Karen Karapetyan, Prime Minister, Republic of Armenia
Galust Sahakyan, Speaker of the Parliament, Republic of Armenia
Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Armenia
Donald Tusk, President, European Council
Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission
Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Antonio Tajani, President, European Parliament
Ministers of Foreign Affairs, EU Member States
22 March 2017
Statement by the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement
The EaP CSF Steering Committee (SC) welcomes the conclusions of the negotiations on the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (the Agreement) on 28 February in Brussels and the initialling of the agreed text on 21 March in Yerevan by the Chief Negotiators of both parties. We express our hope that the signature of the Agreement in the near future will contribute to the closer and more effective EU-Armenia cooperation, and to the consistent reform process in the country.
At the same time, the Steering Committee is concerned about the fact that the negotiations were conducted behind closed doors and did not involve the consultations with the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform and other civil society actors. Moreover, no consistent public awareness campaign on the issue was implemented.
Armenian civil society express their concern that the lack of knowledge among the population about the details of the agreement, especially in light of the active propaganda against the deepening of Armenia’s cooperation with the EU and against the European values in general, may present serious risks for the future implementation of the Agreement.
The EaP CSF Armenian National Platform, a civil society platform created specifically for the support and promotion of the EU-Armenia relations in the framework of the Eastern Partnership, should play a crucial role in the implementation of the Agreement priorities after its signature.
The SC calls on the Armenian authorities and the EU institutions to take into account previous challenges in the process of deepening the EU-Armenia cooperation. We urge them to consider a more coherent approach towards a meaningful participation of the civil society in all dimensions of the EU-Armenia relations and expect that a respective consultative process will be initiated.
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EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme
BUDGET։ €4.296 million
The programme is part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme II, funded under the European Neighbourhood Instrument. It aims to support the cultural and creative sectors’ contribution to sustainable humanitarian, social and economic development in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The programme aims to:
- strengthen national cultural policies, as well as the capacities of the culture and creative sectors, and of culture operators in partner countries;
- increase the links between public institutions and private actors in the field of culture and creativity;
- include civil society in the decision making process, thus enhancing the role of culture as a driving-force for reform;
- support the participation of partner countries in international cultural initiatives.
ACTIONS IN BRIEF
Actions are carried out under four main components – research and informing policy, capacity building, network building between culture practitioners from the European Union and the Eastern Partner countries, and communicating the role of the culture and creative industries. These include:
- Development of UN national statistics on culture in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan
- Research papers on developing creative industries, on cultural heritage, on performing arts models, and on film industry development
- Cultural mapping model developed for small towns and six pilot reports
- Six national forums:
- Business Skills for the Cultural Sector (Armenia)
- Creative Industries Development (Azerbaijan)
- IT and Culture Collaboration (Belarus)
- Launch of the Creative Georgia Initiative
- Creative Cities Development (Moldova)
- Incorporating design models into industrial practice (Ukraine)
- Support for policy development initiatives
- Developing partnerships between EU and Eastern Partnership cultural organisations
- Creation of a network of 260 mid-career cultural managers
- Capacity building of journalists in cultural journalism
- Development of on-line courses for cultural managers
- Workshops on the Creative Europe programme and consultations with organisations applying for funding
- Development of website and social media highlighting trends in the culture and creative industries sector
- Translation of key manuals and reference documents on modern practice in the cultural sector in Europe into regional languages.