Issue 49

Analysing causes and effects of migration: ETF survey in

Morocco, Armenia and Georgia

 18-04-2011

More than 13 000 people fromArmenia,GeorgiaandMoroccoare taking part in a wide-ranging European Training Foundation (ETF) survey designed to increase knowledge about the cause and effect of migration.

The project, which was launched inMoroccoon 8 April, will ask participants about their expectations of life abroad, how they chose their destinations, what they know about their host country and what skills they hope to gain. The overall objective is to improve policies on migration, skills and employment, both in the EU and the partner countries, by providing good quality analysis.

“The project will not be limited only to research,” said Mariavittoria Garlappi, an ETF expert who manages relations with Moroccan authorities. “We hope to disseminate the results and identify concrete areas for action.”

While Armenia and Georgia are relatively new ‘sending countries’, labour emigration has a long tradition in Morocco dating back to the 1950s. Yet the impact of migration is more pervasive in Armenia and Georgia where one out of four persons is an emigrant. According to a press release, the ETF selected these three countries after close consultation with the European Commission, and after taking into account the importance of migration to the EU and its impact on the relevant countries.

The project will attempt to analyse the skills composition of potential and returning migrants, and construct a migrant profile for each of the three sending countries. The field survey, which will take place in the second half of 2011, will focus in particular on education and skills, and the employment status of potential and returning migrants before, during and after migration.

 The European Training Foundation is an agency of the European Union established to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of the EU partner countries. With an annual budget of €18 million, its mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU’s external relations policy. (ENPI Info Centre)

A Journalist’s Handbook: Covering relations between the EU and its Neighbourhood Partners

18-04-2011

Covering the EU’s relations with its Neighbours in the South and in the East can be daunting for journalists. It can also be a challenge for those interested in finding out more about this Partnership. In a bid to support those interested in the background information and the detail, the EU-funded ENPI Info Centre has put together a handbook, through which journalists can easily find out where the information is, which site to visit, who is responsible, a list of jargon guides, events calendars, etc.

This latest ENPI Info Centre publication, “A Journalist’s Handbook: Covering relations between the EU and its Neighbourhood Partners”, is available online in four languages: English, French, Arabic and Russian. All sources mentioned can be directly reached through links in the publication.

 The 13-page handbook is divided into sections listing where the sources and resources are. The sections are: 

  • Covering relations with the EU
  • The EU Press Service
  • The key players as a source
  • Events calendars and finding the people
  • ENPI Info Centre: An information resource
  • For the figures
  • Understanding EU talk
  • The background
  • EU Journalism Networks and Awards

This handbook assists people with a keen interest in the Neighbourhood Policy find their way through the plethora of information made available by the EU itself. (ENPI Info Centre) Open the handbook from here.

 

OSCE-supported conference promotes contact between Armenian and European civil society groups

OSCE Office inYerevan

14 April, 2011

Civic participation in decision making, protecting the environment, increasing government transparency and combating corruption, and promoting free media as well as good governance were among the topics discussed at a two-day conference in Yerevan.

The event is organized by the OSCE Office inYerevanand the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) with financial support from the National Endowment for Democracy.

“Building a strong civil society inArmeniais an indispensible part of the democratization process. It serves as an important catalyst in many fields of governance and will contribute significantly to the development of the country,” said Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, the Head of the OSCE Office inYerevan.

“By fostering contacts between Armenian non-governmental organizations and their counterparts in Central andEastern Europe, our Office attempts to provide the groups with the opportunity to learn from each others’ experience and enhance their capacity to advocate their stated aims.”

Carlos Hernandes Ferreiro, Executive Director of European Partnership for Democracy, said: “The conference provides a valuable opportunity to address issues related to the role of civil society organizations in democratic governance. Central European organizations have recent experience of democratic transition to share, as well as a good understanding of the post-Soviet context and of the challenges intrinsic to this kind of transformation.”

With some fifty representatives from Armenian and European civil society groups, the conference seeks to facilitate a constructive exchange of views, best practices and lessons learned from Central andEastern Europe. In three separate panels the participants discussed strengthening democratic institutions through civic participation and free media; a case study of civil society involvement in environmental protection; and strengthening good governance by increasing government transparency and combating corruption.

 

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