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EU-Armenia Strategic Policy Dialogue on Armenia’s Justice Reform Strategy

11 November 2019

On 4 October, the 2nd meeting of EU-Armenia Strategic Policy Dialogue on Armenia’s justice reform strategy took place with participation of the delegation led by Vassilis Maragos, the Head of the European Commission’s DG NEAR Unit responsible for Armenia, who paid a two-day working visit to Armenia, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin and the RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan.

The EU Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, the RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan, and the Head of European Commission’s DG NEAR Unit responsible for Armenia Vassilis Maragos delivered welcoming speeches during the event. Representatives of the Supreme Judicial Council, Chamber of Advocates, Academy of Justice and the Prosecutor’s Office, representatives from the EU Member State Embassies, international and civil society organisations were present at the event.

In light of the RA Government’s ambitious agenda to carry out comprehensive justice reforms, the EU expressed its readiness to support the Government. This strategic policy dialogue on justice reforms aims to develop justice reforms aligned with European standards and commitments under the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement. As a follow-up to the first policy dialogue in September 2018, the meeting was devoted to the recently published draft 2019-2023 Judicial Strategy and 2019-2022 Anti-Corruption Strategy. The dialogue linked EU support to strategy-related activities and joint agreements on the EU instruments to be made available to implement them.

Vassilis Maragos welcomed the Government’s efforts to improve public trust in the justice system. He underlined the importance of inclusivity and ownership of all stakeholders, as well as governmental capacity and active engagement, for the successful implementation of this ambitious reform programme, as they are key to bringing about tangible benefits for Armenian citizens.

Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin reiterated that the European Union stood ready to support the government’s commitment to justice reform and anti-corruption measures, as these would contribute to more efficient and effective administration of justice as well as a better business and investment climate.

Minister Rustam Badasyan re-confirmed the Government’s will and ambition to justice and anti-corruption reforms, as these would lay the foundations and serve as an umbrella for both high-level dialogue with the European Union on justice and broader cooperation at the technical level. The Minister emphasised the importance of coordinated and prioritised actions to deliver mutually beneficial results.

The dialogue also served as a platform for engaging with civil society organisations, business sector representatives, and the international community present in Armenia in finalising the shape and future directions of reforms.

EU-Armenia Strategic Policy Dialogue on Armenia’s Justice Reform Strategy

On 4 October, the 2nd meeting of EU-Armenia Strategic Policy Dialogue on Armenia’s justice reform strategy took place with participation of the delegation led by Vassilis Maragos, the Head of the European Commission's DG NEAR Unit responsible for Armenia, who paid a two-day working visit to Armenia, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin and the RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan. The EU Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, the RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan, and the Head of European Commission's DG NEAR Unit responsible for Armenia Vassilis Maragos delivered welcoming speeches during the event. Representatives of the Supreme Judicial Council, Chamber of Advocates, Academy of Justice and the Prosecutor's Office, representatives from the EU Member State Embassies, international and civil society organisations were present at the event. In light of the RA Government’s ambitious agenda to carry out comprehensive justice reforms, the EU expressed its readiness to support the Government. This strategic policy dialogue on justice reforms aims to develop justice reforms aligned with European standards and commitments under the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement. As a follow-up to the first policy dialogue in September 2018, the meeting was devoted to the recently published draft 2019-2023 Judicial Strategy and 2019-2022 Anti-Corruption Strategy. The dialogue linked EU support to strategy-related activities and joint agreements on the EU instruments to be made available to implement them. Vassilis Maragos welcomed the Government’s efforts to improve public trust in the justice system. He underlined the importance of inclusivity and ownership of all stakeholders, as well as governmental capacity and active engagement, for the successful implementation of this ambitious reform programme, as they are key to bringing about tangible benefits for Armenian citizens. Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin reiterated that the European Union stood ready to support the government’s commitment to justice reform and anti-corruption measures, as these would contribute to more efficient and effective administration of justice as well as a better business and investment climate. Minister Rustam Badasyan re-confirmed the Government’s will and ambition to justice and anti-corruption reforms, as these would lay the foundations and serve as an umbrella for both high-level dialogue with the European Union on justice and broader cooperation at the technical level. The Minister emphasised the importance of coordinated and prioritised actions to deliver mutually beneficial results. The dialogue also served as a platform for engaging with civil society organisations, business sector representatives, and the international community present in Armenia in finalising the shape and future directions of reforms.