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Europe Day 2019 celebrations will be launched on 11 May in Armenia and will continue till 26 May

Armenia, 10/05/2019 - 09:08, UNIQUE ID: 190510_12
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Europe Day 2019 celebrations will be launched on 11 May in Armenia and will continue till 26 May

The EU Delegation to Armenia invites everyone to participate in the Europe Day* public celebrations. This year the celebrations will be held in 5 Armenian cities and culminated  in Yerevan. 

Europe Day 2019 activities will be held under the "Road to Europe" theme. Europe Day first regional open-air celebration will be in Kapan on 11 May. Yeghegnadzor will host the Europe Day celebrations on 12 May, Ijevan will host the celebrations on 17 May, Dilijan will host the celebrations on 18 May, Gyumri will host the celebrations on 19 May and Yerevan will host a classical concert (Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony) on 21 May and the open air event on 26 May.

The events will include outdoor information fairs attended by various EU-funded projects and projects' beneficairies, sports and entertainment various competitions, "Nordic Walk" in Yerevan attended by the EU Ambassador, branded gifts by the European Union Delegation to Armenia and big open air concerts in all the cities with the participation of Armenian and European artists.

In the frames of the Europe Day events in Kapan on May 11,  a new plastic recycling facility will be officialy inaugurated (Kapan, 15 Gortsaranayin St). The facility has been established and equipped through the European Union funded “Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste” (IES) under the  Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP) initiative.

For the first time in Armenia, a startup recycling facility is being established in the community, which processes plastic waste into materials after passing several technological cycles and mixing with sand on a production line. In order to supply the startup with enough plastic waste, the project is creating infrastructure for its separation and collection all the way down from Yeghegnadzor to Meghri involving 9 communities in Vayots Dzor and Syunik marzes. The first batch of curbstones and street tiles   will be used to improve public spaces in those communities that have supplied plastic waste for the line.    

The two-year project’s budget is around €750,000, of which €510,000 is the European Union's contribution. 25% of the project budget was funded by the Armenian Government and project implementers, the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Kapan Municipality.

In Kapan, the Europe Day celebration will start at 16:30 at Garegin Nzhdeh Squar. The EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski and Kapan community representatives will welcome and congratulate the audience on the Europe Day.

We invite journalists to the EU Delegation pavilion at 17:30 for a briefing with the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski.

This year as well, participants of outdoor public events will have an opportunity to learn more about Europe and EU-funded projects in Armenia, get acquainted with the projects’ achivements, enjoy good music, participate in various competitions and receive many surprises. Various contests will be held for children and adults at Garegin Nzhdeh Square, and one of the most popular Armenian rock bands "Nemra" will perform at the end of the event.

Celebration at the Yeghegnadzor amphitheatre will start on 12 May at 15:00. The EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski and Yeghegnadzor community representatives will welcome and congratulate the audience on the Europe Day. Numerous contests for children and adults are designed for the Yeghegnadzor residents and Aram MP3 will perform at the end of the event.

At 16:30 we invite journalists to the EU Delegation pavilion, to meet the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski for a briefing.

Follow the link to get acquainted with the details of the upcoming events in the framework of Europe Day 2019 in Armenia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN4Z92c5hew&feature=youtu.be

And for the events programme visit:

https://www.facebook.com/eudelegationtoarmenia

Entrance is free for all public events.

For media inquiries please contact Liana Khachatryan: +374 95 515671 mobile phone or write at liana.khachatryan@publicis.am

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*On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, necessary for peaceful relations and development.  Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and neighbours.  

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