Features - Armenia
The ‘second life’ of Yerevan Metro
Feature story layout - download the PDF print version The Yerevan Metro was launched in 1981 and seemed destined to die a slow death: since 1991, the year of Armenia’s independence, the young state, in the throes of economic crisis, was unable to allocate the necessary funds t...
European type cheeses from Armenian marzes
European-type cheeses will soon have a ‘Made in Armenia’ labels and have the chance to appear in European markets. The EU-funded ENPARD Armenia project is supporting Armenian farmers from different marzes to produce new types of cheese and find new markets. 6 high-value cheese-production...
There is no alternative for European prospect in Armenia
Op-ed by Davit Alaverdyan Although Armenia declared its commitment to European values as far back as in the 90s, joining the Council of Europe in 2001 and other European organizations later, Armenia has no shortage of people trying to undermine the said commitment. Some of them oppo...
Armenia: Customs - cutting down waiting times to a third
Armenia and Georgia share a land border of 225km: three crossing points – Bargatashen, Gogavan and Bavra – connect the two countries. The traffic grows every year, but the checkpoint facilities remain the same. With the support of a € 61 million project mostly financed by the ...
Helping vulnerable families grow healthy
Growing more healthy crops sounds simple enough, but for several displaced families in Armenia’s Ararat province with no agricultural knowledge or experience, this hardly seemed like an attainable goal. However, thanks to the EU funded Rural Income Generation project, since 2011 a number of re...
Directors across borders
Even though art is considered to stand above time and politics, history proves that it needs to adapt to major social change. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the cinema industry in all Eastern Partnership countries - including Armenia - was left with Soviet traditions and without Soviet fund...
Interview with Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni – EU and Council of Europe combine strengths to help eastern neighbours consolidate reforms
The European Union has already for some time been supporting political and democratic transformation in its eastern neighbourhood through the unique expertise of the Council of Europe (CoE). The latest example is the Eastern Partnership Facility, an instrument that helps partner countries to bring t...
The road to the European market
The economic development of the European Union’s neighbours is of interest both to those countries and to the EU itself. But business environments and practices in the EU and in its neighboring countries to the east are not the same. An EU-funded project is facilitating investments and ec...
Citizens want their public spaces back
In post-Soviet countries urban spaces are being radically transformed. Everything related to the socialist past has been renamed, ranging from streets to monuments. And every urban space has been filled with commercial activities. The centre of Yerevan today is the epitome of this free market &lsquo...
Preserving a natural wonder
Lake Sevan has been fighting an uphill battle to cope with the problem of pollution for decades. Untreated sewage from towns and villages scattered along its borders has been flowing directly into the basin of this high-altitude natural wonder, creating a serious environmental problem. Sewage networ...
The better the metro system the happier the citizen…
For more than 30 years, the Yerevan metro infrastructure has been operational with almost no major capital rehabilitation. With no more than basic ongoing maintenance, the metro saw a significant deterioration of its assets. Thanks to the Yerevan Metro Rehabilitation Project co-fi nanced by the Eur...
Students without borders
Some of them go abroad to live independently or to improve their knowledge, others to establish contacts and to gain new friends. Most of them end up having the greatest experience of their life. Thousands of students every year join the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus programme, one of the most effi cien...
A faster and safer railway for Armenia
‘A faster and safer railway for Armenia’ - ENPI Info Centre feature on Rehabilitation of Railway between Tbilisi and Yerevan project Providing better, faster and safer railway services and connecting land-locked Armenia to its neighbours, while at the same time supportin...
This unique river needs protection
In a modern world where it is increasingly difficult to protect nature from human interference, a joint effort by neighbouring countries to combat pollution is of particular importance. Georgia has joined forces with Armenia and Azerbaijan in order to alleviate the negative impact of industr...
Rivers to bridge the Caucasus divide
The Kura River and its tributaries span a vast geographical area embracing, among others, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The EU-funded Kura River basin transboundary river management project aims to improve the quality of natural water resources and help the three South Caucasus countries preserve...
ECEILAW - Establishment of a Chair for European and International Law and Centre of European Law and Integration at Yerevan State University
Despite of orientation towards implementing democratic reforms andintegrating into Europe, Armenia’s higher education lacked appropriate infrastructure and basis. Project is targeted at fostering Europeanstudies and research on European Integration issues among allinterested parties. ...
Eastern Partnership – Questions and Answers
1. Why is the EU proposing the Eastern Partnership? Because the time is ripe to step up our relations with our Eastern neighbours. Events in the countries in Eastern Europe and in the Southern Caucasus affect the EU. Successive EU enlargements have brought these countries closer to the EU and...
Sustainable Integrated Land Use of the Eurasian Steppes
The steppe is a rare ecosystem; one of the rarest in Europe. It is sustained by insects, large animals, fire and the local climate. The last century saw the reduction of large animals and fire. Now the steppe needs to be stabilised through a combination of agricultural management and nature conserva...
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