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President of the European Commission in Armenia

24 December 2012
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On 1 December the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso arrived in Armenia. He met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, as well as other Armenian officials, civil society and students. He highlighted progress in bilateral relations and recent achievements.
‘We are building a strong relationship based on political association, economic integration and deeper people-to-people contacts. Indeed, the negotiations on the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, are progressing very well. We should aim to reach a good agreement by the end of next year in time of our Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013. Once completed, these negotiations will further strengthen Armenia’s European perspective,’ said Barroso.
‘We consider our collaboration with European institutions as an important factor in strengthening of institutions in Armenia and in the implementation of effective reforms,’ stated Sargsyan in his address.

President Barroso cited headway in mobility dialogue, with the expected signing of the Visa Facilitation Agreement this month, followed, at a later date, by the signing of the Readmission Agreement: ‘Our long-term goal is clear and we are working towards it; we want visa-free travel between Armenia and the EU’.

From January 2013, citizens of EU countries will be able to visit Armenia without an entry visa. ‘The aim of this process is to promote interaction between societies, to increase the number of reciprocal visits, and to open up new opportunities for students, scholars and creators,’ noted Sargsyan.

José Manuel Barroso also stressed the importance of fair and transparent conduct in the coming presidential elections in Armenia: ‘It is indeed of critical importance that next the next elections are impecable in terms of fairness and respect of international standards’.

The President of the European Commission arrived in Yerevan on 30 November to participate in the Eastern Partnership Leaders’ Second Summit, launched under the initiative of the Republican Party of Armenia and the European People’s Party.
Complete text of the statement by President Barroso:
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-12-889_en.htm

President of the European Commission in Armenia

On 1 December the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso arrived in Armenia. He met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, as well as other Armenian officials, civil society and students. He highlighted progress in bilateral relations and recent achievements. ‘We are building a strong relationship based on political association, economic integration and deeper people-to-people contacts. Indeed, the negotiations on the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, are progressing very well. We should aim to reach a good agreement by the end of next year in time of our Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013. Once completed, these negotiations will further strengthen Armenia's European perspective,’ said Barroso. ‘We consider our collaboration with European institutions as an important factor in strengthening of institutions in Armenia and in the implementation of effective reforms,’ stated Sargsyan in his address. President Barroso cited headway in mobility dialogue, with the expected signing of the Visa Facilitation Agreement this month, followed, at a later date, by the signing of the Readmission Agreement: ‘Our long-term goal is clear and we are working towards it; we want visa-free travel between Armenia and the EU’. From January 2013, citizens of EU countries will be able to visit Armenia without an entry visa. ‘The aim of this process is to promote interaction between societies, to increase the number of reciprocal visits, and to open up new opportunities for students, scholars and creators,’ noted Sargsyan. José Manuel Barroso also stressed the importance of fair and transparent conduct in the coming presidential elections in Armenia: ‘It is indeed of critical importance that next the next elections are impecable in terms of fairness and respect of international standards’. The President of the European Commission arrived in Yerevan on 30 November to participate in the Eastern Partnership Leaders’ Second Summit, launched under the initiative of the Republican Party of Armenia and the European People’s Party. Complete text of the statement by President Barroso: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-12-889_en.htm