BRUSSELS–The Armenian National Committee of Europe (CDCA-Europe) is proud to announce the opening of its European headquarters in Brussels–Belgium. The new central office will play a key role in coordinating Armenian advocacy efforts within the European Commission–the European Parliament and the European Council.
Plans for the establishment of the office were set in motion one year ago–when the Armenian Revolutionary Federation organized a fundraising event–held under the auspices of His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia–raising close to $1 million for the endeavor.
For more than 17 years–the CDCA has worked closely with European authorities–notably the European Parliament–in examining and adopting resolutions on issues of human rights–democracy–regional stability and peace impacting Armenia–Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia’s in general. Among the results of these efforts has been the adoption in 1987 of the Genocide resolution by the European Parliament. Following this there have been a number of other successes–including condemnation of pogroms against Armenian populations in Azerbaijan and of deportations of Armenia’s from Nagorno-Karabakh by the Azerbaijani authorities. The CDCA-Europe has also secured the adoption of resolutions supporting the right to self-determination of the Armenia’s–supporting for the OSCE Minsk Group process–and more recently through the Morillon Report addressing Turkey’s accession to Europe–in November 2000–pressing Turkey to lift its blockade against Armenia and to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
The CDCA-Europe will act as a link between European institutions and Armenian communities throughout the Europe Union (close to 1 million Armenia’s live in the EU)–and will work to increase the community’s influence within these institutions in order to foster a better understanding of political and strategic issues. In addition–efforts to ensure the worldwide preservation of Armenian historic monumen’s–the integration of Armenia in Europe–and the incorporation of the Armenian language and culture in European programs will continue.
The CDCA-Europe is composed of members from different communities throughout the EU. Its president is Hilda Tchoboian; the Executive Director of the CDCA Europe office is Laurent Lelekian; and Talline Tachdjian serves as Communications Director.