Thank you for your interest in European-Armenian relations. Whether you are an Armenian friend of Europe or a European friend of Armenia, our organisation and this website want to help build closer connections. Armenia features higher on the European agenda than ever, but the EU and Armenia must work hard to make projects like the Eastern Partnership become a noticeable success.
Tuesday 14 July 2015
Nagorno-Karabakh Parliamentary Elections - Final Report by the Artsakh Group in the European Parliament Election Observation DelegationFollowing an invitation by Mr Ashot Ghulyan, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Nagorno-Karabakh Group in the European Parliament decided to send a delegation to observe the legislative elections in Nagorno-Karabakh scheduled for 3 May 2015.
The delegation's members conducted their activities between 2 and 4 May, and also cooperated with other present Parliamentarians from EU Member States. Their short-term observation mission was conducted in accordance with the European Parliament practices, starting with interviews to all candidates the day before the elections, then observing over 20 polling stations, including the opening of some, as well as the counting and closing.Please click here to read the final report of the delegation.
Thursday 09 July 2015
EP report calls for greater engagement with Armenia and Nagorno-KarabakhOn 9 July, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a report on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The report, assessing the EU's approach towards its immediate neighbours, contains several points relevant to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Among others, it "calls for the ENP to be developed into a more tailor-made and flexible policy framework that is able to adapt to the diversity that exists among partner countries", while considering that the "EU should invite non-association partner countries to engage in sectorial cooperation, including the possibility of concluding new or reinforcing existing sectorial agreements". In addition, the report supports enhancing mobility within the neighbourhood through visa facilitation and liberalisation and requests the European Commission to offer ENP countries participation in additional EU agencies and programs such as FRONTEX, EUROPOL, or Erasmus.
Saturday 23 May 2015
Riga Summit strengthens EU-Armenia relationsDuring the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Riga on 22 May, the EU and the EaP countries have issued a joint declaration that reviewed the EaP achievements so far and mapped out its priorities and goals ahead of the next summit in 2017. Several points of the declaration concern Armenia and its future relations with Europe.European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) welcomes this declaration. "It seems that the EU and Armenia are working together to reach a common understanding on issues of mutual interest, and this gives us hope that the negotiations for a new legal framework between both sides will be launched soon", comments EuFoA Director Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa.
Monday 04 May 2015
Nagorno-Karabakh Parliamentary Elections - Preliminary Report by the Artsakh Group in the European Parliament Election Observation DelegationFollowing an invitation sent by Mr. Ashot Ghulyan, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Artsakh Group in the European Parliament decided to send a delegation to observe the legislative elections in Nagorno-Karabakh scheduled for 03 May, 2015.
Despite the non-recognised status of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and therefore, the absence of an official observation mission of the European Parliament or the OSCE, the Group decided to assess and witness the electoral process. In particular, we take into consideration its positive evolution and commitment in terms of democratic development and respect for human rights and rule of law since its independence in 1991.
The delegation was headed by Mr. Frank Engel, President of the Artsakh Group in the European Parliament, and was composed of several MEPs and supporting staff. They conducted their activities from 02 May till 04 May, and also cooperated with other Parliamentarians of EU Member States.
Monday 01 June 2015
Collection of war threat statements by Azerbaijani officials
Azerbaijani officials, mainly President Ilham Aliyev, are recently increasing their war rhetoric with regard to Nagorno-Karabakh, frequently threatening to take the region back by force. The document linked below is a collection of their most recent statements. The articles are organised in a chronological way, with the first one being the most recent.
Wednesday 23 April 2014
“Neutrality as an effective myth: An analysis of Thomas de Waal’s explicit and implicit positions on the Karabakh Conflict”
An English summary of a paper published in German, written by an independent scholar and PhD candidate Christian Kolter, who has spent one year in Stepanakert (Nagorno-Karabakh) thanks to the EuFoA-funded Karabakh Research Fellowship. In this paper he analyses Thomas de Waal's book "Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War".
Thursday 06 March 2014
EU-Armenia relations: future developments and prospectsEuFoA's latest paper on EU-Armenia relations with a special focus on future developments. A draft version of the document has been discussed during an EuFoA-supported Centre of European Studies event "The Future of EU-Armenia relations: what's next?" on 12 February. EuFoA's Director Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa was one of the keynote speakers alongside MEP Frank Engel (Member of the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council) and Gunnar Wiegand (Director for Russia, Eastern Neighbourhood, Central Asia and OSCE, EEAS).
Tuesday 04 March 2014
The reopening of the Stepanakert airport (Nagorno-Karabakh): In the crosshair of AzerbaijanA short paper on the NK airport written by an independent scholar and PhD candidate Christian Kolter, who has spent one year in Stepanakert (Nagorno-Karabakh) thanks to the EuFoA-funded Karabakh Research Fellowship.
Saturday 09 February 2013
Poll: Armenia on the Eve of Presidential ElectionsThe results of the TNS opinion survey "Poll: Armenia on the Eve of Presidential Elections" describing the voting preferences and motivations of the Armenian voters, but also their views on the on-going campaigns of the various candidates. For this TNS opinion poll, implemented together with their local partner IPSC, 1 609 face-to-face interviews were conducted in all 10 regions (marzes) and 12 communities of Yerevan between 31 January and 5 February 2013, using the highest possible standards and extensive quality control measures, as outlined below. The poll was commissioned by European Friends of Armenia in order to contribute to a factual debate ahead of the elections.
Friday 25 January 2013
Poll: A Snapshot ahead of Armenia’s Presidential ElectionsA TNS opinion survey which describes the moods, voting preferences and motivations of the Armenian voters just before the beginning of the official electoral campaign period. For this TNS opinion poll, implemented together with their local partner IPSC, 1,607 face-to-face interviews were conducted in all 10 regions (marzes) and 12 communities of Yerevan between 15 and 20 January 2013, using the highest possible standards and extensive quality control measures, as outlined below. The poll was commissioned by European Friends of Armenia in order to contribute to a factual debate ahead of the elections.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
Full Report of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Nagorno-Karabakh Presidential ElectionsOn 19 July 2012, Presidential Elections took place in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK), and a group of eight set up by ourselves was among the large number of international observers. Please find below the full report of our Observation Mission. It is based on the interim report which we published the day after the elections.
Please click here to download the document.
Friday 20 July 2012
Interim conclusion of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Nagorno-Karabakh Presidential ElectionsOn 19 July 2012, Presidential Elections took place Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). While the NK Republic is internationally not recognised, European Friends of Armenia strongly welcomes the wish of the de-facto authorities to organise local self-government based on democratic principles. This wish has been underlined by inviting a large number of international observers, including a group of eight set up by ourselves.
Monday 18 June 2012
Armenia 2012: An Introduction to the political party landscapeA guide on the Armenian political parties, providing on roughly 1.5 pages per party the key facts about their alliances, poll and election data, history, leadership, political ideologies, foreign relations and European aspirations. This is an updated version of the paper that includes the results of the May 2012 elections.
Saturday 28 April 2012
Poll: Last Assessment of Pre-Electoral ArmeniaThe results of the poll titled Last Assessment of Pre-Electoral Armenia. This TNS opinion supervised poll with an error margin of ±2,4% was subject to extensive quality controls and conducted by IPSC and EuFoA. The fieldwork with 1600 face-to-face interviews in all regions (marzes) of Armenia took place between 17 and 22 April 2012.
Thursday 22 March 2012
Poll: A Snapshot of Pre-Electoral Armenia
The results of EuFoA poll titled "Poll: A Snapshot of Pre-Electoral Armenia". The poll was conducted by Institute for Political and Sociological Consulting (IPSC) and EuFoA, with international polling company TNS opinion providing extensive quality control and supervision. The fieldwork was conducted between 29 February and 5 March 2012.
Tuesday 06 March 2012
Free trade with Europe: boosting competitiveness and growthThe shortpaper sheds light on the specific nature of the Armenian economy, trade relations with the EU and which impact the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) can have. It states that the EU seeks a long-term economic partnership to promote trade, investments, market liberalisation and growth, intellectual property rights and European market standards, while reaffirming that such a long-term development can only be successful if it is embedded in a stable system based on democracy and the rule of law.
Thursday 08 September 2011
Oil and democracy in the UK Azerbaijan relations – an opinion poll analysisThe purpose of this paper is to analyse the UK-Azerbaijan relations in light of the findings of a recent opinion poll on the importance of values in British foreign policy, commissioned by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy (EFD, www.europeandemocracy.org).
Wednesday 31 August 2011
The EU’s assistance and development programmes in Armenia – an introduction with concrete examplesThis short-paper gives an overview of the EU's development projects in Armenia, with the aim of providing an introduction to understanding the EU's cooperation mechanism with its Eastern European neighbours.