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EU-Armenia partnership perspectives

1 March 2012

Since the beginning of EU- Armenia relations, the EU has been assisting the implementation of the country’s reform goals through different projects. The new Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, who arrived in Armenia in December 2011, spoke about EU-Armenia relations shortly after starting his duties.
– What is your vision for EU-Armenia bilateral relations?
– We can see a significant evolution of bilateral relations between the European Union and Armenia over the last few years. Armenia declared willingness to get as close as possible to the EU; the response by the institutions of the European Union was quite supportive both in terms of policy dialogue and support to reforms. Therefore, I do think that this good start should only be kept for the future – we should keep all our commitments related to the negotiations on an Association Agreement, and Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements (soon to be launched), as well as to discussions on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. It is very important to underline that all these efforts will be substantiated by rapid progress with reforms on which the EU would offer assistance based on the commitment of the Armenian authorities and the ‘more for more’ principle confirmed at the Eastern Partnership Warsaw Summit.
– What assistance can we expect from the EU to meet challenges on the way to European Integration?
– The European Union has not only committed itself, but already delivered. We are a trustworthy partner from this perspective. Reforms are still going to be implemented in the fields of Regulatory Framework, Comprehensive Institution Building, issues which are related to a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, and other areas. We already have existing commitments, projects and programmes to support Armenia. I would like to underline that the assistance provided under the ‘more for more’ principle will follow after an important test – the implementation of parliamentary elections that are to be free and fair, and be perceived as free and fair.
– Can you comment on the Association Agreement negotiations?
– In late January we had another round of negotiations in Brussels and now we have already concluded more than 20 chapters. Another round of negotiations will take place this time here in Yerevan. The fast speed of the negotiations so far is a good indicator of the possibility to have much progress in the future.

EU-Armenia partnership perspectives

Since the beginning of EU- Armenia relations, the EU has been assisting the implementation of the country’s reform goals through different projects. The new Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, who arrived in Armenia in December 2011, spoke about EU-Armenia relations shortly after starting his duties. - What is your vision for EU-Armenia bilateral relations? - We can see a significant evolution of bilateral relations between the European Union and Armenia over the last few years. Armenia declared willingness to get as close as possible to the EU; the response by the institutions of the European Union was quite supportive both in terms of policy dialogue and support to reforms. Therefore, I do think that this good start should only be kept for the future – we should keep all our commitments related to the negotiations on an Association Agreement, and Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements (soon to be launched), as well as to discussions on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. It is very important to underline that all these efforts will be substantiated by rapid progress with reforms on which the EU would offer assistance based on the commitment of the Armenian authorities and the ‘more for more’ principle confirmed at the Eastern Partnership Warsaw Summit. - What assistance can we expect from the EU to meet challenges on the way to European Integration? - The European Union has not only committed itself, but already delivered. We are a trustworthy partner from this perspective. Reforms are still going to be implemented in the fields of Regulatory Framework, Comprehensive Institution Building, issues which are related to a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, and other areas. We already have existing commitments, projects and programmes to support Armenia. I would like to underline that the assistance provided under the ‘more for more’ principle will follow after an important test – the implementation of parliamentary elections that are to be free and fair, and be perceived as free and fair. - Can you comment on the Association Agreement negotiations? - In late January we had another round of negotiations in Brussels and now we have already concluded more than 20 chapters. Another round of negotiations will take place this time here in Yerevan. The fast speed of the negotiations so far is a good indicator of the possibility to have much progress in the future.