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The Research on Open Government Partnership in Armenia is done by Hasmik Grigoryan in the framework of the project "TechSparency & TechVocacy – new keys for opening the Governments in the BSR". The project leader is Association Institute for Public Policy (IPP), Romania, partners are Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) from Armenia and Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD). The project is supported by the Black Sea Trust (BST).   

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Recommendations on Forming and Implementing the Road Map to the Symmetrical Visa-free Regime between the EU and Armenia

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Partnership for all? Impact of Eastern Partnership on minorities. In 2009 the EU launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP) encompassing the six Eastern countries Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. What is the EU's policy towards minorities in these countries? Did minorities and indigenous peoples have a say in the political dialogue with the EU? Have they benefited from the main EU financial instruments? MRG's policy paper ‘Partnership for all? Impact of Eastern Partnership on minorities' investigates this and much more. - See More...

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Joint Statement on Enhancing the Activities Covered by the International Visegrad Fund
The Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group coun­tries empha­sized the impor­tance of the activ­i­ties sup­ported by the International Visegrad Fund and agreed to increase the fund’s annual bud­get to €8 mil­lion as of 2014.

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Call for applications: “Youth for Security and Cooperation in Europe” Model OSCE of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship
The Swiss OSCE Chairmanship and its Model OSCE project: Switzerland will assume the Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. In accord with the leitmotif “Creating a Security Community for the Benefit of Everyone”, Switzerland pursues three overarching objectives:
ð  fostering security and stability in Europe,
ð  improving people’s lives, and
ð  strengthening the OSCE and increasing its capacity to take action.
As part of its third objective, Switzerland wants to strengthen the voice of young people and enhance their involvement within OSCE structures. To achieve this goal, Switzerland will organise a Model OSCE series in which one delegate from each of the 57 OSCE participating States will be invited to participate. The participating delegates will be involved in the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship throughout the entire presidential year: By means of simulations of two specific OSCE decision-making bodies, the delegates will get familiar with OSCE structures and -themes. The participants will have the opportunity to acquire and develop various skills in diplomacy and negotiation, public speaking, communication, problem resolution of international issues, and critical thinking. They will improve their team-work and leadership abilities and meet other young people from the 57 OSCE participating States.

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Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalization Index Is Available
The liberalisation of the European Union visa regime is one of the priorities of the EU Eastern Partnership initiative covering Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Achieving visa-free travel for short-term trips between the EU and its Eastern neighbours is important not only for the Eastern Partnership states, but also the European Union. All the required criteria and benchmarks are set out in the documents prepared by the European Commission known as Visa Liberalisation Action Plans (VLAP). Right now, three out of six EaP states have been granted such Action Plans: Moldova and Ukraine in 2011, and Georgia in 2013. However, the main criteria for all the countries are similar.

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Euronest Parliamentary Assembly calls on CSF to strengthen dialogue and conduct media trainings
The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly has called in the resolution of the Political Committee on the CSF to strengthen dialogues and contacts between people across borders and conflict lines. The Committee also recommended that the EaP CSF should initiate media training programmes in order to combat mutual animosity and hate speech as well as to ensure professional journalistic standards when covering inter-ethnic relations.

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The EaP CSF Steering Committee calls for signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
The Steering Committee (SC) of the EaP CSF sees the signature of the Association Agreement (AA) with Ukraine in 2012 as a breakthrough which will open the way to irreversible changes in Eastern Europe. The year 2012 will be crucial for these changes and the launching of new contractual relations between the EU and the most advanced EaP countries.

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Eastern Partnership Minorities Network
The three years collaboration among minority organizations in the Eastern Partnership countries, especially Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine aims atincreased capacities and networking between minority activists and organizations.
We also work on their increased engagement with relevant national authorities and their strengthened role within the Eastern Partnership (EaP). It will enable them to effectively participate in democratic and policy processes positively impacting development and human rights for their communities.   
In long run it will lead to minority-informed policy development and implementation within the Eastern Partnership.

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Call for Applications – Centre for European Studies
The Center for European Studies of the Yerevan State University is glad to annoounce the call for admission for the Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (Eastern Partnership Region).
The application will be open from 15.05 2013 – 30.06. 2013
Before applying please read carefully our admission requirements and application procedure and most importantly, please consult with essay topics and requirements.
If you have any questions regarding admission, eligibility and requirements please contact us at info@regionalmaster.net

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Antall József Summer School
The Antall József Knowledge Centre of Political and Social Sciences is a young think-tank organization independent of political parties. It was founded in 2010 in cooperation with the Corvinus University of Budapest. The main vision of the institution is to support the intellectual activities of students, researchers and young professionals as well thus maintaining the political philosophy of Dr. József Antall (1932 – 1993), the first freely-elected Prime Minister of Hungary after the communist era. The main profile of the Knowledge Centre is talent management which is done in the form of organizing various praxis-oriented educational programs such as workshops, trainings, round-table discussions and conferences. Furthermore, the publication of high quality works in the field of political and social sciences is a key activity of the institution.

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“EU Foreign Policy towards South Caucasus”
On 9 April 2013 Yerevan-based Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) hosted a conference on the topic: “EU Foreign Policy towards South Caucasus”.The keynote speaker was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic MIROSLAV LAJČÁK. The conference was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Russia and Armenia.

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Security Sector Reform in South Caucasus-Remarks on V4 research trip
Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA) presents “Remarks on V4 research trip to Southern Caucasus“, which analyses main trends and challenges in Security Sector Reform in three South Caucasian countries – Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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Memory of Nations Network in EaP Countries
POST BELLUM NGO from the Czech Republic started a project: “Establishing and developing the cooperation within the Memory of Nations Network in Eastern Partnership States” The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF). The project partners are: Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC, Armenia), Institute for Policy Studies (IPS, Georgia), Association Studio Re (Georgia), Western Ukrainian Historical Research Center (Ukraine), Nation´s Memory Institute (Slovakia) and Foundation for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

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Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights: the paradox of democracies
In 2010 the Council of Europe in partnership with the European Union launched “Human Rights of People Experiencing Poverty”. This project aims to analyse poverty through the prisms of human rights, democracy and interrelations among all members of society. It establishes bases for a new strategy to fight poverty that focuses on shared social responsibilities and the commons.

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Launch of the Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalisation Index
The Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalization Index was launched by the Visa-free Europe Coalition. The Index presents the results of independent assessment of progress made by the Eastern Partnership countries towards visa liberalization. The Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalization Index shows in an accessible and interactive way the independent assessment of the fulfillment of criteria for visa liberalization by the Eastern Partnership states. This interactive tool gives one an opportunity to check and compare the progress made by each EaP state in each required policy area. The Index has been created on the basis of data collected by independent experts in the EaP countries.

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Armenians study the situation with housing Condominiums in Poland
Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) organized a Study Visit to Poland for the representatives of public administration representatives and civil society actors from Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor. The study visit took place from 19-24 November 2012. Project is co-financed from the sources of the program Democracy Support within the Polish Development Cooperation program 2012 financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

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Visegrad Scholarship Program (VSP)
The International Visegrad Fund offers Master’s and Post-Master’s schol­ar­ships awarded to selected schol­ars for peri­ods of 1 or 2 semes­ters (with the excep­tion of Master’s schol­ar­ships within the In-Coming scheme where 1– to 4-semester schol­ar­ships can be awarded). Given the annual bud­get of €1,448,000, the Fund will award about 400 semes­ters in total in the aca­d­e­mic year 2012/2013 (more infor­ma­tion).

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LECTURE ON ENHANCING THE EASTERN DIMENSION 
CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS)
and the International Visegrad Fund invite you to the lec­ture “Enhancing the Eastern Dimension—Synergies between the External Instruments of the International Visegrad Fund and the Eastern Partnership” held at CEU at 3 pm on November 21, 2012.

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EU awarded The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU). The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.

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THE EU VISA PRACTICES IN 2012: ARE THERE ANY CHANGES?
The event co-organized by Europe without Barriers summarizes outcomes of independent monitoring (the six wave) of the EU consulate’ visa issuance to the citizens of Ukraine aimed at thorough assessment of availability of the EU members state’ visa to Ukrainians and to make evaluation of the level and quality of implementation of the EU-Ukraine Facilitation Agreement and Visa Code of the EU. The project has been supported by the European Program of the International Renaissance Foundation. The foreign experts’ participation in the event is held within the project: “Independent expertise and advocacy for visa liberalisation beetwen the EU and the EaP countries” at support of the East-East Partnership Beyond Borders program of the Open Society Foundations

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Poland wants to continuously issue as many visas to Eastern Europe as possible
Poland wants to continue granting as many visas to Eastern Europe – assured the Foreign Ministry at a recent meeting with NGOs. Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to criticism of these solutions in visa policy, which according to the NGO’s are ineffective.

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“Transparency in Armenian housing condominiums as a guarantee of their effective operations”
Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI) jointly with the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) is implementing a project: “Transparency in Armenian housing condominiums as a guarantee of their effective operations”. The project is co-financed through the program “Democracy support 2012” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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Black Sea NGO Forum 2012
The Black Sea NGO Forum was launched in 2008 by FOND (Federation of Romanian NGOs for Development) with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and theRepresentation of the European Commission in Romania, in the framework of the Black Sea Synergy.  The Forum aims at increasing the level of dialogue and cooperation among NGOs in the wider Black Sea Region, strengthening the NGOs capacity to influence regional and national policies and to increase the number and quality of regional partnerships and projects.

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Contacts between people: EU visa policies and Eastern Partnership countries: Prospects and barriers for visa-liberalization
Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic launches a project: “Contacts between people: EU visa policies and Eastern Partnership countries: Prospects and barriers for visa-liberalization”. Liberalization of people-to-people contacts via visa free travel with the EU is one of the main political priorities for the Eastern Partnership countries as well as it is the issue of high importance for the societies.

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NEW DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL VISEGRAD FUND
Karla Wursterová assumes her duties as the Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund as of today replac­ing Petr Vágner whose term ended on July 31, 2012.
Ms. Wursterová is an employee of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she has been the Director of the Dept. of Development and Humanitarian Aid. Prior to that, she served at the Slovak Embassy in Prague.

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New opportunities for youth NGOs from Eastern Partnership countries
National Youth Council of Moldova (CNTM) with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic launches a project for strengthening of cooperation between youth NGOs from Eastern Partnership countries. The main aim of the project is stimulation of youth participation in this region. Partners of this project are Youth Councils from Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Thus, CNTM and  projects partners s goals is to increase visibility of youth NGOs from EaP through strengthening advocacy actions and cooperation, and at the network level is to promote dialogue with EU institutions. The project “Strengthening the youth cooperation in Eastern Partnership countries” runs till October 2012 and have a total budget of 17 000 Euro, funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic.

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Meeting of the Visa-free Europe Coalition in Warsaw
On 2 July 2012 the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw (Poland) organized the Second “Visa-Free Coalition Meeting”. During the meeting participants discussed the cooperation within the Coalition and prepared a plan of the anti-visa campaign. The meeting started with the panel discussion: “Eastern Partnership countries on the way to visa-free regime with the EU: current state of play”. The participants were officials and representatives of civil society organizations from Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

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“Armenia in Europe” conference in Yerevan
Armenia will be brought closer to Europe when the process is perceived by large sections of the country’s population, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy stated at the “Armenia in Europe” conference in Yerevan, Armenia. The Armenian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (CSF) and Center for European Studies (CES) at the Yerevan State University organized the conference. Herman Van Rompuy stressed the importance of national minorities’ involvement in the reforms.

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The Long Goodbye: Waning Russian Influence in the South Caucasus and Central Asia by James NIXEY (Russia and Eurasia Program, Chatham House)
Russia’s influence in the South Caucasus and Central Asia is in decline but it keeps pushing against the tide. Driven by post-imperial ambition it is determined to remain the key external actor in both regions in the short and medium term. This briefing paper considers the political, economic and cultural aspects of Russian influence in the countries of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and addresses Moscow’s efforts to use its ‘soft power’ resources in these countries to bolster its regional position.

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The Eastern Partnership and the Danish EU Presidency: Caught between Realism and Disillusion by Peter Munk Jensen

The European Neighbourhood Policy was born in 2004 in the aftermath of the revolutions in Eastern Europe, the fall of the Soviet empire and the consequent EU enlargement process to the East. It was a time of optimism, vision and economic growth. The article was written for the Stefan Batory Foundation.

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1st EU– Eastern Partnership Forum (March 22-24, 2012, Georgia, Tbilisi)
Initiated by Poland and Sweden, the Eastern Partnership was the European Union’s response to current challenges of international cooperation. It provides a unique opportunity to develop a prolific cooperation between the EU and the EaP countries. As a follow-up to the Warsaw Summit in September 2011, the Forum will discuss the role of the European Union in the EaP region, trade and investment opportunities, regional security and stability, visa liberalisation, and people-to-people contacts. The Forum also provides a platform for dialogue between the participating countries to deepen their relations and increase the visibility of the EaP. The review of past achievements of the EaP will lead to considering new directions of the future cooperation.

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5th KYIV SECURITY FORUM “MODERN GLOBAL SECURITY TENDENCIES: DOES DEMOCRACY MATTER?” 
On April, 19-20, 2012 will take place the 5th Kyiv Security Forum “Modern Global Security Tendencies: Does Democracy Matter?” within the framework of International Dialogue Program of the Arseniy Yatseniuk Foundation Open Ukraine.
The main goal of KSF is to promote and to strengthen defense and security cooperation between European and Black Sea region, to inform the main actors on key developments in the area of security, to enhance the strengthening of the independent and non-governmental actors’ role in the resolving of European security problems.

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V4 and Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers, Ashton and Füle Met in Prague
On 5 March, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Eastern Partnership and Visegrad Group countries met in Prague. The meeting was also attended by representatives from Denmark (current Presidency of European Union) and Baltic countries, as well as the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle.

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The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF)