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Hristea’s lecture at the “School for the European Future of

11 February 2013

The Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, recently gave a lecture on EU-Armenia relations to the first graduates of the “School for the European Future of Armenia”, organised by the “School of Young Leaders” and the “Konrad Adenauer Foundation” in Armenia.

The “School for the European Future of Armenia” is a four-month course, during which students had an opportunity to attend lectures given by the Justice Minister of Armenia, Hrair Tovmasyan, the Deputy Minister, Ruben Melikyan, the Head of the EU Department at the Ministry of Economy of Armenia, Argam Aramyan, and many others.
The Ambassador congratulated graduates, stressing the importance of the knowledge they had received for shaping Armenia’s future, and answered students’ questions.

Hristea first of all spoke about the history of EU-Armenian relations, from the beginning to the most recent phase of bilateral relations. He noted the three major objectives for Armenia’s European integration were closer political relations, economic integration into the European market, and increasing mobility within a safe and secure environment: ‘Armenia is actively involved in bilateral and multilateral relations within the Eastern Parntership. We launched negotiations for an Association Agreement in July 2010; since then we have managed to make impressive progress)’.

By assessing the EU-Armenia relations in 2012, the Ambassador quoted Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Eduard Nalbandyan, who said that 2012 had been a European year for Armenia. According to Hristea, this was true to a large extent. He recalled the recent visits of high-level EU officials to Yerevan, saying that all these events were coupled with intense meetings, discussions, negotiations, and the signing of documents, which were a clear expression of commitment and engagement between the European Union and Armenia: ‘In the future we want to finalise what we have started so far; mainly the finalisation of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. ’.

Hristea’s lecture at the “School for the European Future of

The Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, recently gave a lecture on EU-Armenia relations to the first graduates of the “School for the European Future of Armenia”, organised by the “School of Young Leaders” and the “Konrad Adenauer Foundation” in Armenia. The “School for the European Future of Armenia” is a four-month course, during which students had an opportunity to attend lectures given by the Justice Minister of Armenia, Hrair Tovmasyan, the Deputy Minister, Ruben Melikyan, the Head of the EU Department at the Ministry of Economy of Armenia, Argam Aramyan, and many others. The Ambassador congratulated graduates, stressing the importance of the knowledge they had received for shaping Armenia’s future, and answered students’ questions. Hristea first of all spoke about the history of EU-Armenian relations, from the beginning to the most recent phase of bilateral relations. He noted the three major objectives for Armenia’s European integration were closer political relations, economic integration into the European market, and increasing mobility within a safe and secure environment: ‘Armenia is actively involved in bilateral and multilateral relations within the Eastern Parntership. We launched negotiations for an Association Agreement in July 2010; since then we have managed to make impressive progress)’. By assessing the EU-Armenia relations in 2012, the Ambassador quoted Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Eduard Nalbandyan, who said that 2012 had been a European year for Armenia. According to Hristea, this was true to a large extent. He recalled the recent visits of high-level EU officials to Yerevan, saying that all these events were coupled with intense meetings, discussions, negotiations, and the signing of documents, which were a clear expression of commitment and engagement between the European Union and Armenia: ‘In the future we want to finalise what we have started so far; mainly the finalisation of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. ’.