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European Friends of Armenia
MottoBuilding bridges between Europe and Armenia
Established2009
TypeNGO
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Location
Director
Diogo Pinto
WebsiteWebsite

The European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) is an international nonprofit organization established in 2009, which aims to promote cooperation between the European Union and Armenia.

Mission[edit | edit source]

The main goal of the EuFoA is to strengthen ties between the EU and Armenia. The EuFoA coordinates activities between the European Parliament, civil societies, associations and NGO's, as well as the Armenian Diaspora and political organizations across Europe.[1]

The EuFoA is committed to raising awareness of the EU in Armenia, promoting Armenian issues to the EU, and ensuring the ongoing success of the Eastern Partnership program. The organization occasionally promotes issues relating to Artsakh as well.[1] In February 2018, the organization held an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Karabakh movement and encouraged the European Parliament to promote a peaceful resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[2]

The EuFoA is a member of the European Movement International and the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

Activities[edit | edit source]

The EuFoA actively works across the EU and its member states to monitor legislation that has impact on Armenia, while providing support to new initiatives. The organization also publishes various reports and documents on Armenian political issues and organizes conferences and briefings related to EU-Armenia relations. The EuFoA brings forward its initiatives and issues to the EU level.[3]

In November 2017, the EuFoA established an Honorary Council consisting of highly influential European personalities from political, business and cultural spheres, who share EuFoA’s values and ideas and take an active role to serve as ambassadors and advocates for the EuFoA.[3] In addition, the EuFoA cooperates with other organizations, embassies, parliamentary friendship groups and political parties across Europe to plan events including with the Armenian General Benevolent Union, European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy, the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly as well regular contact with the Government of Armenia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs[4][5] Former Vice President of the National Assembly, Eduard Sharmazanov thanked EuFoA members for their efforts towards the strengthening of European values and the deepening of European integration of Armenia during a meeting.[6]

Other[edit | edit source]

During elections in Armenia, the EuFoA conducts and assists in public opinion polls. Prior to the 2012 Armenian parliamentary election, the EuFoA commissioned two independent polls with extensive quality controls.[7] EuFoA also assists and monitors as an observer organization during elections in Artsakh.[8]

In 2014, the EuFoA held a hearing with other civil societies and the Council of Europe where a motion to support ongoing democratic reforms in Armenia was adopted by members.[9] In January 2016, the EuFoA participated in the sixteenth meeting of the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) in Strasbourg where members voiced their support for a new legally binding framework agreement which would strengthen EU-Armenia relations.[10]

The EuFoA supported the finalization of the new Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Armenia and the European Union, which was signed in November 2017. During the signing ceremony, the organizations Director Diogo Pinto stated, “This is a historic day for EU-Armenia relations, marking a fresh start for deepening and strengthening of relations between partners. This modern, ambitious and comprehensive agreement paves the way to a new era of prosperity, partnership and reforms, and European Friends of Armenia stands ready to ensure its success.”[11]

The EuFoA organized a conference during the 2019 Global Innovation Forum, in which EuFoA supported Armenia's participation in China's Belt and Road Initiative.[12] The organization also provided logistical support for international journalists to cover the event.[13] Furthermore, during the 2019 World Information Technology and Services Alliance held in Yerevan, the organization promoted Armenia as a technological center to international delegates and attendees.[14]

The EuFoA also promotes the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and actively reports on updates and adoptions by various European parliaments.[15]

Locations[edit | edit source]

The EuFoA headquarters is located in Brussels, Belgium. The organization also maintains a secondary office in Armenia's capital, Yerevan.[16]

See also[edit | edit source]


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Who we are". EuFoA.
  2. "Nagorno-Karabakh & the EU – Conference European Parliament 28/02". BrusselsPressClub.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "What we do". EuFoA.
  4. "Press trip to Armenia, the Silicon Valley of the South Caucasus (17-21 July 2019)". EuFoA.
  5. "Nalbandian hosts European Friends of Armenia director". Tert.am.
  6. "Eduard Sharmazanov Receives the Delegation of the Organization European Friends of Armenia". Parliament.am.
  7. "Opinion Polls give a picture of a sort, ahead of Sunday's elections in Armenia". links-dar.org.
  8. "European Friends of Armenia Observer Mission Publishes Interim Conclusion on Artsakh Election". hetq.am.
  9. "CoR and the Council of Europe work together to support Armenia". European Association for Local Democracy.
  10. "European Friends of Armenia. 2016 starts with EU-Armenia executive and parliamentary meetings". Lragir.am.
  11. "Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (#CEPA) marks a fresh start for EU-Armenia relations". Eureporter.co.
  12. "President: Armenia should be part of China's tech progress". PanArmenian.net.
  13. "The Leading Chinese Phoenix TV on Armenia's GIF19". Armenpress.am.
  14. "CNN Greece calls Armenia's IT industry the Silicon Valley in South Caucasus". Armenpress.am.
  15. "Parliament of Aragon in Spain Recognizes Armenian Genocide". Asbarez.com.
  16. "Contact us". EuFoA.

External links[edit | edit source]

Category:Armenia–European Union relations Category:Foreign relations of Armenia


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