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EU’s new €77.5 million assistance

20 January 2015
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On 16 January 2015 a ceremony of launching eight agreements signed between the EU and Armenia was held at the office of the Armenian Prime Minister. The ceremony was welcomed by the Prime Minister, Mr Hovik Abrahamyan, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and attended by representatives of beneficiary government institutions, EU member states, and international organisations.

These eight EU-Armenia financing agreements are intended to assist development and reform with a total EU contribution of €77.5 million (AMD 44 billion). Within the framework of these agreements, progress in some of the main areas of bilateral cooperation will be supported, including agriculture, regional development, capacity building for EU programme implementation, migration and integrated border management, anti-corruption and civil service reforms, water supply improvement, Yerevan metro rehabilitation, and nuclear safety.LUM_1536
‘We know that Armenia is an important partner for the EU, in the same way the EU is an important partner for Armenia. The European Union expects that this substantial assistance will lead to bold reforms over the next few years. A high level of commitment and strong domestic support under parliamentary and civil society oversight will be indispensable for Armenia’s successful development.,’ noted Ambassador Hristea.
Prime Minister Abrahamyan mentioned in his speech that significant reforms are taking place in Armenia: “The government and I are going to do everything we can in order to ensure that relations between the European Union and Armenia progress’.LUM_1461 Two of the agreements in the package concern EU support to economic development in Armenia to contribute to poverty reduction. This includes assistance to agriculture and rural development (€25 million) to bring about efficient and sustainable agriculture, increased employment, stronger farmers’ associations and cooperatives, and improved access to affordable food. In addition, through action on regional development (€10 million), the EU will support specific projects (public-private partnerships, employment creation, training of the labour force) to step up economic development in Armenia’s regions. In the area of governance, the EU is now focusing specifically on anti-corruption and civil service reform measures (€21 million). The EU will also support border management and migration (€4 million) in view of the Mobility Partnership and Visa Facilitation agreements with Armenia.

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Another agreement (€6 million) will build civil servants’ capacity, facilitate Armenia’s participation in EU programmes and reinforce civil society’s role in promoting bilateral cooperation and monitoring reforms. Two large infrastructure initiatives have also been agreed, set to improve the daily lives of the residents of Yerevan. One will provide an overhaul of the Yerevan metro system (€5 million) by addressing public health and safety concerns, while another will support the rehabilitation of the water supply network in Yerevan (€5.5 million), improving water and wastewater services. Last but not least, the EU will support nuclear safety through enhancing the regulatory capacity and framework for radioactive waste management (€1 million).

EU’s new €77.5 million assistance

On 16 January 2015 a ceremony of launching eight agreements signed between the EU and Armenia was held at the office of the Armenian Prime Minister. The ceremony was welcomed by the Prime Minister, Mr Hovik Abrahamyan, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and attended by representatives of beneficiary government institutions, EU member states, and international organisations. These eight EU-Armenia financing agreements are intended to assist development and reform with a total EU contribution of €77.5 million (AMD 44 billion). Within the framework of these agreements, progress in some of the main areas of bilateral cooperation will be supported, including agriculture, regional development, capacity building for EU programme implementation, migration and integrated border management, anti-corruption and civil service reforms, water supply improvement, Yerevan metro rehabilitation, and nuclear safety.LUM_1536 ‘We know that Armenia is an important partner for the EU, in the same way the EU is an important partner for Armenia. The European Union expects that this substantial assistance will lead to bold reforms over the next few years. A high level of commitment and strong domestic support under parliamentary and civil society oversight will be indispensable for Armenia’s successful development.,’ noted Ambassador Hristea. Prime Minister Abrahamyan mentioned in his speech that significant reforms are taking place in Armenia: “The government and I are going to do everything we can in order to ensure that relations between the European Union and Armenia progress’.LUM_1461 Two of the agreements in the package concern EU support to economic development in Armenia to contribute to poverty reduction. This includes assistance to agriculture and rural development (€25 million) to bring about efficient and sustainable agriculture, increased employment, stronger farmers’ associations and cooperatives, and improved access to affordable food. In addition, through action on regional development (€10 million), the EU will support specific projects (public-private partnerships, employment creation, training of the labour force) to step up economic development in Armenia’s regions. In the area of governance, the EU is now focusing specifically on anti-corruption and civil service reform measures (€21 million). The EU will also support border management and migration (€4 million) in view of the Mobility Partnership and Visa Facilitation agreements with Armenia. LUM_1648 Another agreement (€6 million) will build civil servants’ capacity, facilitate Armenia's participation in EU programmes and reinforce civil society’s role in promoting bilateral cooperation and monitoring reforms. Two large infrastructure initiatives have also been agreed, set to improve the daily lives of the residents of Yerevan. One will provide an overhaul of the Yerevan metro system (€5 million) by addressing public health and safety concerns, while another will support the rehabilitation of the water supply network in Yerevan (€5.5 million), improving water and wastewater services. Last but not least, the EU will support nuclear safety through enhancing the regulatory capacity and framework for radioactive waste management (€1 million).