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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.