Armenia hosted 28th General Assembly ENTO (European Network of Training Organizations), which took place in Yerevan at the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) office on 3 October 2015. ENTO members from Armenia, Belgium, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, and Switzerland participated in the General Assembly. The participants were informed about the annual activities and expenditures of the organization. The draft budget for the next year was presented. The EPF Armenia presented its activities including in the field of local governance, where they support monitoring of the reforms in public administration. The General Assembly considered the possibility of joining EPF to the ENTO as soon as EPF Armenia makes final decision and submits an application for membership to ENTO. Options were discussed about the location of the next General Assembly.
Seminars on Good Governance
A new format of discussions of issues related to local and regional authorities was applied in Armenia by suggestion of the ENTO member the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development. The Urban Foundation organized two series of seminars in Gyumri and Yerevan on the topic of Good Governance.
The seminar in Gyumri, in the second largest city of Armenia, was supported by ALDA and was conducted at Armenian State University of Economics, Gyumri Branch and generated an unprecedented interest of the students. About 100 students participated in the seminar and actively discussed and presented their viewpoints on the concept and practices of Good Governance presented by ENTO experts.
While the audience of Gyumri seminar were students, Yerevan seminar audience were predominantly professors and staff of the Public Administration Academy (PAA) of Armenia including the Rector. After the presentations by ENTO and PAA on Good Governance and discussions, participants came to terms to draft a joint article on the topic.
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ENTO is a European Network of Training Organisations for Local and Regional Authorities from almost all of the 47 Council of Europe member States. ENTO is a "child" of the Council of Europe although it "grew up" into an independent organisation in January 1995 when it was registered in France.
ENTO is a non-profit making NGO. It is financed from membership fees, sponsorship from some of the member organisations. The Council of Europe also provides financial support to it. Member organisations also support ENTO through the provision of staff, equipment and resources.
The ENTO's office is in Strasbourg and from here the day-to-day administration is carried out.
The General Assembly of Ento
According to the Statutes, the General Assembly is a meeting of all members of the association. It is convened by the President once a year. The President also convenes extraordinary sessions at the Bureau's request or at the request of one-third of the members entitled to vote.
The benefits of joining ENTO
As is the case in many networks the membership of ENTO is diverse, some organisations are long-established with extensive experience in training while others are relatively new, members work within and across different national systems and member organisations have different specialisms. It is this diversity that gives rise to the benefits of membership, including:
How to join?
Membership of ENTO is open to European organisations who are specialising in training for staff and elected representatives of local and regional authorities. There are two categories of membership: ordinary and associate.
The new EU programme Erasmus+ 2014-2020 succeeded the LLP since January 1st, 2014.
The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.
Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.
It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.
Seminars and conferences
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