AEGEE-Yerevan and Center for European Studies see EU as a path to Development of Armenia

On 11th of May Student Council of the Center for European Studies and AEGEE-Yerevan NGO organized a conference, devoted to the Europe Day. It’s obvious that cooperation between Armenian and European Union involves more and more spheres. The European Commission puts forward concrete ideas for enhancing its relationship with the Eastern neighbors, including Armenia. The Partnership with EU can promote democracy and good governance; strengthen energy security, promote environment protection, improve the legal area and support economic and social development.

All these are the advantages the countries can get as a result of the deeper cooperation. Does it mean that we can consider the reforms provided by the agreements with EU a path leading to development?

This was the main topic which was discussed during the conference. The conference was aimed at discussing all possible gains EU partners can have as a result of cooperation with EU. Besides, the challenges we can meet on this way were discussed. The conference entitled “EU as a Path to Development” tried to show the student’s opinion and view on these essential issues.

Opening speeches were made by the Director of the Centre for European Studies Artur Ghazinyan, the Chairman of the CES Student Council Arevik Ghalumyan and the President of AEGEE-Yerevan Armenak Minasyants. They emphasized currently, the European Union deepens its relations with eastern neighbors, which is also very important for Armenia. This cooperation can contribute to the development of democracy, energetic security, socio-economic reforms, environmental protection, etc.

Students tried to find out weather the EU can be viewed as a path of developing or not, what are the benefits for eastern neighbors from the cooperation with the EU and what the obstacles on this way are.

8 reports were made by the CES and YSU students, as well as AEGEE-Yerevan NGO experts. The speakers highlighted the following issues in their reports: EU priorities in the context of cooperation with Armenia, the role of NGOs in the Eastern Partnership Civil Platform, the application of the model of European integration in the South Caucasus, Armenian and European identities, the possible involvement of the EU in the settlement of Karabakh conflict, and so on.

The participants of the conference received certificates of participation and the best reports will be published.

First cooperation between AEGEE-Yerevan and Center for European Studies was successful and we are looking forward to further common projects, which will raise the visibility of the EU in Armenian and will promote European Values.

About Shushan Khachatryan

Shushan Khachatryan, MBA candidate at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Founder of AEGEE-Yerevan back in 2010, member of AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project. Enthusiastic about Eastern Partnership Programme and contributes to the programme by encouraging youth initiatives. Dream is to see peaceful Caucasus in the very nearest future.

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