On 23-25 September, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) will gather in Tbilisi over 60 representatives of civil society, EaP governments and EU institutions to discuss progress and share experience on implementing Association Agreements and creating a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
The agreements between the EU and three Eastern Partners (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) were signed in June 2014.
Successful implementation of the AA/DCFTA has been identified as a key success factor of the Eastern Partnership. Much of the EaP CSF activities focus on different aspects of the implementation action plans.
The seminar will offer participants the opportunity to compare the situations in different countries in terms of structure, strategies and lessons learned. The result should strengthen the role of the EaP CSF as a contributor to the monitoring and policy-making process in the implementation of the agreements. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
New Heads of Delegation named for Armenia, Jordan and Palestine
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini yesterday announced the appointments of 19 senior appointments to EU Delegations, including new Heads of Delegation in Armenia, Jordan and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Piotr Switalski has been appointed as Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia. He is currently Director for Policy Planning in the Council of Europe.
Andrea Matteo Fontana has been appointed Head of the EU Delegation to Jordan. He is currently Head of Unit in charge of Geographic Coordination for Neighbourhood East in the European Commission. He previously served in Delegations in Syria and Russia.
Ralph-Joseph Tarraf has been appointed Head of the EU Delegation to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He is currently Germany’s Ambassador to Jordan.
The announcement follows 16 appointments on 28 July, which included Andrea Wiktorin as Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus. A further 4 appointments will be announced in due course, pending agreement from the third countries involved. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
An international conference on relations of Constitutional Courts with other public authorities takes place in Chisinau on 24 September, organised under the EU-Council of Europe Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.
In the framework of the conference, the Constitutional Court of Moldova and the CoE’s Venice Commission will look at questions including ‘How do constitutional courts in Eastern Partnership countries interact with the legislative and executive powers?’, and ‘How are judges nominated and budgets approved?’
The Venice Commission is an advisory body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts in the field of constitutional law. Its official name is the European Commission for Democracy through Law. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Apply now: EU-funded migration project invites Armenian journalists to take part in contest
The annual journalism competition, “Suitcase 2015” covering migration issues, has been announced by the People in Need representative office in Armenia, Repat Armenia foundation and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in the framework of EU-funded project for ‘Support of the Circular Migration and Re-integration Process in Armenia’’.
The aim of the competition is to encourage journalists concerned with raising issues of migration.
Journalists from Armenia can submit stories on migration topics: entries could include topics about return and re-integration of Armenians, TV programmes about the hazards of irregular migration, radio programmes, press reports and online materials published from 1 January to 31 October, 2015.
The deadline for applications is November 1, 2015. Thecontest is timed to coincide with the International Day of Migrants, celebrated every year on 18 December. (EU Neighbourhood Info)