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The EU allocated €850,000 for 9 December snap elections preparations and monitoring in Armenia. On 21 November, the EU Ambassador to Armenia, Piotr Świtalski and representatives of three civil society organisations signed three new grant contracts. This support runs in parallel to the European Union’s substantive contribution to the Election Basket Fund (the Contribution Agreement of €1,500,000 signed on 14 November 2018) aimed at strengthening the election administration system before early parliamentary elections on 9 December 2018.
Ambassador Świtalski highlighted the importance of this event to the EU: “Today’s event is extremely important – it is about empowering civil society, about empowering Armenian citizens to be involved in the electoral process. I am grateful to our partners who decided to create these partnerships and implement the projects at very short notice. We hope very much these efforts will be fruitful. While we all understand that democracy is not built overnight, and is not only about good elections; it is a long-term process. That said, it starts with elections and we believe that these elections will meet best international standards and will open up a new chapter for Armenia”.
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