Looking for background information about EU cooperation with the Eastern Partnership in key policy areas? The EU Neighbours East project has updated thematic info packs covering three priority areas, civil society, trade & support to SMEs, and education & training. The info packs contain policy background, examples of actions on the ground, and links to stories, photo galleries, websites and documents.
Civil Society: at the heart of the Eastern Partnership – The EU and its partners have set stronger civil society participation as a priority for successful reform in the Eastern Partnership countries. Find out how cooperation works – at regional and country level – the funding that is available, and its impact on the ground. (Download the PDF)
EU4Business: trade, business and support to SMEs – What is a Deep and Comprehensive Trade Agreement and what does it mean in practice? Why are SMEs so important to the economic transition? And what is the EU doing to encourage investment in the Eastern Partnership? Background, policy, projects, funding opportunities, and more… (Download the PDF)
Education and training: learning without borders – Investing in education and training is the best investment for the future of Europe’s Neighbourhood partners, enhancing skills, personal development and job prospects. This updated edition of the info pack on education & training highlights the extent of EU support and how it translates policy into life-changing experience for young people around the EaP. (Download the PDF)
The EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowships 2016 (Public Policy Stream) aim at identifying and promoting talented public policy professionals who can advance the quality of public debate on crucial policy issues within the Eastern Partnership (EaP). The Fellowships are available to citizens of the six EaP countries.
The purpose of the Fellowships is to encourage leading young researchers from the EaP region to apply their skills towards better policy making. The policy briefs (5-7 pages) will be written in English and elaborated under the supervision of peers from the EU, which will be assigned to the Fellows based on the topic of their proposed research. The peers will offer guidance in relation to policy writing, understanding of the EU and its policies, as well as general advocacy strategy.
It is not necessary to cover all six EaP countries in the briefs, but advantage will be given to multi-country papers . The policy briefs need to be completed (in a publishable form) by 05 November 2016. The researchers will be subcontracted and offered an honorarium of EUR 2.500 per policy brief. This amount should include any expenses related to the production of this policy brief (including data collection, publicity, communication, possible translations and proofreading).
The deadline for the applications is 13 September 2016.
‘For the EU, Armenia is not just a neighbour but part of the European family’ – EU Ambassador in Armenia
“Armenia is part of the European family in a wider sense. Armenia shares the values that we consider to be European values,” the Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, said in an interview in which he explains why Armenia is so important to the EU, and highlights the significant impact of cooperation on the ground. “The whole region of the South Caucasus is a crossroad, is a gate, it is a meeting place of different cultures, different interests, but also a place important for trade and for communication. Therefore the European Union is interested in having a strong relationship with a country like Armenia,” he added.
Reflecting on the EU’s assistance in Armenia, Ambassador Świtalski highlighted that the European Union remains the biggest international donor and investor in the country. “Our contribution to the development of this country is very versatile, visible everywhere in the country,” he underscored, adding that the EU’s assistance is directed at improvement of the north-south transport corridor going through the whole of Armenia from the southern border to the northern border.
According to the EU Ambassador in Armenia, the Union has also provided more than EUR 10 million in the upgrading of the metro system in Yerevan, and helped Armenia organise a modern waste collection and water purification systems. It is also helping to close the development gap between Yerevan and other regions of the country, in particular in the field of agriculture, which have an important economic and social aspect. The EU also assists with border management, e-governance, supports improvement of the justice system, invests in the development of the education system and facilitates students’ awareness and engagement in the opportunities offered by the EU’s Erasmus programme.
The interview has been produced by the EU Neighbours East project. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Full version of the interview on the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre website
Armenian version of the interview published in mediamax.am
EU Delegation to Armenia – website