ArmInfo. Today, March 1, 2021, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Armenia (CEPA) comes into force. As reported by the EU press service, now it has been ratified by the Republic of Armenia, all EU member states and the European Parliament.
"This is an important milestone in EU-Armenia relations. This Agreement provides a framework for the EU and Armenia to work together in a wide range of areas: strengthening democracy, rule of law and human rights; creating more jobs and business opportunities, improving legislation, ensuring public safety, a cleaner environment, and better education and research opportunities. This bilateral agenda also contributes to the EU's common goal of deepening and strengthening relations with the countries of its eastern neighborhood in the framework of the Eastern Partnership. RA, admitted to ArmInfo.
It is also noted that the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell, in this regard, noted that the entry into force of this agreement occurs at a time when Armenia is facing serious problems.
"This is a powerful signal that the EU and Armenia are committed to democratic principles and the rule of law, as well as a broader reform agenda. In the political, economic, trade and other sectoral areas, our Agreement aims to bring positive changes in people's lives to overcome challenges. facing the reform program in Armenia, "Borrell said.
In turn, the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varheli assured that despite the fact that Armenia is going through difficult times today, the European Union continues to support the Armenian people.
"The entry into force of the bilateral agreement between the EU and Armenia on March 1 will allow us to strengthen our work in priority areas of the economy, communications, digitalization and green transformation. This will bring concrete benefits to the people and is the key to socio-economic recovery and long-term sustainability of the country. For days the main thing is to keep calm and respect democracy and constitutional order, "Varkheli stressed.
Recall that the CEPA was signed in November 2017, and already from June 1, 2018, a significant part of it was temporarily applied.
"Since then, the breadth and depth of bilateral cooperation between Armenia and the European Union has steadily developed. At the 3rd meeting of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council, held on December 17, 2020, the European Union and Armenia reaffirmed their full commitment to the implementation of the CEPA.
The agreement plays an important role in the modernization of Armenia, in particular, by bringing legislation closer to EU norms in many areas. This includes reforms to the rule of law and respect for human rights, especially an independent, effective and accountable justice system, as well as reforms to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of public institutions and to create conditions for sustainable and inclusive development.
From the date of entry into force of the Agreement on March 1, cooperation will be strengthened in areas that have so far not been covered by the provisional application of the Agreement. The European Union is ready and hopes for even closer cooperation with Armenia for the full and effective implementation of the Agreement in our common interests and for the benefit of our societies and citizens, "the EU stressed.