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Summarising EUAG activity

16 September 2014
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On 12 September the EU Advisory Group (EUAG) held an event in the Armenian National Assembly to summarise its activities in the fields of EU Approximation and Governance and EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation. The Chair of the Standing Committee on European Integration, Naira Zohrabyan, highlighted the contribution EUAG had made to parliamentary development in Armenia: ‘We will continue cooperation with the EU in the areas in which we need to adopt best practice – human rights, anti-corruption and customs. Our communications will not be interrupted, regardless of political developments’.

Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, Artak Zakaryan, noted that, while the EU-Armenia cooperation agenda had not changed, it needed to be enriched: ‘We need to determine the areas where deeper cooperation is required and develop corresponding documents. Areas of greatest interest to us are social issues, human rights, and democracy. The political interests of Armenia cannot be limited to the European Union; nevertheless, it is hard to overestimate the support and the efforts provided by the Delegation to us’. He added that, next year, the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly would be held in Armenia, which would be a significant step forward for Armenia and offer a vivid example of fruitful cooperation with EUAG.

Political officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia Andrej Didenko spoke from the EU’s perspective: ‘The EU consistently supports parliamentary development, regarding it as the milestone for democratic governance. It is important to connect parliaments, to connect citizens, and to open borders. We expect that the National Assembly will now raise national awareness on the European Union. EUAG has contributed remarkably to areas like sector strategy, human rights, justice, among others. We urge you to continue applying obtained techniques and persist in parliamentary development’.

EUAG was set up in April 2009 to support the political and economic reform process initiated by the government of the Republic of Armenia. In line with the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan, the EUAG provides tailor-made policy advice on issues ranging from human rights and public administration reform to trade.

Summarising EUAG activity

On 12 September the EU Advisory Group (EUAG) held an event in the Armenian National Assembly to summarise its activities in the fields of EU Approximation and Governance and EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation. The Chair of the Standing Committee on European Integration, Naira Zohrabyan, highlighted the contribution EUAG had made to parliamentary development in Armenia: ‘We will continue cooperation with the EU in the areas in which we need to adopt best practice – human rights, anti-corruption and customs. Our communications will not be interrupted, regardless of political developments’. Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, Artak Zakaryan, noted that, while the EU-Armenia cooperation agenda had not changed, it needed to be enriched: ‘We need to determine the areas where deeper cooperation is required and develop corresponding documents. Areas of greatest interest to us are social issues, human rights, and democracy. The political interests of Armenia cannot be limited to the European Union; nevertheless, it is hard to overestimate the support and the efforts provided by the Delegation to us’. He added that, next year, the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly would be held in Armenia, which would be a significant step forward for Armenia and offer a vivid example of fruitful cooperation with EUAG. Political officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia Andrej Didenko spoke from the EU’s perspective: ‘The EU consistently supports parliamentary development, regarding it as the milestone for democratic governance. It is important to connect parliaments, to connect citizens, and to open borders. We expect that the National Assembly will now raise national awareness on the European Union. EUAG has contributed remarkably to areas like sector strategy, human rights, justice, among others. We urge you to continue applying obtained techniques and persist in parliamentary development’. EUAG was set up in April 2009 to support the political and economic reform process initiated by the government of the Republic of Armenia. In line with the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan, the EUAG provides tailor-made policy advice on issues ranging from human rights and public administration reform to trade.