EU-Armenia relations saw progress on several agreements in 2014, while Armenia continued its democratic transition, though some issues of human rights and rule of law remain to be dealt with, according to the 2015 ENP Country Progress Report, taking stock of relations over 2014.
EU-Armenia Visa-Facilitation and Readmission Agreements entered into force in 2014, while Armenia can now participate in EU programmes and agencies.
Both sides confirmed their commitment to cooperation within the Eastern Partnership, and are working towards a new legal agreement compatible with Armenia’s membership of the Eurasian Economic Union.
In 2014, the EU provided €34 million worth of funding to support small businesses and private sector development, and protection of human rights.
Among recommendations for the year to come are electoral reform, new anti-discrimination legislation, and intensified reform. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
ENP Package – Armenia Factsheet
EU-Armenia Action Plan and Press release on Armenia Fact sheet here: http://www.europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4689_en.htm
The EU-funded ‘Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress’ project has released a mapping study on Civil Society Organisations in Armenia, analysing the needs of civil society actors and their capacities to get involved in policy dialogue in the country, as well as how they can contribute to policy dialogues.
The report covers the following sections: Overview of CSOs; CSO legal environment; CSO relationship with other stakeholders; CSO financial sustainability; CSO participation and capacities in policy-making.
The study concludes that CSOs should apply more efforts for building own capacities, develop their skills and train others to enlarge the scope of impact. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
The Regional & Capacity Building Unit (RMCBU) of the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Culture Programme has presented a practical guide to strengthen strategic planning as a necessary element for the development process in the field of culture and society in general.
The new manual is aimed at state and non-state actors in EaP countries operating in the culture sector to promote and stimulate participatory strategic planning practices. This, in turn, will result in tangible culture policy reforms.
It is available for download as a PDF. A Russian version of the extended edition of the Manual will be published soon.
The Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the region. It seeks to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries’ cultural networks and actors. (EU Neighbourhood Info Centre)
Eastern Partnership Culture Programme – website