EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT ARMENIA 2016 FORUM STARTS
01.07.2016
12:00
Around 200 young leaders from 20 European countries have arrived in Yerevan to participate in the European Youth Parliament Armenia 2016 Forum on July 3-9 of this year.

During the press conference at Media center, the Chief Organizer of the Forum Arman Gasparyan stated that such kind of forum is organized in Armenia for the 3rd time. 

“The forum consists of 3 parts, the first of which is the cultural part, which will take place on July 5. During this event, the delegations from Europe and Armenia will have a chance to see the architecture of Yerevan and participate in other cultural events that will take place in Yerevan that day.  July 3 event will be combined with the celebration of Vardavar in the Tumanyan Park. Later guests, partcipants and MPs from each country will have an opportunity to introduce the culture, dishes of their countries and all these will be combined with the celebration of Vardavar. The event of July 5 will be combined with the day of the Constitution,” Gasparyan said.

Further work will be in the committiees, during which MPs with the chairmen of their committiees will try to work on the resolutions and issues they have.

“They will write resolutions, which will be presented during the General Assembly on July 7 and 8. There will be debates on those resolutions and by simple voting it will be found out if their resolutions have passed or not. If it passes, it will be sent to the Head Office of the European Youth Parliament, which is in Berlin,” Gasparyan mentioned.

This time 10 committees will participate in the Forum. As Gasparyan said, the topics are always chosen in a way that they are of interest for the Armenian community and Europe, and they should be popular.

The chosen topics for this year are corruption, offshore organizations, issues of avoiding taxes, etc.

“We will try to offer a new format for cooperation and make more effective struggle against corruption and other issues,” Gasparyan added. The Chairman of the Committee on Ecological Issues Fanya Kritodulides said that their aim was to understand how they can input the mechanism of the reduction of the global environmental pollution that exists in the European Union now. 

“How to make a worldwide format based on this? Now the struggle against the environmental pollution is a big issue, as the pollution of atmosphere brings to ozone depletion, which is another ecologial issue,” Kritodulides said.

Executive director of the EYP Armenia Armine Khamoyan said, that EYP was established in 1989 in France as a school project to burn interest among young people about the issues which concerns them and the society they live in.

“Later it expanded so much that now it includes 40 countries and it is the biggest European youth organization. The whole staff consists of young people and they organize the Forum in Armenia as young people should be aware of issues all over the world and Armenia. It will help them to have an image how they can solve problems and be a participant of the solutions of those issues in the reality of Armenia,” Khamoyan said.

Lilit Arakelyan, Program coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to Lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

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