ArmInfo. The European Union has already doubled the financial assistance provided to Armenia, which will cover all areas of cooperation. On October 10, in an interview with reporters, the head of the EU delegation in Armenia Andrea Victorin told ArmInfo. "We continue discussions with the Armenian government to determine the priorities of our activities. Our cooperation will cover such priority areas as reform of the judicial system and the fight against corruption," the ambassador said, while recalling the close cooperation with Armenia in the field of nature protection.
According to her, the EU is closely cooperating with the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia on improving the water quality of Lake Sevan, in addition, serious attention is paid to raising awareness, in this regard, a large educational event was held in Yerevan on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership program .
Victorin also pointed out the interaction in the economic sector, recalled the implementation of a project to promote small and medium-sized businesses. The European diplomat emphasized that in all these areas, cooperation is developing successfully.
In conclusion, Victorin informed that two rounds of negotiations between Armenia and the EU are expected to be held soon, which will allow to outline further areas of cooperation. The European Union is Armenia's largest financial donor and its main partner in implementing the reform agenda aimed at improving governance, strengthening the economy, deepening ties and human contacts. Through grant programs, the EU annually allocates ? 40 million to support reforms in governance, the private sector, education and regional development. Since 2014, through loans and grants, the EU has invested more than 1 billion euros in the energy, agricultural and transport infrastructures of Armenia.
In the summer of this year, the Armenian Foreign Minister at a parliamentary hearing said that "In 2019, EU support is estimated at 40 million euros. An additional fund of 25 million euros is also provided.