Armenia is eager to deepen the cooperation with the European Union, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a meeting with visiting EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.
Highly appreciative of the assistance provided by the EU to Armenia’s democratic development and reform process, the Prime Minister said Armenia is ready to continue cooperating within the framework of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
“Democracy is a system of values for our society, internal belief, not geopolitical orientation. In this context, we attach importance to EU’s support for democratic reforms Armenia,” Nikol Pashinyan said.
Coming to the latest December 9 parliamentary elections, the Head of State said that the elections were free and transparent as evidenced by international observers, and added that “our country is steadfastly advancing on the path of democracy.”
The Premier underscored that his government is now set to implement an economic revolution in the country, and consistent steps are being taken in that direction.
Johannes Hahn, in turn, emphasized that the European Union is keen to further develop relations with Armenia and stands ready to promote the implementation of reforms initiated by the Armenian government. The EU Commissioner welcomed the democratic changes taking place in our country, stressing that as an Eastern Partnership Program participant, Armenia is considered to be an important partner for the EU.
The parties exchanged views on the bilateral EU-Armenia agenda, touching on CEPA-related issues, including development of democratic institutions, strengthening of the rule of law, protection of human rights, judiciary reform, as well as the fight against corruption and the improvement of the business environment. Both sides stressed the importance of building an independent judicial system in Armenia.
Nikol Pashinyan and Johannes Hahn discussed opportunities for further expansion of economic cooperation and expansion of EU-supported development programs in Armenia. They agreed that the implementation of new initiatives in the fields of infrastructure, education, energy and other areas might be promising. In this context, the interlocutors highlighted the need for completing the CEPA ratification process in order to proceed to the steps envisaged in the first stage.
Prime Minister Pashinyan noted that Armenia is firmly determined to consistently develop cooperation with all partners and in the frame of integration associations. In this context, he stressed the importance of EAEU-Armenia and EU-Armenia economic relations.
The Armenian Prime Minister and the EU Commissioner exchanged views on regional issues, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process.