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16th meeting of the EU-Armenia cooperation committee

4 November 2015
EU-Armenia Cooperation Committee

The 16th meeting of the EU-Armenia Cooperation Committee took place in Yerevan on 4 November 2015. During the meeting the parties discussed issues regarding the future EU-Armenia overarching agreement, EU-Armenia trade-related cooperation, and economic development. The co-chairman from the EU side was Gunnar Wiegand, the Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia and Regional Cooperation and the OSCE, and from the Armenian side was Karen Chshmaritian, the Armenian Minister of Economy.

Co-chairman Wiegand underlined in his speech that the EU remained one of the best partners of Armenia in terms of trade and investment: ‘The EU respects Armenia’s choice to join the Eurasian Union; today we will discuss the new framework of our cooperation as well as other important issues. These include, among others, general trade-related issues, justice, freedom and security, economic development, multilateral dimension, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Armenia-Turkey relations’.

Chshmaritian introduced the agenda of the meeting: ‘This committee is remarkable because the EU has received a mandate to start negotiations with Armenia and sign a new agreement. It is also noteworthy because the Armenian side has new proposals on areas of cooperation, to further develop and deepen them’.

The development of EU-Armenia relations also were considered within the context of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership.

A partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) between Armenia and the European Communities and their member states was signed on 22 April 1996 and entered into force on 1 July 1999, The EU-Armenia cooperation committee was established according to article 83 of the PCA. The meetings of this committee take place annually on a rotation basis in Yerevan and Brussels.

16th meeting of the EU-Armenia cooperation committee

The 16th meeting of the EU-Armenia Cooperation Committee took place in Yerevan on 4 November 2015. During the meeting the parties discussed issues regarding the future EU-Armenia overarching agreement, EU-Armenia trade-related cooperation, and economic development. The co-chairman from the EU side was Gunnar Wiegand, the Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia and Regional Cooperation and the OSCE, and from the Armenian side was Karen Chshmaritian, the Armenian Minister of Economy. Co-chairman Wiegand underlined in his speech that the EU remained one of the best partners of Armenia in terms of trade and investment: ‘The EU respects Armenia’s choice to join the Eurasian Union; today we will discuss the new framework of our cooperation as well as other important issues. These include, among others, general trade-related issues, justice, freedom and security, economic development, multilateral dimension, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Armenia-Turkey relations’. Chshmaritian introduced the agenda of the meeting: ‘This committee is remarkable because the EU has received a mandate to start negotiations with Armenia and sign a new agreement. It is also noteworthy because the Armenian side has new proposals on areas of cooperation, to further develop and deepen them’. The development of EU-Armenia relations also were considered within the context of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership. A partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) between Armenia and the European Communities and their member states was signed on 22 April 1996 and entered into force on 1 July 1999, The EU-Armenia cooperation committee was established according to article 83 of the PCA. The meetings of this committee take place annually on a rotation basis in Yerevan and Brussels.