Armenia: Visit - "Perspectives of European-Armenian relations"


From June 30 to July 03, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation has organised for the 3 members of the Armenian Parliament, including: the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Artak Zakaryan, the Vice-Chairman of the Committee of Territorial Administration and Local Government, Mr. Araik Hovhannisyan and a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr Shirak Torosyan, a visit - "Perspectives of European-Armenian relations" to Berlin. During the visit, among other things, the discussions with the Head of Unit for South Caucasus and Central Asia of the Foreign Office, Mr Marc Bogdahn, the Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for Caucasus in the German Bundestag, Mr Johannes Kahrs, MP, and also the background discussion within the FriEnt 'Round Table - "What does the Ukraine crisis for the conflict situation in the South Caucasus?" took place. At the end of the visit a Roundtable with German experts and the Member of the German Bundestag Gernot Erler, the coordinator of the German Federal Government for cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership was held.
As part of the visit program at the talks, the three subjects were conducting: How
will Armenia's relations with Germany and Europe after the decision of Armenia on the accession to the Eurasian Economic and Border Union, develop in the future? How the relations with Russia will be discussed in Germany and how the European-Russian relations are developing against the background of the crisis in and around Ukraine?; What developments, in particular the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, mean in the region for security and understanding in the South Caucasus?


Armenia: Training of Trainers for TU´s


On 14-17th of July 2014, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation organized in Aghveran, Armenia, a 4-day methodical training for 30 trainers from various trade unions in Armenia.
With the help of an invited experienced trainer from Germany, the trade union trainers received the necessary methodological skills of a trainer for more successful performance in the unions.
The focus of the TOT's were t
he role and attitude of the moderators and coaches, principles of moderating, basics of communicative and participatory learning, facilitation methods (card query, clustering, topic memory, point queries), etc.


Georgia: Seminar - "Teacher - a guide to Europe "


On the 30-31st. May, 2014, a two-day seminar with the title - "Teacher - a guide to Europe " was held. The aim of the seminar was to inform teachers about the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration and to involve them actively in the process. 70 geography , history and civics education teachers were selected from Tbilisi and the regions. In the frame of the workshop, an exhibition of the contest of wall-newspapers - "My European future ", regarding NATO and the European Union was announced by the Information Center.

The project is carried out by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, NATO and EU Information Centre and National Center for Teacher Professional Development. The project is supported by the Georgian State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ministry of Education and Science and the Delegation of the European Union.



Georgia: Meeting with the Defense Minister


Upon the challenges for Georgia shortly before the signing of the Association Agreement, a background interview with the Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, entitled "Georgia before signing the EU Association Agreement" was held on 27 June at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung House in Berlin. The event was opened with an introduction by Dr. Fritz Felgentreu MP (SPD), member of the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag.

Link: Video


Georgia: The Speech of Georgian Foreign Minister


With regard to the planned signing of the Association Agreement with the EU in June 2014 and the current crisis in Ukraine in the background, Georgia is facing major challenges in efforts both to the Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as to improve the relations with Russia. On the subject of these challenges, the Georgian Foreign Minister, Maia Panjikidze held a speech on the event at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on 11 April in Berlin, entitled "The European orientation of Georgian foreign policy." The event has been opened with an introduction by the member of the German Bundestag Gernot Erler, the coordinator of the German Federal Government for cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.

Link: Video


Georgia: "Pulse of Georgia. From October to October"


Since the surprising and peaceful change of government in Georgia in October 2012, the opinions about Bidzina Ivanishvili´s new government step far apart, within Georgian society and among Western partners . Therefore, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung together with the Independent Expert's Club published a series of articles in which various authors analyze the developments of the last 13 months in different policy areas. The book entitled "Pulse of Georgia. From October to October" was presented in Berlin and Brussels at the beginning of November and two weeks later in Tbilisi. The presentations and subsequent discussions were attended by government and parliamentary representatives, as well as civil society experts.
Publication: Geo; Eng.

Armenia / Yerevan: The Fourth National Conference on Social Dialogue


On 22 October, the Fourth National Conference on Social Dialogue was held in Yerevan. The main organizer of the conference, the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA), together with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, aimed at discussing within the framework of social partnership with all three social partners the problems and challenges of small and medium enterprises. The conference was attended by the representatives of the government and the parliament of Armenia, diplomats, representatives of the ILO, together with the social partners and civil society organizations.

Georgia / Svaneti: Involvement of civil society in local governance


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the "Center of Svanetian Youth" implemented a project in Upper Svaneti to motivate civil society to engage more actively in decision-making processes. Parallel working groups worked in the areas of development of agriculture and communal utilities, tourism, environmental and connected legal aspects. Publications and radio programs accompanied the activities.


Armenia/Aghveran: Academy of Social Democracy


Politically interested young citizens have difficulties to orient themselves in the ideological chaos of political parties in Armenia. In addition, due to non-transparent structures and the lack of ideology and programs traditional parties in Armenia,  do not present a political “home” for youngsters. Therefore, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Armenia invited about 70 young multipliers from different faculties of universities (law, economics , political science , linguistics, art, etc.) to learn and discuss the basics of social democracy within the framework of a 3-days seminar. From  18th - 20th and from 25 - 27th October, the seminar participants, with the support of experienced trainers and innovative methodology, have attempted to determine their own position and the goal of their actions from the perspective of social democracy. The seminar participants tested their ability in dealing with positions of other political currents through working groups and role-playing campaigns.

Georgia: The 4th International Conference on Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Georgia


On 19-20 September 2013, The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized the 4th International Conference on Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Georgia in cooperation with the Georgian Trade Union Confederation and the Georgian Employers Association in Chakvi. The conference was attended by representatives of the government and the parliament of Georgia, diplomatic corps, the ILO, the ITUC, the ETUC, social partners and civil society organizations.
Conference topics included the new labor law, the current status of collective bargaining, ensuring labour safety, improvement of labor rights of women and the need of the establishement of a tripartite Social Commission.

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