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Bilateral Relations



European Union

Armenia-European Union

The cooperation with the European Union is one of the priorities of Armenia’s foreign policy. Armenia and EU maintain an active political dialogue. Since Armenia’s independence, cooperation with the EU has been essential in carrying out reforms in the fields of economy, justice and state institutions building, strengthening democratic society and institutions dealing with the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

High-level Bilateral Visits (2008-2013)

From Armenia

March 2013 President Serzh Sargsyan
June 2012 President Serzh Sargsyan
March 2012 President Serzh Sargsyan
May 2010 President Serzh Sargsyan
November 2008 President Serzh Sargsyan
January 2013 President of the National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan
May 2011 President of the National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan
July 2010 President of the National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan
October 2013 Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
June 2012 Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
December 2011 Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
November 2011 Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
September 2011 Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
November 2010 Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
October 2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian
September 2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian
June 2008 Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian

From the European Union

November 2012 President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso
July 2012 President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy
May 2011 President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek
November 2011 EU High Representative Catherine Ashton
September 2013 EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle
July 2013 EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle
April 2011 EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle
April 2010 EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle

On 9 July 2014 Herbert Salber was appointed European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and for the crisis in Georgia. He paid two visits to Armenia in 2014.

Contractual Relations

The main document regulating Armenia’s relations with the EU is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which entered into force in 1999 for ten years. It is automatically renewed year by year according to the relevant provision of the Agreement.

European Neighbourhood policy

Armenia-EU cooperation is also regulated by the EU-Armenia ENP Action Plan, which was adopted on 14 November 2006 in Brussels. According to the ENP Action Plan a number of priority areas of cooperation have been identified, such as rule of the law, strengthening democratic institutions, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, improving the investment environment. The list of actions for implementation of the EU-Armenia ENP Action Plan for 2014-2015 was approved by the President Sargsyan’s decree of 23 April 2014.

Eastern Partnership

The Eastern Partnership was launched at the Prague summit of the Heads of State and Government of the EU member states and six Eastern Partner countries in on 7 May 2009, during which a joint declaration was adopted.

The multilateral cooperation within the Eastern Partnership takes place through four platforms:

  1. democracy, good governance and stability;
  2. economic integration and convergence with EU policies;
  3. energy security;
  4. people to people contacts.

The Armenian participation at the events organized within the framework of Eastern Partnership

April 2014, Prague President Serzh Sargsyan, /Eastern partnership High-level meeting/
November 2013, Vilnius President Serzh Sargsyan, /Eastern Partnership Summit/
September 2011, Warsaw President Serzh Sargsyan, /Eastern Partnership Summit/
May 2009, Prague President Serzh Sargsyan, /Eastern Partnership Summit/
April 2014, Vilnius President of the National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan, /Conference of Speakers of Parliaments of the European Union member states and Eastern Partnership countries/
July 2014, Brussels Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Eastern Partnership countries/
July 2013, Brussels Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Eastern Partnership countries/
July 2012, Brussels Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Eastern Partnership countries/
December 2010, Brussels Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Eastern Partnership countries/
December 2009, Brussels Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Eastern Partnership countries/
May 2013, Krakow Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Enlarged ministerial meeting of the Visegrád Group/
March 2011, Bratislava Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Enlarged ministerial meeting of the Visegrád Group/
February 2013,Tbilisi Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Eastern Partnership informal dialogue/
June 2012, Chisinau Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, /Eastern Partnership informal dialogue/

In July 2010 negotiations on the Armenia-EU Association Agreement were launched, and in June 2012 Armenia and EU started negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) as part of the Association Agreement. In July 2013 the negotiations on Association Agreement between Armenia and European Union were completed. In September 2013 Armenia announced its decision to join the Customs Union. The EU and Armenia acknowledged that they have completed negotiations on an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, but will not proceed with its initialing due to Armenia's new international commitments.

On 29 November 2013, an EU-Armenia joint statement was adopted at the Vilnius Summit reconfirming the commitment of the parties to further develop and strengthen comprehensive cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. Based on common values, Armenia and EU are committed to further cooperation aimed at the continuous improvement of democratic institutions and judiciary, promotion of human rights and rule of law, good governance, fight against corruption, strengthening of the civil society, further improvement of the framework for enhanced trade and investments, continued implementation of the mobility partnership and increased sectoral cooperation.

On 12-13 September, 2013, the third Eastern Partnership informal dialogue meeting took place in Yerevan that brought together foreign ministers and ministers of education of the Eastern Partnership countries.

Armenia-EU Sectoral Cooperation

With the aim of enhancing sectoral cooperation with the EU, a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement on Armenia’s participation in Community programmes was signed in 2012 and has come into force since 1 march 2014. The Protocol allows Armenia to participate in a broad range of EU Programs and to cooperate with EU Agencies in a number of areas, such as education, health, culture, etc.

A Joint Declaration on Mobility Partnership between Armenia and EU was signed on 27 October 2011 in Luxemburg.

In the framework of the EU-Armenia Mobility Partnership, since March 2013, a targeted initiative for strengthening the Armenia’s migration management capacities with special focus on reintegration has been implemented.

Since 2009, Armenia and EU have maintained a regular dialogue on human rights. The Human Rights Dialogue meetings take place annually, in Yerevan and Brussels, respectively. On 11 December 2014, the sixth meeting of the EU-Armenia Human Rights Dialogue took place in Brussels.

EU-Armenia Visa Facilitation

Armenia and EU signed the Agreement on Visa Facilitation on 17 December 2012 and the Agreement on Readmission on 19 April 2013. Both Agreements came into force on 1 January 2014.

The EU-Armenia Visa Facilitation Agreement provides for simplified procedures for issuing entry visas to the EU countries for a number of categories of Armenian citizens.

By the decision of the Government of Armenia, since January 2013, all citizens of the EU Member States, as well as of those applying the Schengen Acquis are exempt from visa requirement when visiting Armenia.

Meetings under EU-Armenia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

The meetings of Cooperation Committee, Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and subcommittees set out under the EU-Armenia PCA take place annually in Yerevan and Brussels, respectively. The Cooperation Council annual meetings are always held in Brussels.

On 14 April 2014, the fourth meeting of the EU-Armenia Subcommittee on Transport, Environment, Energy and Nuclear Safety took place in Brussels.

On 5 November 2014, the meeting of the EU-Armenia Subcommittee on Trade, Economic and Related Legal Issues was held in Brussels.

On 26 March 2014, the fifth meeting of the EU-Armenia Subcommittee on Justice, Freedom and Security was held in Yerevan.

On 3 October 2014, the third meeting of the EU-Armenia Subcommittee on Employment and Social Affairs, Public Health, Training, Education and Youth, Culture, Information Society and Audio-Visual Policy, and Science and Technology took place in Yerevan.

On 9 December 2014, the 15th meeting of the EU-Armenia Cooperation Committee took place in Brussels.

On 20 January 2015, the 15th meeting of the EU-Armenia Cooperation Council was held in Brussels chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Edward Nalbandian.

Parliamentary Cooperation

Parliamentary cooperation is realized in the framework of the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. With the aim of developing a platform for parliamentary cooperation between the EU member states and Eastern Neighbours, the Parliamentary Assembly of European Neighbourhood East (EURONEST) was established in May 2011. The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly is composed of equal number of Members of European Parliament and members of parliament from the Eastern Partner countries.

On 9 January, 2013, the EU-Armenia Friendship Group was established in European Parliament. Since then several members of the Group visited Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.

Trade and economic relations

The total EU assistance to Armenia since 1992 amounts to more than € 500 million.

The EU accounts for 29.7% of Armenia's total foreign trade. Within the framework of EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences, Armenia has been benefiting from the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance, the so-called Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+), since July 2005. The “GSP+” regime allows Armenian exports to have advantageous access to the EU market providing for a zero duty rate for about 6400 goods.

Trade turnover between Armenia and the EU /mio Euro/

  Export Import
2011 322 645
2012 275 683
2013 260 718

References

Joint Declaration of the Eastern Partnership (Vilnius, 28-29 November, 2013)

EU-Armenia Agreement on Visa Facilitation

EU-Armenia Agreement on Readmission of Persons residing without Authorisation

Additional trade data:

http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2006/september/tradoc_113345.pdf

 

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www.consilium.europa.eu/

 

Updated 09.02.2015թ.

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