On October 20-21, the delegation is on an official visit to Armenia. One of the scheduled events in the framework of the visit was the lecture for YSU students on the topic “Strengthening of the cooperation between Armenia and EU within the framework of Eastern Partnership”.
The delegation of the Eastern Partnership is composed of the following members: Senior advisor for the Eastern Partnership Peter Munch Jensen (Denmark), Ambassador for Eastern Neighborhood Policy Gabor Brodi (Hungary), Head of Unit for Eastern Partnership Inga Stanyte-Tolockiene (Lithuania) Head of Unit for Eastern Partnership Slavomir Masluk (Poland) and Ambassador for Eastern Partnership Martin Hagstrom (Sweden).
The guests first focused on what the Eastern Partnership is, which is its mission, what it allows member states and so on.
“Eastern Partnership is a joint policy for the European Union’s 29 member states and 6 states, located in Eastern Europe. These are Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The main objective of the Eastern Partnership is to bring the EU eastern neighboring countries as much as it is possible closer to the European Union. The cooperation is held in two directions. First is the cooperation between the EU and partner countries and the second is the individual cooperation between the EU and each of the countries,” - said Martin Hagstrom.
Then the speakers spoke of the benefits which can come from the cooperation with the Eastern Partnership: Slavomir Masluk says that it provides with a wide variety of opportunities for free mobility: “The visa regime with the European countries is being quite facilitated, numerous conferences and seminars are regularly organized, which can also be open to you,” – said Mr. Masluk.
Gabor Brodi says this is not his first visit to Armenia. Some years ago he spent a month at YSU in the framework of an Armenian-Hungarian project.
Peter Munch Jensen noted their side is interested in larger cooperation with these 6 countries, because there are common interests, the implementation of which will be beneficial for both sides.
The speeches made by our guests were followed by a question and answer. Students were interested in what can be done by the European side to in order to prevent crisis in Ukraine or how Armenia and Azerbaijan can cooperate in the framework of the Eastern Partnership, etc.