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On the path towards European rapprochement

1 December 2011
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On 26 October the 7th round of negotiations on the Association Agreement took place in Yerevan. During this round of political dialogue, foreign policy, security and freedom, as well as economic and financial issues, were discussed. At the press conference held on 27 October at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the chief Armenian negotiator, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, stated that one more chapter of the future Association Agreement, related to tax legislation, had been closed. Therefore, the number of negotiated and provisionally closed chapters is now 19. Mnatsakanyan also declared that there had been progress in relation to preparing for negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The chief EU negotiator, Gunnar Wiegand, welcomed the acceleration of reform implementation in diverse domains in Armenia. He added that more efforts were still necessary for Armenia to move closer to EU standards. The start of negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission agreements in the very near future was also discussed.
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On 27 October in Luxembourg the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edward Nalbandian, the EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, and the Ministers of Internal Affairs of the EU member-states signed a Joint Declaration on a Mobility Partnership between Armenia and the EU.

On the path towards European rapprochement

On 26 October the 7th round of negotiations on the Association Agreement took place in Yerevan. During this round of political dialogue, foreign policy, security and freedom, as well as economic and financial issues, were discussed. At the press conference held on 27 October at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the chief Armenian negotiator, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, stated that one more chapter of the future Association Agreement, related to tax legislation, had been closed. Therefore, the number of negotiated and provisionally closed chapters is now 19. Mnatsakanyan also declared that there had been progress in relation to preparing for negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The chief EU negotiator, Gunnar Wiegand, welcomed the acceleration of reform implementation in diverse domains in Armenia. He added that more efforts were still necessary for Armenia to move closer to EU standards. The start of negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission agreements in the very near future was also discussed. Note: On 27 October in Luxembourg the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edward Nalbandian, the EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, and the Ministers of Internal Affairs of the EU member-states signed a Joint Declaration on a Mobility Partnership between Armenia and the EU.