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New financing agreements for reforms

28 September 2012
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EU Commissioner Štefan Füle signed financing agreements with Armenia through which the European Union will support the negotiations and implementation of future EU-Armenia bilateral agreements: the Association Agreement including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements. This financial programme, with a total budget of €43 million aims to help Armenia’s institutions prepare for political association and economic integration with the EU.
The signing ceremony between Commissioner Füle and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan was part of the Commissioner’s visit to Armenia on 27-28 September, during which he had comprehensive meetings with the president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and met with high-level Armenian officials, political parties and representatives of civil society.
Commissioner Füle discussed a substantial agenda with Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, focusing on how to accelerate reform and modernisation in Armenia to benefit both citizens and the country, and on how the EU could support those changes. Füle stressed that there had already been some very positive changes in Armenia and that the EU had recognised this by allocating an additional €15 million to Armenia under the “more for more” principle of the reviewed European Neighbourhood Policy.

‘Wherever I look we are making progress: on visa facilitation and readmission or in other areas like our negotiations on an Association Agreement, including DCFTA. This Agreement is of utmost importance in moving our relationship to a higher level. It goes far beyond a normal free trade agreement. Through the Association Agreement the EU will open up portions of its acquis related to the internal market. However, beyond this, it encompasses changes that affect citizens in their daily lives, in areas like consumer protection, air quality, or road safety,’ said Füle during the press-conference which followed the signing ceremony.

The Commissioner also expressed concerns over the extradition and pardon of Azeri axe-murderer Ramil Safarov. ‘I fully respect the feelings of Armenians, and your right to peacefully express them. At the same time, I insist on calling for restraint, both in words and in actions. We have to keep working for peace; because only with a foundation of peace and stability will the other goals we are striving towards have lasting value. Armenia’s fulfillment of its enormous potential depends upon a sense of medium- to long-term stability and predictability. This can only be achieved by the elimination of the threat of conflict,’ he concluded.

New financing agreements for reforms

EU Commissioner Štefan Füle signed financing agreements with Armenia through which the European Union will support the negotiations and implementation of future EU-Armenia bilateral agreements: the Association Agreement including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements. This financial programme, with a total budget of €43 million aims to help Armenia’s institutions prepare for political association and economic integration with the EU. The signing ceremony between Commissioner Füle and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan was part of the Commissioner's visit to Armenia on 27-28 September, during which he had comprehensive meetings with the president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and met with high-level Armenian officials, political parties and representatives of civil society. Commissioner Füle discussed a substantial agenda with Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, focusing on how to accelerate reform and modernisation in Armenia to benefit both citizens and the country, and on how the EU could support those changes. Füle stressed that there had already been some very positive changes in Armenia and that the EU had recognised this by allocating an additional €15 million to Armenia under the “more for more” principle of the reviewed European Neighbourhood Policy. ‘Wherever I look we are making progress: on visa facilitation and readmission or in other areas like our negotiations on an Association Agreement, including DCFTA. This Agreement is of utmost importance in moving our relationship to a higher level. It goes far beyond a normal free trade agreement. Through the Association Agreement the EU will open up portions of its acquis related to the internal market. However, beyond this, it encompasses changes that affect citizens in their daily lives, in areas like consumer protection, air quality, or road safety,’ said Füle during the press-conference which followed the signing ceremony. The Commissioner also expressed concerns over the extradition and pardon of Azeri axe-murderer Ramil Safarov. ‘I fully respect the feelings of Armenians, and your right to peacefully express them. At the same time, I insist on calling for restraint, both in words and in actions. We have to keep working for peace; because only with a foundation of peace and stability will the other goals we are striving towards have lasting value. Armenia’s fulfillment of its enormous potential depends upon a sense of medium- to long-term stability and predictability. This can only be achieved by the elimination of the threat of conflict,’ he concluded.