Working Meeting held in Yerevan Press Club Office
The meeting participants presented the priorities of their activities and main challenges. Issues regarding the vision of possible cooperation between EaP CSF Armenian National Platform and “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” consortium, formats and spheres were discussed.
The “Promoting Integration of Syrian Armenians” (PISA) project, a joint project of the European Union and the Armenian Red Cross, officially ended on 26 April. The project has successfully established the right path for economic and socio-cultural integration of Syrian Armenians in the regions of Yerevan, Shirak, Lori, Kotayk, Aragatsotn, Ararat and Armavir.
Over the course of the project, 81 people have received training in tools to help generate income, such as cooking and car mechanics. Moreover, more than 100 people have passed language courses in Armenian, Russian and English. Beyond the vocational and language training, the project has also facilitated a network for Syrian Armenians and potential employers through initiatives such as a job portal.
As a result of the Syrian conflict, over 13,000 Syrian Armenians have fled to live in Armenia. Syrian Armenian families currently residing in Armenia were supported by the economic component of the project, while over 1,000 schoolchildren were involved in educational and integration activities.
The EU remains committed to assisting Syrian Armenians in their integration into Armenian society.
The first stage of the negotiations between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union on the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (Common Aviation Area between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union) has been kicked off.
In the frames of this agreement the Republic of Armenia will join the EU Common Aviation Area, and as a result the parties will liberalize the market, providing the airlines with the opportunity to operate the routes without any limitations and enjoy equal opportunities of servicing a market with a population of 500 million.
The effective European standards will be introduced in the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian and foreign airlines will be provided with the opportunity to operate air routes based on commercial considerations without any limiting interference by the states.
To recall, on 1 December of 2016 the Council of EU Transport Ministers adopted a mandate that allowed the European Commission to start negotiations with the Republic of Armenia.
The negotiating group of the Armenian side will be headed by the Head of the General Department of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Armenia Sergey Avetisyan. Members of the negotiating group are the Trade Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the European Union V. Simonyan, Head of the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia G. Ghalachyan, Head of the Juridical Department of the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Armenia A. Hovsepyan, Head of the Department of the European Union and World Trade Organization of the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of the Republic of Armenia A. Maysuryan, Head of the Department of the Certification of Airports and Air Traffic Management of the General Department of Civil Aviation at the Government of the Republic of Armenia G. Poghosyan and Head of the Department of the Air Transportation Regulations of the Department of Civil Aviation at the Government of the Republic of Armenia A. Chobanyan.
Negotiating delegation from the European Union side is headed by the Deputy Head of Unit for Aviation Agreements of the European Commission Klaus Geil, and includes Policy Officer Ewa Zajdel, European Commission, representatives of EU Member States and industry, the Head of Political, Press and Information Section of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia Dirk Lorenz, Political Officer of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia Andrea Chalupova, International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia Ludovic Ciechanowski and Trade Officer of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia Karen Azaryan.
The Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski will also participate in the opening of the negotiations.