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Europe economic rebound is uncertain, uneven, says European Central Bank chief

Economy and trade

Armenia, Published on: 22 September 2020


EU grants for innovative tech start-ups in Armenia

Education, Training & Research, Information Society, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 21 September 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. The EU-funded EU4Business project ‘Innovative tourism and technology development for Armenia’ has announced a new grant scheme, offering up to €50,000 for start-ups engaged in the ‘Armenia Startup Academy Traction’ programme.

The aim of the grant scheme is to promote technology start-ups in their product and business development, to accelerate the development of products and businesses, and trigger additional investment.

The Seed Stage grant scheme requires 50%...


Scrutiny is key to prevent further escalation: EU requests Urgent Debate on Belarus at Human Rights Council

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 19 September 2020

Upon request of the European Union, the Human Rights Council held an Urgent Debate on the human rights situation in Belarus and adopted a resolution introduced by the European Union. The resolution requests  the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present an interim oral update with recommendations to the HRC before the end of 2020, and to present a comprehensive written report on the human rights situation related to the 2020 presidential election at the next Human Rights Council session...


German economy minister says Europe should not abandon globalization

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 18 September 2020


The EU expects Russia to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 18 September 2020

On 16 September 2020, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced seven individuals arrested in the Crimean peninsula on 7 July 2020, including Server Mustafayev, a Crimean Tatar activist and a coordinator of Crimean Solidarity, to prison terms for their alleged political affiliation. Their terms range from 13 to 19 years.

The European Union does not recognise the enforcement of Russian legislation in Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as it is illegal under...


European Parliament condemns Turkey's actions in Exclusive Economic Zone of Greece and Cyprus

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 17 September 2020


EU TUMO Engineering and Applied Sciences Complex to be built in Yerevan, to feature 4 components

Education, Training & Research, Information Society, Youth

Armenia, Published on: 17 September 2020


EU and partners discuss progress in Moldova–Ukraine border management

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 16 September 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. On 16 September, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) hosted an advisory board meeting on Moldova–Ukraine border management issues.

The meeting took place online and discussed the progress achieved by the EUBAM and its partner services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The participants agreed that some of the most important achievements were the sustained contribution to launching an inclusive dialogue between Chisinau and...


Armenia PM accepts his mistake after saying Belarus is member state of Council of Europe

Civil Society & Local Authorities

Armenia, Published on: 16 September 2020


EU to create its agency for biomedical research

Education, Training & Research, Health, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 16 September 2020


Belarus: City of Hrodna celebrates EU Sustainable Energy Week

Energy

Armenia, Published on: 16 September 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS . From 14 to 18 September the city of Hrodna will celebrate EU sustainable Energy Week with a variety of events and activities.

The city will organise study trips to companies with successfully implemented environmental and energy-efficiency programmes, such as the water supplier Grodnovodokanal and the local recycling plant. Visitors at the trolleybus park can learn about the advantages of electric buses, and cyclists will be invited to a joint bike ride.

As part...


Ministers back 5-year plan to put health in Europe on track

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 15 September 2020

Today, ministers of health and public health leaders from the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region endorsed a new 5-year vision, the European Programme of Work (EPW) 2020–2025, that sets down how WHO/Europe and its Member States will work together to meet citizens’ expectations for health.

“People rightly demand quality, accessible health care; they expect health authorities to protect their health during emergencies; and they want to be able to thrive in healthy communities....


International and European Federations of Journalists urge to reject Armenia parliament deputy speaker’s initiative

Civil Society & Local Authorities, Culture and Media, Justice Freedom & Security

Armenia, Published on: 15 September 2020


EU extends sanctions against violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 15 September 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS. On 10 September, the Council of the EU extended the restrictive measures over violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence until 15 March 2021.

The measures consist of asset freezing and travel restrictions, and currently apply to 175 persons and 44 entities. Other EU measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine include:

The decision was adopted by the Council by written procedure. The legal acts were published in the Official...


EU and WHO deliver COVID-19 tests and essential medical supplies to Armenia

Health, Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 15 September 2020

EU NEIGHBOURS . Last week, the EU and the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered 100 oxygen concentrators, 20 electrocardiographs and 10,000 PCR tests for COVID-19 to the Armenian Ministry of Health.

The supplies, procured by the WHO with EU support, will increase the country’s testing capacity and help patients recover from complications from COVID-19. The equipment will be provided to Armenia’s national laboratory and healthcare institutions

The oxygen concentrators are...


‘Autonomous’ vehicles: towards regulation in line with Council of Europe standards

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 14 September 2020

“The criminal law, civil law and human rights implications of the development and introduction of autonomous vehicles must be regulated in accordance with Council of Europe standards,” said the Legal Affairs Committee, meeting by videoconference.

The report by Ziya Altunyaldiz (Turkey, NR), adopted by the committee, states that the circulation of semi-autonomous or autonomous vehicles may create a ‘responsibility gap’, where the human in the vehicle cannot be held liable for criminal...


The European Union condemns execution of Navid Afkari in the strongest terms

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 14 September 2020

Iran: Statement by the Spokesperson on the execution of Navid Afkari

On 12 September 2020, Navid Afkari (aged 27) was executed in Iran, after being convicted of killing a security guard during anti-government protests in 2018.

The European Union condemns this execution in the strongest terms.

Human rights remain a central feature of our engagement with Iran. We will continue to engage with Iranian authorities on this issue including through the local EU representation in...


WHO expects more deaths from COVID-19 in Europe in October and November

Health

Armenia, Published on: 14 September 2020


EU Priorities for the 45th session of the Human Rights Council from an EU perspective

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 12 September 2020

From 14 September to 6 October 2020, the EU will participate actively in the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC45) taking place in Geneva.

The human rights situation in Belarus, following the Presidential Election on 9 August 2020, has the European Union’s utmost attention and will be high on the agenda of HRC45. As stressed in numerous statements by the EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, the EU stands by the Belarusian people’s wish for democratic...


The European Union deplores the increasingly open disregard for the rule of law in Belarus, in particular the escalation of violence and forced exile of members of the Coordination Council

Political Dialogue

Armenia, Published on: 12 September 2020

Belarus: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the escalation of violence and intimidation against members of the Coordination Council

The European Union deplores the increasingly open disregard for the rule of law in Belarus, in particular the escalation of violence and forced exile of members of the Coordination Council, in violation of Belarus’ domestic laws and its international obligations.

All Presidium members of the Coordination...