ArmInfo. "I want to note that even before the signing of the Comprehensive and Expanded Partnership Agreement between Armenia and the European Union, the Elk bloc issued a statement urging the parties to show political will and sign the document," the Prime Minister said on May 23 from the rostrum of the Parliament Of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan.
Answering the question of the RPA MP Armen Ashotyan, whether the new government of Armenia plans to develop cooperation with the EU within the framework of this Agreement, Pashinyan stated that the "Elk" bloc was always for signing this agreement and voted "for" its ratification by the Armenian parliament. The Prime Minister stated that, despite the fact that this Agreement was ratified by Armenia, it has not yet been ratified by the EU member states. "It is very important for us to ratify this agreement by the EU member states, which is on the agenda, I want to note that the ratification of the Agreement was recently discussed with Speaker of the Cyprus Parliament Dimitris Syllouris, and we hope that the EU member states will soon ratify this document, "the prime minister said.
Speaking about the volume of financial assistance, the prime minister said that at the moment many countries express their readiness to render financial assistance to Armenia. "We intend to discuss the proposed assistance, how to most effectively use this assistance in the future," Pashinyan said.
Pashinyan also said that there are resources in Armenia that can be used for the benefit of the republic. Moreover, he noted that the RA should not always expect financial assistance from someone. "We need to determine what kind of assistance we need and to what extent, we will be most worthy in our choice, and the choice will not be made at the expense of Armenia's sovereignty or dignity," the premier concluded.
To note, the framework agreement on a comprehensive and expanded partnership between Armenia and the EU was signed on November 24 in Brussels. The Armenian parliament has already ratified this Agreement, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have already ratified it from the EU member states. To recall, on May 11, in Yerevan, on the margins of the opening of the Days of Europe in Armenia, the head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Piotr Switalsky, announced that on June 1, the partial implementation of the Armenia-EU comprehensive and expanded partnership agreement will start. Moreover, the Bulgarian Ambassador to Armenia Maria Pavlova Tzotzorkova-Kaymakchieva reported on May 16 that the Bulgarian parliament intends to ratify the framework agreement between Armenia and the EU in the near future.