ArmInfo. Bulgaria is of strategic importance for the European Union. This January 17 in Yerevan at a press conference on the presidency of Bulgaria in the EU Council, said the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Piotr Switalsky.
According to him, today the EU is at a difficult stage, as evidenced by the rich content of the Bulgarian Chairmanship. "We have high expectations from Bulgaria's chairmanship of the Council of the EU During my stay in Yerevan, Bulgaria is the first country to chair the Council and has an embassy in Armenia, which allows us to unite efforts to increase the representation of the European Union in Armenia. It is very important to work in the Council, to promote our agenda in Armenia, including within the framework of the Eastern Partnership
. Today we are at the stage of pragmatic implementation of the agenda of the Armenia- EU agreement, "the European diplomat said. And in this context, he added that today the EU is at the stage of ratification of the framework agreement with Armenia, efforts are being made to develop a joint road map. Switalsky stressed that the EU hopes to best realize the agreement signed in Brussels last November on a comprehensive and expanded partnership. Answering the question about the possible terms for the ratification by the EU countries of a framework agreement with Armenia, Switalsky noted that the year started quite successfully and in fact, the first agreement was ratified by the country that previously presided over the EU Council (Estonia-Editor's notes), Which is a positive signal.
The European diplomat stated that the terms of ratification of the document depend on the legislation of each of the EU countries, somewhere it is a complicated process, and somewhere fairly simple. As in confederated states, any international document requires detailed elaboration, and involves hard work. But we are optimistic, the most important is that the agreement agreement can be implemented this year. Let's hope that from the spring of this year we will be able to start its implementation, only the ratification of the Armenian side is required. If you study the agreement, you will see that there is a process that will begin to function sovereignly, "concluded Switalsky. On January 12, Estonia ratified the agreement on a comprehensive and expanded partnership between Armenia and the European Union, thereby becoming the first of 28 EU countries to complete this document. The agreement was signed on November 24, 2017 in Brussels at the EU Eastern Partnership Summit.