The European Commission has launched the second phase of Covenant of Mayors in the Eastern Partnership countries and the new Mayors for Economic Growth initiative (M4EG) at a conference in Armenian capital Yerevan on 26-27 October. Representatives from the business sector attended the event which targeted energy efficiency.
The projects aim to strengthen cooperation with local authorities and NGO representatives for better support, control, best practice exchange, development of effective administrative tools for regional development. They will reinforce the partnership between government and the private sector, create new jobs and stimulate economical growth.
The Mayors for Economic Growth initiative (M4EG) is based on the Covenant of Mayors concept, but applied to the economic field. The project will support local authorities in EaP countries to become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation by strengthening their technical skills and capacities to implement economic strategies, in line with the principles of good governance and sound financial management. The initiative includes technical assistance support but also the financing of demonstration projects.
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is a bottom-up initiative which brings together local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing the EU climate and energy objectives on their territory. The overwhelming majority of Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy signatories are small to medium-sized cities, which have set themselves ambitious long-term climate and energy policies to improve the quality of life for their citizens. (EU Neighbours East Info)
Workshop on Civil Protection for ANP Members
On October 14, 2016 at Crisis Management State Academy of the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES CMSA) a workshop on civil protection issues was held for the members of the Armenian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum.
Before that event the representatives of RA Ministry of Emergency Situations and EaP CSF Armenian National Platform had periodically had meetings to discuss a number of issues regarding the organization and conduct of the workshop.
During the workshop H. Matevosyan, Major General, rector of the RA MES Crisis Management State Academy, E. Sargsyan, head of chair of civil protection at RA MES CMSA and A. Movsisyan, lecturer at the chair of civil protection at RA MES CMSA gave lectures on the issues of civil protection, sheltering of population in war zones and the alert and peoples’ actions in the system of civil protection. All the lectures were followed by active discussions and question and answers.
The ANP members discovered lots of new information on the crucial issues of civil protection; agreements were reached to continue the cooperation both with ANP member organizations separately and with the whole Platform.
Armenia: EU report on civil protection achievements and plans
The Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia and other national civil protection and disaster risk management stakeholders met at the 3rd National Advisory Group meeting on 20 October in Armenian capital Yerevan to report on progress with disaster prevention.
The meeting was organised within the EU-funded Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the EaP Countries (PPRD East 2). Programme experts reported to Armenian officials on the accomplishments of the Programme in 2016, and presented activities on disaster prevention to be implemented in the future.
The PPRD East 2 Programme is the EU-funded Flagship Initiative for increasing the disaster risk management capacities of Eastern Partnership societies and improving population protection from the consequences of natural and manmade disasters in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. (EU Neighbours East Info)
The European Union and Council of Europe joint programme has organised a conference to review the implementation progress of Election Observation Missions recommendations. The conference was organised as part of the Programmatic Cooperation Framework for representatives of Eastern Partnership national parliaments, electoral administration, media regulators and civil society organisations on 24-25 October 2016 in Venice.
The aim of the “Follow up to the recommendations of international Election Observation Missions in the countries of the Eastern Partnership” conference was to analyse the recommendations of international Election Observation Missions and to identify a system for technical electoral assistance for each country, individually and for the region.
The EU-Council of Europe Programmatic Co-operation Framework aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to implement domestic reforms. It also aims to bring the countries closer to Council of Europe and EU standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million. (EU Neighbours East Info)
EU4Business week launched in Armenia
Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, H.E. Piotr Antoni Świtalski and the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia, Garegin Melkonyan announced the launch of the EU4Business Week in Armenia on 24 October in Yerevan. The EU4Business Week will highlight EU support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through diverse activities, facilitating public dialogue for the benefit of businesses both in the Eastern partner countries and in Armenia.
During this week, for the first time in Armenia, a high level international conference “Fostering Sustainable Development in Eastern Partnership countries” will take place on 26-27 October. Representatives of national authorities will discuss new EU initiatives and instruments for sustainable urban development and best practices of successful modernisation of urban infrastructure.
The conference will feature a signing ceremony with 25 Mayors of new signatory cities from EaP countries to join the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy including four from Armenia.
H.E. Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia said: “This initiative launched is a strong signal for the EU commitment to support businesses, for the direct benefit of real economy and increasing the country’s and the region’s competitiveness.’’
First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments Garegin Melkonyan said: “I welcome the launch of the EU4Business Week in Yerevan and extend my gratitude to our European partners for this outstanding initiative. Armenia attaches great importance to the EU assistance provided to partner countries within the framework of the Eastern Partnership for the implementation of the economic reforms with a special focus on ensuring and deepening of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.” (EU Neighbours East Info)