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.
Friday 20 March 2015
European and Armenian parliamentarians confirm a new phase in EU-Armenia relations
Today, on March 20, the fifteenth meeting of the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC), composed of European and Armenian parliamentarians, was held in Yerevan. The PCC adopted a joint statement on the future of EU-Armenia relations, the Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa comments: "The adoption of this text together with a deep degree of mutual understanding and collaboration by both delegations show that EU-Armenia parliamentary relations are at the highest level. In the context of the EURONEST PA that finished on Wednesday in Yerevan and the visit to Armenia of EU Commissioner Hahn, it was a very good week for EU-Armenia relations overall."
Tuesday 17 March 2015
EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly adopts 6 texts, one on the Armenian GenocideOn 17 March, the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly (PA) adopted 4 reports and 2 urgent resolutions - one of them on the Armenian Genocide - during its fourth ordinary session taking place in Yerevan this week. The documents concern the areas of economic integration, political affairs, energy security and social issues and put forward several proposals on "Engaging in a stronger partnership between the EU and Eastern European partner countries through the European Neighbourhood Instrument for 2014-2020", "Infrastructural cooperation between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries: road, rail and air transport joint projects" or "Culture and intercultural dialogue in the context of the Eastern Partnership".
Monday 16 March 2015
Euronest, a Multilateral Dimension of Relations with Europe
Ahead of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly to be held in Yerevan on 16-18 March, EuFoA Director Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa has been asked to write a column presenting EURONEST and Armenia's involvement within this Assembly.
The article entitled "Euronest, a Multilateral Dimension of Relations with Europe" was published by the monthly Armenian magazine of the Economics & Law Centre. The Centre began its activities with the publication of the magazine for managers and the specialists of organization management: accountants, lawyers, auditors, tax specialists, financiers, managers, marketing specialists and others.
Below we reprint the article with kind permission of the magazine.
Thursday 12 March 2015
European Parliament includes the Armenian Genocide and genocide denials in the EU’s Human Rights policy
Today, on 12 March, the European Parliament has adopted the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the world 2013. Several clauses of this document are relevant to Armenia, especially the paragraph that "calls, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, on all the Member States to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition."
European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) warmly welcomes this European Parliament report. EuFoA Director, Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, comments: "After a long break, the European Parliament reasserts its position on the Armenian Genocide, and again reaffirms that genocides and their denials are a human rights matter. During this special year, we are thankful for this strong signal of European solidarity with the Armenian people."
Monday 23 March 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.