2 հոկտեմբեր, 2015 13:06

Head of EU Delegation to Armenia: Turning a New Page in Armenia-EU Relations

Piotr ŚwitalskiEurope is not going to leave Armenia, Europe is ready to assist Armenia, here one can find the roots of European civilization, the European Union will never leave Armenia. This was the statement made by the new Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski.

Speaking at the Support to Armenia’s European-oriented media and public” round table conference organized by the Yerevan Press Club, Świtalski went on to say: "We are turning a new page in Armenia-EU relations. The EU wants to work and develop relations with Armenia. The EU is the biggest donor in Armenia. We provide 50 million euros annually to Armenia’s government, civil society.”

According to the Ambassador, an Armenia-EU cooperation program will be developed, taking into account the peculiarities of each country, as well as each country’s intentions towards the EU.

Speaking of the EU policy of paying special attention to media, Świtalski recalled that he also started his career as a journalist.

“I began my career in journalism during Communism. The first article I wrote was about a poster at the age of 17. Large sums were spent to prepare that poster, with a number of spelling mistakes. I wrote an article about it and criticized it. Even when there was a lot of censorship at that time, the poster was changed. It was my personal experience. I know that these things can be done even under the most difficult circumstances. I did not become a journalist. I studied at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Journalism. ... but I became a diplomat,” Świtalski said.

According to Świtalski, the freedom of speech, freedom of journalism is the backbone of a democratic society; without a strong local journalism, it is impossible to fight against corruption.

"Journalism involves citizens in local governance, pushing them to track how public funds are spent. Good journalism makes it difficult for the government agencies..."

Świtalski noted that the EU delegation is ready to assist these initiatives, and there is a new project underway.

 

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