EUROPEAN UNION ADVISORY GROUP
TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ARMENIA
Acknowledging the particular progress made by Armenia in its relationship with the European Union and intending to substantially strengthen its cooperation with Armenia, the European Commission has launched a tailor-made initiative—the EU Advisory Group to Armenia—which was discussed and agreed between Serge Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, in Brussels in November 2008.
Since early 2009, the European Union has deployed a team of high-level EU Advisers in selected branches of the Armenian public administration to support the implementation of the EU-Armenia European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan (ENP AP—see: http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/documents_en.htm#3 for full text).
The EU Advisors have already started their work with the Armenian authorities to support the Government's reform agenda. Specifically, the EU Advisors provide high-level technical advice to design, steer and implement reforms aiming at strengthening the capacity of the Presidency and the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary powers of Armenia in line with the ENP AP with a particular focus on democracy, good governance, rule of law and market economy.
To expand the core group of advisors, the European Commission seeks advisers in the following fields:
- Deputy Team Leader, to assist the Team Leader in the day to day management of the Advisory Group, including coordination with European Commission Services and EU Member State authorities. Experience from EU enlargement and twinning will be a strong asset.
- Adviser to the Minister of Finance and to the Head of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia, to advise on practical issues of the application of the tax laws with regard to tax audits, based on the best practices applied in main European countries.
- Adviser to the Minister of Economy on Intellectual Property Rights, to advise on all issues related to bringing the current Armenian legislation and enforcement of intellectual property rights in line with EU legislation and best practices, in the context of future DCFTA negotiations.
- Adviser to the Minister of Economy on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Regulations, to advise on all issues related to bringing the current Armenian legislation and institutional arrangements on sanitary and phyto-sanitary matters in line with EU legislation and best practices, in the context of future DCFTA negotiations.
- Adviser to the Minister of Economy on Technical Barriers to Trade, to advise on all issues related to bringing the current Armenian legislation and institutional arrangements on technical barriers to trade in line with EU legislation and best practices, in the context of future DCFTA negotiations.
- Communication Officer, to assist the Armenian authorities in raising public awareness of the cooperation between Armenia and the European Union, including contact with media, public events and website management.
Advisers will work in collaboration with other EU Advisors under the supervision of the Team Leader and the Delegation of the European Commission to Armenia, who will ensure the coherence of all Advisers' interventions.
Detailed terms of references and required profiles for the advisers are available at: http://www.delarm.ec.europa.eu/en/group/profiles.htm. Eligible applicants will be nationals of EU Member States. The foreseen duration of the assignments is until April 2010, with possible extension.