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YEREVAN SCHOOL OF POLITICAL STUDIES WELCOMES 10TH GENERATION AND ANNOUNCES THE START OF A NEW STUDY YEAR
The inauguration ceremony of 2014-2015 study year of the Yerevan School of Political Studies was held on 20 September 2014 in Yerevan, Armenia. This meeting brought together YSPS participants, alumni and experts.

Welcoming speeches were delivered by Mr. Armen Zakaryan, YSPS Director, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, Director of Policy Planning of the Council of Europe, Mr. Shavarsh Kocharyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, high-ranking YSPS alumni and others.

The speakers stressed the importance of the Yerevan School of Political Studies stating that YSPS contributes to the formation of democratic systems in Armenia.  Ambassador Piotr Świtalski congratulated the participants of the new study year emphasizing that by participating in this valuable initiative participants become part of a bigger family – family of the Schools of Political Studies. He also stated that YSPS participants and alumni are considered to be informal ambassadors of the Council of Europe in Armenia.
 
 
 
THE 7TH ISSUE (SEPTEMBER 2014) OF THE SPS NEWSLETTER
This quarterly Newsletter provides up-to-date information on the activities of the Council of Europe’s Schools of Political Studies Network. It serves as a tool for the Schools themselves, but also provides useful information to friends and supporters of the Schools.

SCHOOLS OF POLITICAL STUDIES FROM EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES PARTICIPATE IN “V4- EaP” PROGRAM
On 23-27 June 2014 three representative of the Yerevan School of Political Studies participated in the first session of V4-EaP program initiated by the Visegrad School of Political Studies. The seminar was held in Warsaw, Poland. During the week-long program, 30 participants from Visegrad Region and Eastern Partnership countries not only learned more about each other but also improved their mediation, negotiations, political rhetoric and speech writing skills during lectures and practical workshops.

The VSPS-EaP initiative aims to promote the collective and individual V4 democratic transition experience to young political, social and governmental leaders from Eastern Partnership countries. The VSPS-EaP brings together 120 participants over 2 years from the EaP and V4 to undertake workshops that highlight the regions of EU integration, civil society development and general transitional experience. The participants come from the Network of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe.