CSF Re-Granting 2017 Results have been Announced
This year in the framework of the EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme the Secretariat received 60 proposals, out of which 52 passed the eligibility screening. The Selection Committee decided to provide funding for 16 projects conditionally on the implementation of specific recommendations to be communicated to the applicants. Not all proposals are fully funded. The selected applicants will be contacted by email after 27 February. The grant agreements are expected to be signed in the coming weeks.
The majority of the selected proposals were developed under the priorities of the Working Group 1 “Democracy, Human Rights, Good Governance & Stability”, Working Group 3 “Environment, climate change and energy security” and Working Group 4 “Contacts between People” and cover at least three Eastern Partnership countries.
The selection process included:
- selection of proposals that should be potentially supported based on the rating and comments of the Selection Committee’s individual members
- discussion of each proposal and the Selection Committee agreement on recommendations, as well as on the grants’ amounts
For more information visit the EaP CSF website
01 March 2017
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, and members of the Citizen Observer Initiative held a press conference on 24 February to highlight the activities of the EU-funded “Public Oversight over Parliamentary Elections 2017” project and the importance of domestic observation of the electoral process. The project will help to conduct a comprehensive domestic observation mission during the 2017 parliamentary elections in Armenia and will involve more than 3,000 election observers.
Ambassador Świtalski mentioned the EU’s financial support to the electoral process in Armenia: “We have allocated almost EUR 4 million to support the implementation of the new voter authentication technology and EUR 2 million for the installation of video cameras and a live streaming of the election process from 1,500 polling stations; almost EUR 400,000 [has been allocated] to support programmes through the Council of Europe Office in Armenia and EUR 370,000 through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights to support civil society observation”, he said.
The registration and training processes for election observers have already started through the initiative’s website. Nearly 3,000 people have already registered, of which 1,800 have already been trained by the Citizen Observer Initiative’s lawyers.
In addition, the initiative provides an opportunity to reveal cases of election fraud. If an eligible voter is not planning to participate in the parliamentary elections for some reason, he or she can register on the website beforehand so that the voters՚ lists can be compared after the elections.
EU: Armenia an important partner for future cooperation
28 February 2017
European Council President Donald Tusk met the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on 27 February in Brussels and announced the conclusion of negotiations on the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement.
“We are looking forward to stronger cooperation in sectors such as energy, transport and the environment, for new opportunities in trade and investments, and for increased mobility for the benefit of our citizens,” Tusk said in his remarks.
In their meeting, the high-level officials discussed commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“The EU is already the first trade partner of Armenia, its first international donor and strongest supporter to reforms. We intend to expand these relations further in the coming years and have encouraged Armenia to continue reforms across a range of issues, including economic development, the business environment, the judiciary, human rights, the fight against corruption and measures to ensure free and fair elections,” Tusk concluded.