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Negotiations on Association Agreement with the EU launched

16 September 2010
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The first round of negotiations on an Association Agreement between the EU and Armenia started on 19 July in Yerevan. The main objective of the Association Agreement is to achieve closer political and economic association between the EU and Armenia. “This is ambitious and ambition needs time to get things right. We want to get a good agreement with lasting effects for all citizens,” said Gunnar Wiegand, the head of the EU negotiating team, in reply to questions regarding the timeline for completing negotiations.
The agreement will foster economic integration to provide standardization and free access to the respective markets. According to Wiegand it “will give Armenia an opportunity to become an attractive field both for domestic and foreign investors”. He also noted the EU is expecting a mandate from its Member States on visa facilitation and visa readmission agreements, in order to get Armenia ever closer to the EU.
The Association Agreement negotiations will take place in the form of full sessions and working groups. They will cover a wide range of areas, including political dialogue, justice, freedom and security, as well as trade and cooperation in sectoral policy. The coordinator of the Armenian negotiating team is Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan. The second round will take place in Brussels in October. Negotiations on Association Agreement  were also launched in Georgia and Azerbaijan in the preceding days.

Negotiations on Association Agreement with the EU launched

The first round of negotiations on an Association Agreement between the EU and Armenia started on 19 July in Yerevan. The main objective of the Association Agreement is to achieve closer political and economic association between the EU and Armenia. “This is ambitious and ambition needs time to get things right. We want to get a good agreement with lasting effects for all citizens,” said Gunnar Wiegand, the head of the EU negotiating team, in reply to questions regarding the timeline for completing negotiations. The agreement will foster economic integration to provide standardization and free access to the respective markets. According to Wiegand it “will give Armenia an opportunity to become an attractive field both for domestic and foreign investors”. He also noted the EU is expecting a mandate from its Member States on visa facilitation and visa readmission agreements, in order to get Armenia ever closer to the EU. The Association Agreement negotiations will take place in the form of full sessions and working groups. They will cover a wide range of areas, including political dialogue, justice, freedom and security, as well as trade and cooperation in sectoral policy. The coordinator of the Armenian negotiating team is Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan. The second round will take place in Brussels in October. Negotiations on Association Agreement  were also launched in Georgia and Azerbaijan in the preceding days.