Issue 246

Call for Proposals for the Grant Scheme within the framework of the Programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two”

Source: EU Delegation to Armenia website

21-10-2014-867919A Consortium of eight civil society organizations from Armenia and Turkey announces a Call for Proposals for the Grant Scheme within the framework of the programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two  funded by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).

The Programme’s overall objective is to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies. This will be achieved through engaging new actors in economic, cultural, educational, and awareness-raising activities between Armenia and Turkey, and improving information flow, communication exchange and networking between media, expert communities and institutions.

The Consortium is made up of Civilitas Foundation (CF), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), Public Journalism Club (PJC), Regional Studies Center (RSC) from Armenia; and Anadolu Kültür, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (hCa), and Hrant Dink Foundation (HDF) from Turkey.

One of the main pillars of the Programme is inclusiveness – to engage and support new actors in the dialogue process. To this end, the Consortium created a Grant Scheme to invite organizations and individuals from Armenia and Turkey – other than the Consortium members – to propose and implement their own project ideas, which will contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and multiply the shared outcomes.

The Grant Scheme has a total funding of € 150,000 and aims to support from 5 to 15 applicants with grants ranging from  5,000 to  20,000.

Applications are welcome from civil society organizations and individuals other than the Consortium partners. However, individuals will have to participate in the pre-grant meeting at HDF (for the applicants from Turkey) or EPF (for the applicants from Armenia) to provide clear division of tasks and responsibilities for the project implementation. Grant Scheme may also provide grants to profit-making organizations in case the grant funds contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and not used to make profit. Applicant organizations should have a formal registration either in Armenia or in Turkey. Individual applicants should be either citizens of Armenia or Turkey or should have permanent residency in Armenia or Turkey. Governmental/public agencies and political entities are not eligible to apply.

Applications will be considered by an Evaluation Committee, comprising designated representatives from all members of the Consortium. The selection criteria upon which the Evaluation Committee will consider the applications include the following:

  • Does the project contribute to the overall objective of the programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process?
  • Is the project relevant to the particular needs and constraints of the target groups it is addressing?
  • Does the project include partnership between Armenia- and Turkey-based individuals and/or organizations?
  • Does the project propose a minimum level of sustainability for the effort after the end of funding?
  • Is the project innovative and does it offer an added value?
  • Is the budget realistic and consistent with the proposed project?
  • Does the applicant have enough capacity to successfully implement the proposed project?

The Consortium will assist the awarded projects with networking and publicity. The Consortium will also share the results of the awarded projects through the tri-lingual website of the Programme. The awarded grantees will be included in the pool of Consortium contacts and will receive updates on the Programme as well as invitations to various Consortium events.

The Grant Scheme was first launched by the Consortium in 2014 with two open calls in May and September, and received a total of 130 applications, 60 from Armenia and 70 from Turkey, out of which 11 applications, 6 from Armenia and 5 from Turkey, were funded.

The current deadline for applications is August 29th, 2016.

 – Applications submitted by this deadline will receive Consortium’s feedback in September 2016. In this case, projects can start in October 2016 with the final date of activities being

Applications should be submitted in English including the following documents in the requested format:

–          Application Form (proposal) in MS Word and PDF

–          Budget in MS Excel and PDF

–          Grants Management Questionnaire  (for legal entities only) in PDF format only.

Armenia-based applicants should submit their application packages electronically to Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia) at grants@epfound.am

Turkey-based applicants should submit their application packages to Hrant Dink Foundation (Turkey) at grants@hrantdink.org

Before the submission of their proposals, applicants should read the Guidelines for Grant Scheme Applicants .

Armenia-based applicants can address their inquiries to Mr. Artak Ayunts at +374 10 25 15 75 (ext. 118) or aayunts@epfound.am

Turkey-based applicants can address their inquiries to Ms. Nazlı Türker at +90 212 240 33 61 or nazliturker@hrantdink.org

 

xlogo.png.“Comprehensive Risk and Safety Assessments (Stress Tests) of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant” 

Source: EU Delegation to Armenia website

07.07.2016

MetsamorNuclear safety is a key priority for the European Union. Following the Fukushima accident in 2011, the EU has been a world leader in carrying out comprehensive risk and safety assessments (stress tests) of its nuclear power reactors.

In August 2015, the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA) submitted its National Report on Stress Tests for Armenian Nuclear Power Plant to the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission for peer review.

This Peer review exercise took place in Armenia from the 20th to the 24th June 2016. A team of 10 EU experts (8 from EU Member states which have been nominated by ENSREG members and 2 from the European Commission) were forming the peer review team. All the information related to this peer review exercise is available on the ENSREG Website:

http://www.ensreg.eu/armenia-stress-test

Background

In 2011 the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Croatia, Russian Federation, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Turkey, Ukraine, in cooperation with the EU, confirmed their willingness to undertake on a voluntary basis comprehensive risk and safety assessments (‘stress tests’), taking into account the specifications agreed by the European Commission and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) on 24 May 2011.

At that time Armenia was not ready to take directly part to the EU Stress Tests process like Ukraine and Switzerland did but, with the support of two projects financed by the European Commission in the frame of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC), the Medzamor Nuclear Power Plant and the Armenian Regulatory Authority (ANRA) started to prepare their “Stress Tests” reports with the intention to perform thereafter an independent Peer Review process to assess them.

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