Issue 88

The Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs  received the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia


On January 30, the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian received Philippe Lefort, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia.

In the course of the meeting a wide range of issues related to Armenia-EU cooperation were discussed.

In the context of the Eastern Partnership, the sides exchanged views on the negotiations over the Association Agreement, the visa facilitation regime and the launching of the negotiations over the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

Edward Nalbandian and Philippe Lefort touched upon the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, as well as the results of the trilateral meeting held in Sochi last week.


Looking for work experience at the European Investment Bank? Apply now for 2012 Eastern Partnership Internship Programme


The European Investment Bank is offering work experience for young graduates from the Eastern Partnership countries under its new Internship Programme for the region. 

The goal of the Programme is to offer successful candidates an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international multicultural environment. 

It is open to students who are nationals of the Eastern Partnership Countries (Azerbaijan- subject to Framework Agreement signature -, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and having a University degree from one of these countries.

To be eligible, candidates must have a degree from or be in the final year of a course at an institute of higher education. Successful candidates will have enrolled on a graduate study programme (be pursuing a master’s degree) and already have some work experience.

The EIB is looking for talented young individuals who wish to contribute towards improving people’s lives by promoting economic and social progress in the Eastern Partnership countries. The Programme seeks candidates specialising in a field relevant to international investment and development banking, such as finance (in particular project finance, SME financing, credit and risk analysis) or economics (micro/macroeconomics, development, statistics, job market analysis), as well as the environment, engineering (ports, roads, energy, etc.) or urban planning.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • be a national of an Eastern Partnership Country;
  • hold a degree from or be in the last year of a university programme in an Eastern Partnership Country;
  • be proficient in English and/or French; knowledge of other East European languages will be considered as an advantage;
  • have demonstrated an ability to conduct analytical work, to exercise good judgement and to work as part of a team;
  • some work experience will be considered as an advantage (usually no more than two years).

All interns will receive a monthly stipend, insurance and travel costs. Interns will be responsible for their own accommodation costs. 

Each successful candidate commits to a minimum of three months and a maximum of 12 months in the Programme, to be spent at the EIB Headquarters in Luxembourg or at one of the External Offices.

The Internship offers are accessible via the EIB Jobs page. Interested candidates must submit their applications online at The application period for the Programme is 30 January to 26 February 2012. (ENPI Info Centre)

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