2012 ENP Progress Report on Armenia published | EUNewsletter

2012 ENP Progress Report on Armenia published

14 May 2013
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The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, presented the annual European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Progress Report on Armenia on 15 March 2013.
Hristea stressed that there had been intensified EU-Armenia political dialogue in 2012, including significant progress in negotiations over the EU-Armenia Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement: ‘Armenia has continued to implement sound macroeconomic policies and structural reforms. There have also been efforts towards meeting the objectives of the Action Plan in the areas of poverty reduction and social cohesion’. Three negotiation rounds on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement have been concluded and a Visa Facilitation Agreement was signed in December 2012.
According to the report, despite the fact the 2012 parliamentary and the 2013 presidential elections were generally transparent and that there has been a serious effort to address issues related to human rights and fundamental freedoms, much more work needs to be done, particularly in the implementation and enforcement of legislation.

‘Freedom of assembly and expression were generally respected but media independence remained insufficient. The report also mentions that there was limited action against high-level corruption’, said Hristea.

The Progress Report included recommendations in different areas, for example addressing the shortcomings identified by the OSCE/ODIHR concerning the parliamentary and presidential elections. As in the previous Progress Report, the new report also recommended fully investigating the deaths of the events which followed the March 2008 presidential elections.

The report encouraged stepping up efforts with Azerbaijan to reach an agreement on the Madrid Principles, in accordance with the commitments made by the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan within the Minsk Group, to ensure unimpeded access to representatives of the EU to Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions, and to support conflict transformation activities in full compliance with the Minsk Group’s activities.

Hristea said that the EU was still concerned about the current state of the Metsamor power plant: ‘The report recommends continuing to work towards closing the Metsamor nuclear plant and to adopt a detailed decommissioning plan, taking into account the result of the 2012 stress tests report’.

Armenia adopted a decree which lifts visa obligations for EU Citizens as of January 2013. An increasing number of Armenian students and researchers also benefited from different European educational programmes.

For more information on the report, please refer to:

http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/index_en.htm
http://www.enpi-info.eu

2012 ENP Progress Report on Armenia published

The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, presented the annual European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Progress Report on Armenia on 15 March 2013. Hristea stressed that there had been intensified EU-Armenia political dialogue in 2012, including significant progress in negotiations over the EU-Armenia Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement: 'Armenia has continued to implement sound macroeconomic policies and structural reforms. There have also been efforts towards meeting the objectives of the Action Plan in the areas of poverty reduction and social cohesion'. Three negotiation rounds on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement have been concluded and a Visa Facilitation Agreement was signed in December 2012. According to the report, despite the fact the 2012 parliamentary and the 2013 presidential elections were generally transparent and that there has been a serious effort to address issues related to human rights and fundamental freedoms, much more work needs to be done, particularly in the implementation and enforcement of legislation. 'Freedom of assembly and expression were generally respected but media independence remained insufficient. The report also mentions that there was limited action against high-level corruption', said Hristea. The Progress Report included recommendations in different areas, for example addressing the shortcomings identified by the OSCE/ODIHR concerning the parliamentary and presidential elections. As in the previous Progress Report, the new report also recommended fully investigating the deaths of the events which followed the March 2008 presidential elections. The report encouraged stepping up efforts with Azerbaijan to reach an agreement on the Madrid Principles, in accordance with the commitments made by the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan within the Minsk Group, to ensure unimpeded access to representatives of the EU to Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions, and to support conflict transformation activities in full compliance with the Minsk Group’s activities. Hristea said that the EU was still concerned about the current state of the Metsamor power plant: 'The report recommends continuing to work towards closing the Metsamor nuclear plant and to adopt a detailed decommissioning plan, taking into account the result of the 2012 stress tests report'. Armenia adopted a decree which lifts visa obligations for EU Citizens as of January 2013. An increasing number of Armenian students and researchers also benefited from different European educational programmes. For more information on the report, please refer to: http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/index_en.htm http://www.enpi-info.eu