National Assembly of RA, Armenia
May 16 2006

On May 11-18 within the framework of the celebrations dedicated to
the day of Europe in Armenia a prize-giving ceremony was held in
"Armenia-Marriott" hotel, which organized the European Movement of
Armenia. Representatives of the National Assembly, foreign diplomatic
missions, international organizations, NGOs and others attended
the ceremony.

Traditionally, the prizes of the European Movement are given to
the public-political figures or organizations distinguished by their
investment or European way of working as part of general trend towards
following European practice in their states.

NA President Artur Baghdasaryan was awarded the prize "The Best
European of the Year," and the prizes "The Best European Investment"
in the cultural and economic spheres received the JSC "Kanaka," "Ayas"
Nautical Research Club and "Parisian Surch" (Paris Coffee) company.

Victor Yengibaryan, Chairman of the European Movement of Armenia
ensured in his opening speech that the strengthening of the relations
with the European Union emanates from the interests of our state,
and it's the path of the perspective developments of Armenia without

NA President Artur Baghdasaryan, congratulating those awarded, noted
that the European integration is a political perspective having no
alternative for Armenia. "Whoever wants to live with that system of
values, should fight for it," ensured Mr. Baghdasaryan. Welcoming
the initiative of the European Movement of Armenia, the Parliament
President underscored that we should fight for democracy, freedom,
friendship and cooperation, which will lead our country to progress
and development.

Alexis Loiber, representative of the European Commission underscored
that Europe aims at developing the economy and spread European values:
rule of law and human rights. Mr. Loyber highlighted the consolidation
of the European Neighbourhood programme.

Henrik Kroner, General Secretary of the International European
Movement noted that the European values are united around the free
and autonomous governments and people of free will.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress