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EU and Armenia: now even closer

14 May 2013
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The EU Chief Negotiator of the Armenia-EU Association Agreement and Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE at the European External Action Service, Gunnar Wiegand, was recently in Armenia. He took part in the 12th plenary session of talks on the Armenia-EU Association Agreement, held on 19-20 March in the Foreign Ministry of Armenia.
Wiegand gave a press conference with the Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, after the session. Both sides stressed that talks were in the final phase and that they were planning to complete them before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013.
‘Since we started negotiations in 2010, we have come a long way and I am very pleased to say that we are in the final stages of this negotiation process. We have essentially closed all outstanding issues’, said Wiegand, adding that the European Union was delivering what it had promised within the framework of Eastern Partnership, and that he was pleased to say that both parties sides were on schedule to complete their obligations.

Mnatsakanyan noted that Armenia still had some work to do, yet most probably there would not be a need for another round of negotiations.

The Deputy Minister noted that one of the elements of the Association Agreement was the Free Trade Agreement, adding that the talks were moving in a promising fashion and would be completed prior to the Vilnius summit.

The two officials paid attention to the talks on a Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement: the Visa Facilitation Agreement has already been signed; the Readmission Agreement is to be signed soon and then process will enter the ratification phase.

Later in the day Wiegand also met with the speaker of the Armenian Parliament and members of different Parliamentary Committees.

EU and Armenia: now even closer

The EU Chief Negotiator of the Armenia-EU Association Agreement and Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE at the European External Action Service, Gunnar Wiegand, was recently in Armenia. He took part in the 12th plenary session of talks on the Armenia-EU Association Agreement, held on 19-20 March in the Foreign Ministry of Armenia. Wiegand gave a press conference with the Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, after the session. Both sides stressed that talks were in the final phase and that they were planning to complete them before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013. 'Since we started negotiations in 2010, we have come a long way and I am very pleased to say that we are in the final stages of this negotiation process. We have essentially closed all outstanding issues', said Wiegand, adding that the European Union was delivering what it had promised within the framework of Eastern Partnership, and that he was pleased to say that both parties sides were on schedule to complete their obligations. Mnatsakanyan noted that Armenia still had some work to do, yet most probably there would not be a need for another round of negotiations. The Deputy Minister noted that one of the elements of the Association Agreement was the Free Trade Agreement, adding that the talks were moving in a promising fashion and would be completed prior to the Vilnius summit. The two officials paid attention to the talks on a Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement: the Visa Facilitation Agreement has already been signed; the Readmission Agreement is to be signed soon and then process will enter the ratification phase. Later in the day Wiegand also met with the speaker of the Armenian Parliament and members of different Parliamentary Committees.