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EU-Armenia dialogue after Vilnius

13 January 2014
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On 12-13 December, the EU-supported “European Integration 2013: EU-Armenia Relations Perspective after the EaP Vilnius Summit” two-day conference was held in Yerevan, in which Armenian officials, diplomats, and representatives from international, non-governmental organisations and civil society participated. The aim of the conference was to discuss the content and format of EU-Armenia relations following the Vilnius Summit.
The Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemyan, stated that Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union and not sign the Association and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements was a step back in Armenia-EU relations. However, he went on to say that the EU respected Armenia’s sovereign decision and would continue to support those sectors which are compatible with Armenia’s new obligations.
EU representatives acknowledged the importance of civil society involvement in EU-Armenia dialogue to shape and control further reform processes. Therefore, it would be key to offer support to the Armenian National Platform of the Civil Society Forum. This would enable further cooperation in political, economic and in human rights protection reform.
The Chief of Staff to the President of Armenia, Vigen Sargsyan, referred to President Serzh Sargsyan’s statement at the Vilnius Summit, where he stated that Armenia wanted to continue the deep institutional reforms key to EU-Armenia relations. These reforms are aimed at fighting corruption, ensuring economic competition, increasing the transparency of government activities, strengthening civil society, and ensuring the independence of judiciary and freedom of speech: ‘Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union has not prevented but rather “edited” the agenda for EU-Armenia relations’. Sargsyan went on to say that Armenia was committed to continuing cooperation within the Eastern Partnership and to passing reforms.
The “European Integration 2013: EU-Armenia Relations Perspective after the EaP Vilnius Summit” conference was organised by the Armenian National Platform of the Civil Society Forum with support from the EU Delegation to Armenia.

EU-Armenia dialogue after Vilnius

On 12-13 December, the EU-supported “European Integration 2013: EU-Armenia Relations Perspective after the EaP Vilnius Summit” two-day conference was held in Yerevan, in which Armenian officials, diplomats, and representatives from international, non-governmental organisations and civil society participated. The aim of the conference was to discuss the content and format of EU-Armenia relations following the Vilnius Summit. The Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemyan, stated that Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union and not sign the Association and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements was a step back in Armenia-EU relations. However, he went on to say that the EU respected Armenia’s sovereign decision and would continue to support those sectors which are compatible with Armenia’s new obligations. EU representatives acknowledged the importance of civil society involvement in EU-Armenia dialogue to shape and control further reform processes. Therefore, it would be key to offer support to the Armenian National Platform of the Civil Society Forum. This would enable further cooperation in political, economic and in human rights protection reform. The Chief of Staff to the President of Armenia, Vigen Sargsyan, referred to President Serzh Sargsyan’s statement at the Vilnius Summit, where he stated that Armenia wanted to continue the deep institutional reforms key to EU-Armenia relations. These reforms are aimed at fighting corruption, ensuring economic competition, increasing the transparency of government activities, strengthening civil society, and ensuring the independence of judiciary and freedom of speech: ‘Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union has not prevented but rather “edited” the agenda for EU-Armenia relations’. Sargsyan went on to say that Armenia was committed to continuing cooperation within the Eastern Partnership and to passing reforms. The “European Integration 2013: EU-Armenia Relations Perspective after the EaP Vilnius Summit” conference was organised by the Armenian National Platform of the Civil Society Forum with support from the EU Delegation to Armenia.