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Heading towards the Vilnius Summit

28 July 2013
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On the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle visited Armenia on 10 July 2013.
Füle met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, representatives from the ministries for Economy, Finance, Education and Science, and representatives of opposition parties, civil society and youth. He discussed the EU’s relations and cooperation with Armenia and took stock of progress made in the final phase of the negotiations for the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
‘I believe we are at a significant moment in European Union-Armenia relations. We are developing a partnership which is both wider and deeper than it has been up to now. We are very close to finalising our Association Agreement, including DCFTA. I am confident that this will bring concrete benefits and opportunities to Armenian’s citizens,’ said Füle in his public address to civil society, think tanks, students and media.

The Commissioner mentioned that, in addition to offering an important trade partnership with the EU, a market with 500 million consumers, the Agreement would address many concrete issues which affect everyday life. For example, it should improve consumer protection, both in terms of product safety and value for money, road safety, and air quality, as well as strengthen the links between the people of Armenia and Europe.

‘One of the reasons I am so keen that we complete our negotiations is so that we can prepare the Agreement in its final form and share the contents with citizens – I do believe that it will open a new chapter not only in EU-Armenia relations but also in Armenia’s own development,’ stated Füle.

The EU is providing financial support and encouraging other international donors to support reform projects. In the Commissioner’s words, this should be a foundation for solid medium-term planning, focusing on a common set of goals under government leadership.

The Commissioner commented on concerns about possible pressure from both Russia and the EU by saying that the Association Agreement does not limit the capacity of Armenia to interact with its direct and indirect neighbours. Füle explained that the EU encourages regional cooperation.

Heading towards the Vilnius Summit

On the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle visited Armenia on 10 July 2013. Füle met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, representatives from the ministries for Economy, Finance, Education and Science, and representatives of opposition parties, civil society and youth. He discussed the EU’s relations and cooperation with Armenia and took stock of progress made in the final phase of the negotiations for the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). ‘I believe we are at a significant moment in European Union-Armenia relations. We are developing a partnership which is both wider and deeper than it has been up to now. We are very close to finalising our Association Agreement, including DCFTA. I am confident that this will bring concrete benefits and opportunities to Armenian’s citizens,’ said Füle in his public address to civil society, think tanks, students and media. The Commissioner mentioned that, in addition to offering an important trade partnership with the EU, a market with 500 million consumers, the Agreement would address many concrete issues which affect everyday life. For example, it should improve consumer protection, both in terms of product safety and value for money, road safety, and air quality, as well as strengthen the links between the people of Armenia and Europe. ‘One of the reasons I am so keen that we complete our negotiations is so that we can prepare the Agreement in its final form and share the contents with citizens – I do believe that it will open a new chapter not only in EU-Armenia relations but also in Armenia's own development,’ stated Füle. The EU is providing financial support and encouraging other international donors to support reform projects. In the Commissioner’s words, this should be a foundation for solid medium-term planning, focusing on a common set of goals under government leadership. The Commissioner commented on concerns about possible pressure from both Russia and the EU by saying that the Association Agreement does not limit the capacity of Armenia to interact with its direct and indirect neighbours. Füle explained that the EU encourages regional cooperation.