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086A2301On 2 October Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, visited Armenia to prepare for the Eastern Partnership Summit on 24 November in Brussels, Belgium. In the morning, Commissioner Hahn met with representatives of civil society and discussed EU-Armenia relations, the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement and Partnership Priorities, human rights, and democracy in Armenia. During his meeting with the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edward Nalbandian, Hahn discussed similar topics, including the “20 deliverables for 2020” to be prepared for the upcoming summit. After the official meeting, they made statements to the press.

086A2406Commissioner Hahn spoke about upcoming Summit and future relations between the EU and Armenia: ‘We have discussed bilateral issues which are partly embedded into the Eastern Partnership Summit which is scheduled for the 24th of November in Brussels. It is in Brussels for the first time also to demonstrate the strong commitment of all the 28 EU Member States on the further development of the Eastern Neighbourhood. And it is not only on the particular interest of our Eastern European Member States, but it is in the interest of all the 28, expressed by the fact that we have convened this summit for the first time in Brussels. And that is why I have already referred in a particular item on this famous deliverables for 2020 which aim to bring tangible results and benefits to the daily lives of Armenian citizens’.

Full transcript of the statement is available: http://bit.ly/2zahLnb

086A2412Minister Nalbandian once again welcomed Commissioner Hahn to Yerevan and talked about the many EU activities in Armenia: ‘Armenia enjoys close ties with the European Union and intends to expand comprehensive cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. The EU provides valuable assistance for the ongoing reforms in our country. The agreement has been reached over the Partnership Priorities Document between Armenia and the European Union. I would like to specifically highlight that the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement has been finalised. The signing of the Agreement could become one of the main achievements of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels in November. The preparatory work for the Brussels Summit has been an important part of our discussions with Commissioner Hahn. We exchanged views on the Final Declaration of the Summit. Encouraging people-to-people contact is an important part of the Armenia-EU agenda. We exchanged views on sectorial cooperation and touched upon the “20 Deliverables for 2020” document, which outlines the main Eastern Partnership directions for the next three years. I also briefed the Commissioner on the joint efforts of Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries towards the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Commissioner Hahn reaffirmed the full support of the European Union for the efforts of the Minsk Group’.

Full transcript of the statement is available: http://bit.ly/2zbOyYZ

After the press conference Hahn met the Armenian Prime Minister, Karen Karapetyan with whom he discussed the future of EU-Armenia cooperation. This covered delivery of the Riga priorities for economic development and enhanced market opportunities, strengthening institutions and good governance, increasing connectivity, energy efficiency, environmental protection, and greater mobility and people-to-people contact.

22135635_1501482579905666_3896535799773529772_oDuring a meeting with the Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, the Commissioner discussed the priorities of the Eastern Partnership Summit and the deepening of EU-Armenia relations. This improvement of relations is reflected in the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement and Partnership Priorities, which will set joint policy priorities for the coming years and provide new opportunities for close cooperation, trade and reform.

After the meeting Hahn met students at TUMO Centre for Creative Technologies, accompanied by Armenian Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan. The visit culminated in a presentation of the EU-funded anti-corruption mobile game “Tales of Neto”. Commissioner Hahn’s day ended with a cultural visit to the Megerian Carpet Museum.

On 2 February, Christian Danielsson, the European Union’s Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, was in Armenia as a part of his official visit to the South Caucasus.
The working visit started in Ijevan, Tavush region. Director General Christian Danielsson and Arpine Hovhannisyan, the Armenian Minister of Justice, participated in the official plaque unveiling ceremony of the newly-constructed building of the Court of First Instance in the city of Ijevan. The construction of the court’s building was financed by the European Union and was opened in 2012.

ARS_5542After the plaque unveiling ceremony, Danielsson spoke about EU-Armenia cooperation and reforms: ‘I am in Armenia for the first time and it’s very important that the first thing that I have done here is take part in this celebration. The rule of law is a pillar of any society. An independent, impartial and efficient judiciary is a key for solving national problems and for ensuring rights and opportunities for citizens.The EU strongly supports Armenian government reforms to the judiciary. We have invested 23 billion drams in these reforms and we will continue our support. What we are seeing today is concrete action and a symbol of that cooperation. It’s not only about the building but also the justice system. This whole project and reforms are also essential elements in fighting corruption. This is not only a local event, it’s a part of a large-scale reform package’.

Minister Hovhannsiyan thanked the EU for its continuing support: ‘This event is another opportunity to express our gratitude. European Union’s support to Armenia’s justice system is hugeand it covers the penitentiary system, judicial system and many other areas. We have seen many positive results and are making progress. Have we achieved everything we want? Of course we haven’t but we clearly understand where we need to go’.

Later on, the delegation participated in the launch of the unified office for the joint provision of state services in Ijevan. This office will allow citizens to apply for and receive references concerning the state registration of the real estate rights, registration of legal entities, references concerning the lack of criminal record, registration of civil acts and references concerning the rights over movables.
The same day, after the official meetings, Danielsson visited Sevanavank and then Matenadaran. The Director General held a public lecture and discussion with Armenian youth in Matenadaran on the EU-Armenia relations.
On 03 February, Christian Danielsson, accompanied by Luc Devigne, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation, and OSCE (EEAS) met with President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, representatives of civil society to discuss common priorities for further EU-Armenia cooperation.