REDEMOS Public Stakeholders Conference

On May 13 REDEMOS Horizon Europe Project hold the Public Stakeholders Conference at Yerevan State University.
The event gathered EU Ambassadors, representatives of academia, state bodies, international and civil society organisations, experts to reflect in the EU democracy support in the Eastern Neighbourhood. A special stress was on case of Armenia, its democratic transition, authoritarian threats and regional risks.
The event started with welcome speeches by YSU Rector, Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, REDEMOS Team Leader in Armenia, Arusyak Aleksanyan and REDEMOS Deputy Coordinator, Tobias Schumacher.
The event continued with Keynote Speech delivered by H.E. Ambassador Vassilis Maragos, Head of EU Delegation to Armenia – European Union in Armenia.
The Conference continued with Panel I “Taking stock of two decades of EU democracy support towards its Eastern neighbourhood: progress and challenges” moderated by Arusyak Aleksanyan. The Panelists were H.E. Amb. Paruyr Hovhannisyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan; Tina Freyburg, Professor, Chair of Comparative Politics, University of St. Gallen; Lousineh Hakobyan, President, Europe in Law & Co-Chair, EU-Armenia Civil Society Platform, Yerevan; Michael Martin Richter, PhD, Post-doctoral fellow & REDEMOS Researcher, University of Surrey; and Grigor Yeritsyan, CEO, Armenian Progressive Youth, Yerevan.
The Public Stakeholders Conference concluded with Panel II “What’s next for Armenia? Democratic transition, authoritarian threats, and regional risks” which was moderated by Tobias Schumacher, Professor & Deputy Coordinator, REDEMOS, NTNU, Trondheim & College of Europe, Natolin. The panelists were H.E. Amb. Patrik Svensson, Ambassador of Sweden to Armenia – Embassy of Sweden in Yerevan; Alexander Markarov, Professor & Vice-Rector for Scientific Policy and International Cooperation, YSU, Yerevan; Natia Natsvlishvili, Permanent Representative of the UNDP in Armenia, Yerevan; Sona Ghazaryan, MP, Standing Committee on European Integration, National Assembly, Yerevan.