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EU Ambassador’s press conference

29 March 2019
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On 26 February EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski gave a press conference about EU-Armenia relations: “We started the year very intensively and we are going to continue our high-level meetings and events. Our bilateral relationships are developing constructively, and the dynamics and energy of this relationship are great.

ARS_8273“I would first like to speak about the snap parliamentary elections held in December. Our views are very clear – we consider these Armenian elections to be of high quality, meeting international standards. I believe we can say that they are the best ever elections held in independent Armenia. The fact that there was no legal complaint over the results and the process was clean speaks for itself. Armenians can be very proud that they achieved this high level of credibility, transparency, and fairness of elections. Of course, it does not mean that they were perfect – there were some issues mentioned in the international reports. However, this shows work must continue and, as far as I can understand from the programme of the government and declarations made by parliamentary leaders, Armenia has a very clear intention to modernise the electoral code and system. The EU is ready to continue our support. Of course, these elections made a landmark development in political life in Armenia.

“Armenia now has a government with very strong parliamentary support, a government which recently prepared and presented its programme, which was discussed in the National Assembly. This programme is, for us, a point of reference to discuss how the EU can assist Armenia in implementing various elements of this process. So far we have had very fruitful discussions, at different levels, to explore the best way we can be supportive.

ARS_8350“The ‘CEPA implementation roadmap’ was submitted to EU at the end of last year. This very complex and impressive document has been analysed by respective services in Brussels. It contains hundreds of practical actions to implement CEPA commitments. On the last day of January European comments were transmitted to Armenia. I would like to mention that the EU is preparing a package of support for the roadmap implementation and we are discussing with our Armenian partners various measures of support. We are very close to agreeing Twinning projects. We are in advanced discussions on the deployment of high-level advisers from different EU member states to support implementation of various sectorial aspects of CEPA. I am very encouraged by the business-like climate moving forward and I am optimistic that we will have a fully formed mechanism for CEPA implementation in a few months, as well as for EU support. We will have subcommittees under CEPA in place with an intensive agenda. I hope we will maintain this good pace of cooperation”.

EU Ambassador’s press conference

On 26 February EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski gave a press conference about EU-Armenia relations: “We started the year very intensively and we are going to continue our high-level meetings and events. Our bilateral relationships are developing constructively, and the dynamics and energy of this relationship are great.

ARS_8273“I would first like to speak about the snap parliamentary elections held in December. Our views are very clear - we consider these Armenian elections to be of high quality, meeting international standards. I believe we can say that they are the best ever elections held in independent Armenia. The fact that there was no legal complaint over the results and the process was clean speaks for itself. Armenians can be very proud that they achieved this high level of credibility, transparency, and fairness of elections. Of course, it does not mean that they were perfect – there were some issues mentioned in the international reports. However, this shows work must continue and, as far as I can understand from the programme of the government and declarations made by parliamentary leaders, Armenia has a very clear intention to modernise the electoral code and system. The EU is ready to continue our support. Of course, these elections made a landmark development in political life in Armenia.

“Armenia now has a government with very strong parliamentary support, a government which recently prepared and presented its programme, which was discussed in the National Assembly. This programme is, for us, a point of reference to discuss how the EU can assist Armenia in implementing various elements of this process. So far we have had very fruitful discussions, at different levels, to explore the best way we can be supportive.

ARS_8350“The ‘CEPA implementation roadmap’ was submitted to EU at the end of last year. This very complex and impressive document has been analysed by respective services in Brussels. It contains hundreds of practical actions to implement CEPA commitments. On the last day of January European comments were transmitted to Armenia. I would like to mention that the EU is preparing a package of support for the roadmap implementation and we are discussing with our Armenian partners various measures of support. We are very close to agreeing Twinning projects. We are in advanced discussions on the deployment of high-level advisers from different EU member states to support implementation of various sectorial aspects of CEPA. I am very encouraged by the business-like climate moving forward and I am optimistic that we will have a fully formed mechanism for CEPA implementation in a few months, as well as for EU support. We will have subcommittees under CEPA in place with an intensive agenda. I hope we will maintain this good pace of cooperation”.