation of invited experts. CSF media subgroup members from six EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) have discussed the situation of mass media in their countries, issues related to the digitalization of translation, as well as have agreed to develop a joint report regarding the above mentioned issues in near future. It was also decided to invite state officials from different EaP member states to such meetings in order to discuss mass media policies with them. Chiora Taktakishvil and Korina Fusu deputy heads of parliamentary commissions on mass media of Georgia and Moldova were invited to Istanbul to meet CSF representatives. One of the meeting panels was dedicated to the situation related to freedom of speech in Belarus after the December 2010 presidential elections.  

Ivan Nikolchev, the head of the media department of the European Commission, informed the participants about further plans of the EU related to the development of mass media in countries of the region.       

Eastern Partnership events (March- July 2011)

Multilateral dimension

16 March, Brussels, Seminar with the SMEs Coordinators

23-24 March, Brussels, Seminar on the future of transport relations with the Eastern Partnership countries

30 March, Brussels, Business to Business meeting

31 March, Vilnius, Panel on Integrated Border Management

4-5 April, Brussels, Meeting of legal and financial National Contact Points (NCP) of the 7th Framework Programme on Research and Technological Development

4-6 April, Minsk, Civil Society Forum Steering Committee

14 April, Brussels, EaP Platform on Energy Security

28 April, Brussels, EaP Platform on Democracy, Good Governance and Stability     

tbd April, Tbilisi, Panel on Fight against Corruption

5 May, Brussels, EaP Platform on Contacts between People

19 May, Brussels, EaP Platform on Economic Integration and Convergence with EU Policies

Second EaP Summit of Heads of State and Government initially scheduled for May has been postponed until the second half of the year                      

15/16 June, Prague, SMEs Panel

15-17 June, Brussels, Civil Society Forum Steering Committee

30 June, Brussels, Seminar on the green economy

tbd June, Brussels, Trade Panel on the EU Competition Policy

tbc June, Brussels, Meeting of legal and financial National Contact Points (NCP) of the 7th Framework Programme on Research and Technological Development

6-8 July, Warsaw, Conference on learning and research mobility

1st half of the year, Vilnius (tbc), Follow-up event for Regulators of Electronic Communications

1st half of the year, tbd, Panel on Public Administration Reform

1st half of the year, tbd, Panel on Improved Functioning of the Judiciary

1st half of the year, Ukraine (tbc), Seminar on teacher training in the Eastern Partnership countries

1st half of the year, tbd, Seminar on energy efficiency and renewable energy

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