Issue 129

EU Delegation to Armenia invites to Europe Day Information Fair

Europe DayThe EU Delegation to Armenia has invited everyone to take part in an open-air public celebration and Information Fair on May 25, organised in the framework of Europe Day 2013. Around 70 EU-funded projects will showcase their activities at the fair, in areas such as education, poverty reduction, trade, youth, culture, environment and others.

“Europe Day in Armenia has become an annual multi-layer event, representing European cultural diversity and showcasing EU-Armenia cooperation,” said a press release from the EU Delegation in Yerevan.

The fair will also include cultural activities, workshops, music and dance representing Greece, Spain, France, Poland, Germany, Romania, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Europe Day marks the beginning of European integration, which was prompted by one potent overarching goal – to ensure peace and stability in Europe, said Traian Hristea, Head of EU Delegation to Armenia: “Europe Day has become a symbol of peace, unity and common European values. Europe Day is celebrated also in Armenia and we hope that all participants of this year’s events will learn more about the EU and EU-Armenia cooperation”.

The Europe Day celebration will culminate with a concert and the announcement of the winner of this year’s Youth Contest “My Scrapbook of Change,” who will receive a ticket to Europe. Entrance is free for all public events. (EU Neighbourhood Info)


European Commission launches upgraded Export Helpdesk: Your one-stop-shop on how to export to the EU


export-helpdesk-642x336The European Commission yesterday launched the new version of its Export Helpdesk. This free online service is the one-stop-shop explains to business in developing countries on how to export to the EU. In just in a few clicks businesses can find the EU requirements, taxes, tariffs, preferential arrangements, rules of origin and statistics that apply to their products.

The revised version is easier to use and has lots more information. New features include:

  • A “My export” section that with just one click provides the key data applying to a product;
  • New pages explaining how the EU works and what the rules are for doing business in the EU;
  • Tips and tricks for better understanding EU legislation;
  • Detailed explanations on rules and proofs of origin necessary in order to benefit from preferential arrangements;
  • A 3-minute video  explaining how to use the Export Helpdesk.

The Export Helpdesk, created in 2004, is a concrete example of the EU’s commitment to facilitating trade with developing countries. Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, the Export Helpdesk aims to support those countries most in need. Besides keeping the website regularly updated, the Export helpdesk team also organises capacity-building training in the field. “We not only inform, but also explain” is their motto. 
(EU Neighbourhood Info)

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