“We are pleased to see that Armenian youth is becoming more and more interested in the EU-Armenia relations, and in the Eastern Partnership in general”, noted Mr. Ara Margarian, the Head of the EU Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Armenia, during his meeting with Armenian Young European Ambassadors (YEAs). The meeting was organised on the initiative of the Armenian MFA.
Mr. Margarian stressed the importance of the role young people play in shaping the future of EU-Armenia relations: “Your participation in the formation of the Civil Society Platform, which will monitor the implementation process of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, signed between the EU and Armenia, is essential to its success”, mentioned Mr. Margarian, encouraging YEAs to be active and examine the experiences of other Eastern Partner countries in the formation of their civil society platforms.
YEAs briefed Mr. Margarian and MFA representatives on their activities, objectives and participation in events, conferences and youth summits organized by the EU, as well as their mission in Armenia during the Europe Day festivities in May 2017.
“This is my first term as a YEA, but I knew about the network long before. After the Europe Day festivities in Armenia last year, where I took part in YEA activities, I became very enthusiastic about joining this amazing network” said Diana Yeghiazaryan, an Armenian YEA and social media outreach coordinator of the network in Armenia.
Arpine Hakhinyan, another “newcomer” to the YEA family, mentioned the significance of working with young people from different regions: “I am from the region of Lori. It is essential for us to work with young people in other regions to raise awareness about EU-Armenia cooperation and how we can benefit from this”.
Mr. Margarian noticed the fact that YEAs come from different professional backgrounds, which is very important, as this means they can have new insights and fresh ideas in various areas of cooperation between Armenia and the EU. The importance of the new Eastern Partnership institutional setup, as well as cooperation with the East StratCom Task Force and the EU Delegation in Armenia, were stressed mutually.
In his concluding remarks, Mr. Margarian expressed his readiness to cooperate with the YEAs to achieve common objectives. He encouraged the YEAs to be as active as possible and wished them success in their future projects.
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