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Beyond Erasmus Phase II – Networking Fellowship in Brussels

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Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey (Phase II)

Meet the Beyond Erasmus ‘dream team’: Cem, Sinan, Cagla, Ecenur, Mathilde, Katharina, and Selen made it to Brussels. During the week of 7-11 February 2022, the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) office in Turkey hosted, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in 2020, the seven finalists from Turkey, Germany, and France. The networking fellowship trip in Brussels is part of the “Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey”.

Against restrictions and fear of COVID-19 infection, our student-fellows had the opportunity to meet with diverse people, like the liberal VP of the Renew Europe party, MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MP from Brussels citizen’s assembly, Pepijn Kennis,  senior European Commission officer Bernard Brunet (DG NEAR), to name but a few. The group also had the chance to exchange ideas and engage with cultural institutions (EUNIC), journalists, entrepreneurs and representatives from the Motion Picture Association.

Informal networking lunches and dinners provided an alternative venue for in-depth and genuine exchanges, including planning for the next phase of the project, bonding with their trainers, and more importantly with one another.

The third and final phase of the Beyond Erasmus program will conclude with the delivery of three lectures which will take place during March-April 2022 in Adana, Eskisehir, and Samsun in cooperation with local public academic institutions. Stay tuned with ENC to find out more about the upcoming activities of our Beyond Erasmus project.

ENC In-Depth Podcast – Armenia and Turkey: Unpacking Negotiation Strategies and Political Conjunctures

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ENC In-Depth Podcast – Armenia And Turkey: Unpacking Negotiation Strategies And Political Conjunctures

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Armenia And Turkey: Unpacking Negotiation Strategies And Political Conjunctures” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan. In his recent article, Dr. Ter-Matevosyan provides a short analysis of how the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has shaken the Armenian internal political landscape. The author also examines the present relations between Armenia and Turkey, with the latter being a firm supporter of Azerbaijan during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, the recent attempts by the two sides to appoint diplomatic envoys in order to normalize bilateral relations, and the Armenian government’s handling of the fragile situation.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of ENC Academic Council Member Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan who is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Program at the American University of Armenia.

You can listen and watch the in-depth interview here:

 

ENC Analysis: Armenia and Turkey – Unpacking Negotiation Strategies and Political Conjunctures

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ENC Analysis: Armenia and Turkey – Unpacking Negotiation Strategies and Political Conjunctures

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “Armenia And Turkey: Unpacking Negotiation Strategies And Political Conjunctures”.

The ENC Analysis is written by our academic council member Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan who is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Program at the American University of Armenia.

The Armenian internal political landscape, security foundations, and relations with neighbouring and third-party countries have changed in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In this publication, Dr. Ter-Matevosyan analyzes the current relations between Armenia and Turkey, with the latter being a staunch supporter of Azerbaijan during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, recent efforts by the two sides to appoint diplomatic envoys in order to normalize bilateral relations, and the Armenian government’s handling of the delicate situation.

The full analysis is available here.

Press Release: The European Union will help rural youth strengthen digital skills and be resilient to new challenges

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The European Union will help rural youth strengthen digital skills

and be resilient to new challenges

The project “Promoting Equal Economic Opportunities and Resilience of Youth” in the Kyrgyz Republic (Sanarip Insan (Digital Citizen) was launched with the financial support of the European Union.

The aim of the project is to provide knowledge of the work of the digital and green economy to young people and women living in rural regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. This project provides for holding information events to increase the level of digital literacy in cooperation with the media and social networks, adapting and developing educational and methodological materials with representatives of the education sector, as well as conducting joint initiatives with representatives of the digital economy and government agencies to train young people to work in digital platforms in the e-government, e-commerce and digital economy sectors.

Within the framework of the project, the involved representatives of youth and women will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully start their activities on Kyrgyz and international digital platforms, digital wallets, marketplaces, and will receive advanced IT enabled entrepreneurial skills. As a result of passing the training, representatives of youth and women will be able to receive funding for the implementation of their IT start-ups.

The final result of the project is to improve the indicators of youth protection according to the Sustainable Development Goals and the protection of human rights.

The project is implemented by the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) together with the Public Association “Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter” with the support of the European Union Delegation in the Kyrgyz Republic. The duration of the project is 30 months.

Additional information about the project can be obtained: by phone +996 (755) 330335 and by e-mail: isockyrgyzchapter@gmail.com or by phone +32 (0) 26465139 and by e-mail: media@encouncil.org.

‘This website was created and maintained with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) / Public Association “Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter” and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union’.

To read the project fact sheet click here and pусская версия пресс-релиза по этой ссылке. Басма сөз үчүн билдирүү кийинки шилтеме менен кыргыз тилинде жеткиликтүү.



Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic
21 Erkindik Boulevard, Business Centre Orion, 5th floor
Bishkek, 720040, Kyrgyz Republic

Telephone: +996 312 26 10 00
Fax: +996 312 26 10 07

E-mail: delegation-kyrgyzstan@eeas.europa.eu
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