Armenia, Europe Edging Closter to Association Deal

YEREVAN—A visit recently by the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Štefan Füle to Armenia, signaled that the European Union and Armenia are edging closer to an association agreement, which has been in the works since last year.


At a meeting between Fule and President Serzh Sarkisian, parties praised Armenia-EU relations, the important cooperation carried out in the Eastern Partnership framework, and the progress made on negotiations for the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, which constitutes an integral part of the Association Agreement.


The participants of the meeting noted the progress in cooperation regarding population mobility, underscoring that the Agreements on Visa Facilitation and Readmission have already been signed and are now undergoing the process of ratification.


Füle also spoke about the preparation for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, where a final agreement is being anticipated.


Sarkisian stressed that Armenia is determined to continue reinvigorating large-scale reforms implemented in different areas and is anticipating added assistance in the process.


Füle also met with Foreign Minister Nalbandian, who welcomed Europe’s continued support of Armenia’s reforms.


The two discussed issues related to the negotiation process within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.


Füle hailed the positive developments in Armenia-EU relations, underlining that Armenia is one of the frontrunners of the Eastern Partnership Program and reiterated the EU’s commitment to maintain its support for the process of reforms.


Füle voiced hope that the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement would be pre-signed during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.


The parties stressed the importance of ratification of the visa facilitation and readmission agreements.


In the context of Armenia’s presidency of the Council of Europe, the two attached importance to cooperation between the European Union and the Council of Europe.



Source: asbarez


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