BRUSSELS–The first Convention of European Armenia’s will be held October 18-19 at the European Parliament in Brussels–Belgium. Organized by the European Armenian Federation–the pan-European meeting will serve as a forum to share ideas and concerns on important topics for Armenian communities across Europe.
European citizens of Armenian descent now number more than two million. Most immigrated in large waves as a result of the genocide perpetrated by Ottoman Turkey–the outbreak of war in the middle-east during the 1970s–and the fall of the Soviet Union. Though well-integrated in the economic–social–and cultural life of their new countries–they have kept their identity and their interest in Armenian issues.
The convention will allow participants to discuss a number of issues to recent geopolitical events and socio-economic developmen’s. More specifically–the convention will focus on Armenian culture and identity in Europe–EU-US relations–and the enlargement of the EU.
"All European-Armenian associations–groups–and organizations are invited–regardless of their political or and religious affiliations," stated Hilda Tchoboian–chairwoman of the European Armenian Federation. "Through the first European Convention–we are not seeking to establish a superstructure that would replace the various organizations that deal with European-Armenian issue. Rather–we want to create a framework for free expression that will allow various positions and opinions to emerge."
For more information about the conference visit www.eafjd.org.