ArmInfo.Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, highly appreciated the level of cooperation with Armenia on the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
Speaking today in the Armenian parliament at the hearings during the implementation of the Agreement, she noted that Armenia, being a member of the EAEU, on the one hand, and having signed the Agreement with the EU, on the other, also benefits from its cooperation with various partners.
According to her, the EU and Armenia worked closely with each other in the framework of the implementation of CEPA, and the Armenian government is very responsible for the obligations to implement reforms in the country within the framework of the roadmap of the ”greement with the EU. The European Union fully supports this process, putting emphasis on priority areas for the country. <Our relationship over the past 2 years has deepened significantly. Both parties have commitments in political and economic fields, they are based on universal values and are reflected in the active participation of Armenia in various programs implemented by EU structures," the Ambassador emphasized.
She noted that the parties by joint efforts wish to go on to further strengthen democracy, political stability and institutional stability in Armenia, to maintain strong peace and stability both at the regional and international levels. The ”mbassador emphasized the importance of cooperation in such areas as fundamental freedoms and security, strengthening the rule of law, justice, and noted the existence of a common vision in such matters as the implementation of efforts to increase the efficiency, independence and transparency of the justice system in Armenia in terms of protecting human rights.
The Ambassador also noted that these reforms will give impetus to economic transformations and the cause of attracting foreign investment in the country. According to her, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are the most important factor for building strong, independent and transparent institutions in the country. In this regard, the Ambassador expressed her satisfaction with the cooperation with Armenia also in terms of implementing programs to protect the environment, water quality and to implement large-scale strategic reform in the field of education.
Speaking about the urgent issue in Armenia on the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU, Andrea Wiktorin emphasized that she was satisfied with the work of the Armenian government to reach an agreement on readmission and readiness to conduct a dialogue on this topic with each of the 27 EU member states to obtain the consent of each country. She emphasized that reaching an agreement on visa liberalization with the EU is keeping pace with the implementation of the CEPA roadmap and expressed hope for progress in this direction.