Issue 186

european-commission-flagArmenia: Customs – cutting down waiting times to a third


album-gallery1471-84_Armenia-Bagratashen3Armenia and Georgia share a land border of 225km: three crossing points – Bargatashen, Gogavan and Bavra – connect the two countries. The traffic grows every year, but the checkpoint facilities remain the same. With the support of a  € 61 million project mostly financed by the European Union and its financial institutions, three new border crossing points will soon be constructed. Thanks to their modernization and the introduction of new procedures, the processing capacity of the three checkpoints will be increased and trade and transit facilitated. At the same time, security will be strengthened.Two hundred kilometres from Yerevan, Bagratashen is the main crossing point. An EU Neighbourhood Info Centre journalist went there, and this is her report.

This is part of a series of features on projects funded by the EU’s Regional Programme, prepared by journalists and photographers on the ground or the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, available in EnglishRussian and Armenian. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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european-commission-flagApply now: Media Neighbourhood project invites Armenian journalists for Interviewing Techniques workshop


MediaThe EU-funded Media Neighbourhood project is inviting Armenian journalists to attend a two-day workshop on Reporting the EU – Interviewing Techniques, due to be held on 7-8 October in Yerevan.

The workshop will address the following topics:

  • Examining different types of interviews
  • How to research and prepare for the interview
  • How to treat, and not cheat, the interviewee
  • How to phrase the questions
  • When and how to interrupt
  • How to write up/edit the interview


Participants are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • At least 2 years of experience in an established media outlet of any platform as a reporter or editor.
  • Interest in covering international news, especially concerning the EU and related subjects.

The workshop will be led by senior journalists and highly experienced trainers from the BBC, AFP and the other international media organisations. The training, conducted in English (with Armenian interpretation),will be practical and hands on. It will last two full days and attendance at every session will be mandatory.

Participants of a previous Media Neighbourhood training event are not eligible to apply.

All those interested should send their CV and a letter outlining their experience (in English or Russian) by 11 September 2014 to Olha Harbovska at

Media Neighbourhood (delivered by a consortium led by BBC Media Action) is one of three projects funded under the EU’s Regional Information and Communication Programme. The other two projects are Information support campaign EU Neighbourhood Info Centre ( focused on information production and dissemination and communications support; and Opinion polling and media monitoring (EU Neighbourhood Barometer), conducting media monitoring and opinion surveys. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Press release and application details in English and Armenian

Media Neighbourhood – Facebook page

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