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On the way to the Association Agreement

25 December 2010
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On the way to the Association AgreementThe third plenary round of the negotiations on the EU-Armenia Association Agreement took place in Yerevan on 15 December. The delegation representing the European side was chaired by the chief negotiator Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, the Director of the Directorate for Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asian Republics, Directorate General for External Relations of the European Commission. Ms. Karine Kazinian, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia was representing the Armenian side. At the press conference held after the session Ms. Karine Kazinian mentioned that the agreement is not being discussed as a whole, but by the negotiation chapters to form the core of the future Association Agreement.
The negotiations on eight chapters have been provisionally closed. The chapters include the spheres of science and technologies, protection of consumer rights, audio-visual  services and mass media, cultural cooperation, civil society, statistics, youth affairs, education and requalification.
The future Agreement will lead to the political association and economic integration of Armenia and the EU. Mr. Gunnar Wiegand highlighted the involvement of not only the foreign ministry, but also other ministries and state bodies in the negotiation process as an important  progress.
Mr. Gunnar Wiegand also informed about the European Commission’s foresight to receive a mandate enabling to start the negotiations on the EU-Armenia visa facilitation in the beginning of 2011 and to have them completed by the end of the year.

On the way to the Association Agreement

On the way to the Association AgreementThe third plenary round of the negotiations on the EU-Armenia Association Agreement took place in Yerevan on 15 December. The delegation representing the European side was chaired by the chief negotiator Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, the Director of the Directorate for Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asian Republics, Directorate General for External Relations of the European Commission. Ms. Karine Kazinian, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia was representing the Armenian side. At the press conference held after the session Ms. Karine Kazinian mentioned that the agreement is not being discussed as a whole, but by the negotiation chapters to form the core of the future Association Agreement. The negotiations on eight chapters have been provisionally closed. The chapters include the spheres of science and technologies, protection of consumer rights, audio-visual  services and mass media, cultural cooperation, civil society, statistics, youth affairs, education and requalification. The future Agreement will lead to the political association and economic integration of Armenia and the EU. Mr. Gunnar Wiegand highlighted the involvement of not only the foreign ministry, but also other ministries and state bodies in the negotiation process as an important  progress. Mr. Gunnar Wiegand also informed about the European Commission’s foresight to receive a mandate enabling to start the negotiations on the EU-Armenia visa facilitation in the beginning of 2011 and to have them completed by the end of the year.