On 4 June, the European Commission issued a new report on “EU-Armenia relations in the framework of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy”.
The report covers the period between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2017 and has been published ahead of the first European Union–Armenia Partnership Council, which will be held on 21 June. The document looks at developments in Armenia and in EU–Armenia relations over the past two-and-a-half years.
According to the report, since January 2015, EU-Armenia relations have developed significantly. The negotiation and provisional application of a new bilateral partnership agreement, as well as the finalisation of Partnership Priorities in February this year have contributed to this success, the report said.
“We have witnessed a very important period for EU-Armenia relations and for Armenia itself”, said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. “A lot of hard work and determination has gone into our new bilateral agreement, which stands to bring visible benefits to our citizens, from strengthening transparency and accountability, to creating more opportunities for trade and investment, to environmental protection. Now is the time to implement the agreement, along with our Partnership Priorities, so as to turn the hard work on paper into concrete results.”
EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said that in addition to the new agreement, there have been steps taken to bring citizens of the EU and Armenia closer together through the initialing of a common aviation agreement and the extension of the Trans-European Transport Network.
“Armenia has also participated actively in our Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels last November, when leaders endorsed the 20 deliverables for 2020, complementing the priorities of our bilateral agenda,” Commissioner Hahn added.
Since 2014, the EU has provided close to €120 million of financial support to Armenia, with a focus on private sector developments, governance, education and other areas.
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