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EU-Armenia flagEU launches new project with focus on justice reform and human rights in Armenia

armenia criminal projectThe EU and Council of Europe (CoE) are launching a new project called “Supporting the criminal justice reform and combating ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia”, aiming at strengthening the implementation of European human rights standards in Armenia. The official launch takes place on 30 September.

The new project should improve legislation on criminal matters, and institutional mechanisms for combating ill-treatment in line with European human rights standards.  In addition, it will help to train prosecutors and investigators on criminal justice and human rights, and to improve the knowledge and skills of investigators on criminal justice and human rights.

With a budget of €500,000, the project is part of the EU-CoE Cooperation Framework in the Eastern Partnership Countries for 2015-2017. The €33.8 million-worth co-operation agreement was signed last December to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in six Eastern Partnership countries.(EU Neighbourhood Info)

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EaP CSF to be represented in the Steering Committee of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme

21 September 2015

Culture and Creativity Prgramme logoSix EaP CSF members will represent the Forum in the Steering Committee of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme. The Programme supports the cultural and creative sectors’ contribution to sustainable humanitarian, social and economic development in the EaP countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and it is funded by the European Union, and implemented by a consortium led by the British Council, in partnership with the Soros Foundation Moldova, the National Centre for Culture of Poland and the Goethe-Institut.

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EU Cult logoEU launches second phase of Eastern Partnership Culture Programme


The Eastern Partnership Culture Programme II was officially launched at a regional conference in Georgia on Friday, bringing together partners from all six EaP countries, the EU, the Council of Europe (CoE) and the British Council.

The event officially launched the joint EU/CoE project “Community-led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns (COMUS)” and the “EU-Eastern Partnership Countries Culture and Creativity Programme”, implemented by the British Council. By developing urban-strategies for historic towns, supporting creative industries and assisting civil society, cultural actors and public administration alike, the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme II will enhance the important political, economic and social development role of culture.

The EaP Culture Programme II with a total budget of €4.95 million includes two components:

– Technical assistance to support building capacity and bringing culture higher on the political agenda. It addresses the needs of public administrations and civil society.

– Joint EU/CoE project “Community-led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns”, with a budget of €650,000. The initiative supports 6-12 historic towns in the development of urban strategies for the rehabilitation of heritage. (EU Neighbourhood Info Centre)

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CORLEAP conference in Yerevan establishes priorities for EaP countries for 2016–2017


21502036112_0643bbebfc_zMembers of the Bureau of the Conference for regional and local authorities for Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) meeting in Yerevan on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to pursuing common goals and approved an action plan for 2016–2017, with priorities for further actions regarding decentralisation, capacity building and funding opportunities for local and regional authorities in the EaP.

“All those factors contribute to improved business environment and cross-border and territorial cooperation in the region,” said CORLEAP co-chair, President of the Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula.

In the second part of the meeting, CORLEAP members took part in a conference on Local Democracy in the EaP.

CORLEAP was established by the Committee of the Regions in 2011 to bring a regional and local dimension into the EU’s Eastern Partnership. CORLEAP brings together 36 regional and local elected representatives from the EU and the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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