Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

Invitation for media - Closing ceremony of the "First Inclusive Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri" project

Yerevan, 18/07/2019 - 09:33, UNIQUE ID: 190718_4
Invitations for the press

The closing ceremony of the "First Inclusive Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri" project which is co-funded by the European Union, Caritas Austria and the Austrian Development Agency, will be held on July 19 2019 in Gyumri’s October Cinema. 

Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia H.E. Mr. Piotr Antoni Switalski, the Governor of Shirak Marz Mr. Tigran Petrosyan, Gyumri Mayor Mr. Samvel Balasanyan, project Director Tigranuhi Hakobyan and Caritas Austria Program Manager Robert Moosbrugger will deliver speeches. 

During the event, the attendees will have the opportunity to view a film about the "First Inclusive Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri" project, as well as printed reports with stories, statistics and pictures will be distributed. A job fair for people with disabilities (PWD) will take place on Abovyan Street, between the October Cinema and Aregak Bakery & Cafe.  Job fair will be accompanied by “Aratta” band.

To confirm your attendance, please contact Ms. Hasmik Topalyan, Communication and PR specialist via mobile: +374 93 05 10 67.


Additional information

Brief Description:  Financed by the European Union, the Austrian Development Cooperation and Caritas Austria the project “First Inclusive and Barrier-free Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri” promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities into labour market by depicting the disabled employees as assets. The action is coordinated by Caritas Austria and executed by its partner, Armenian Caritas.The project has five major components:


  1. Herbal gardening
  2. Training and cooperation
  3. Therapeutic Handicraft work
  4. Public Awareness Raising
  5. Bakery and Coffee Shop

Actions in Brief:

  • By engaging in manual work at the Emili Aregak center, people with disabilities can demonstrate their skills and abilities in growing and maintaining delicious and high quality herbs and vegetables.
  • Empowering people with disabilities by providing them with the necessary training, support, opportunity for employment, and a pathway for their integration into the labor market.
  • People with disabilities use their creative physical and mental abilities to create, design, and take part in the production of handicrafts.
  • Increase the public’s awareness, including employers, of people with disabilities and their capability to become skilled and be employed in the labour market. Improve the public’s attitude and perspective about the rights of people with disabilities.

 A barrier free and inclusive environment of the Bakery and Coffee Shop provides the perfect setting to promote the employment of people with disabilities as their best employable attributes will be showcased.


Project duration:                  20/12/2016 – 19/07/2019                  

Total budget:                         €300.000 

EU contribution:                   €269.187

Location:                                Shirak region

Implementing partners:       Armenian Caritas, Caritas Austria




Registration of the guests


Welcoming and moderated by

Ms. Tigranuhi Akopyan, Director of Emili Aregak Center



Welcome and opening speech

H.E. Mr. Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Ambassador, Head of European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia


Welcome and opening speech

H.E. Archbishop Raphael Minassian, President of Armenian Caritas



Mr. Gerhard Schaimberger, Head of Austrian Development Agency


Film Screening



Mr. Tigran Petrosyan, Governor of Shirak Region



Mr. Samvel Balasanyan, Mayor of Gyumri


Presentation of the Project Results by Robert Moosbruger


Project Family Photo


Job Fair, Abovyan Street


* During the event the simultaneous translation is provided

** Media is invited to cover the event

*** The Job Fair will be accompanied with local music band.



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