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Brussels, 12 May 2010
ENP Country Progress Report 2009 – Armenia
The Commission published on 12 May 2010 the so-called neighbourhood package, consisting of an overall assessment of five years of implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), 12 country reports on developments in 2009, including one on Armenia, and a sector report.
In 2009 Armenia made progress in several areas of the ENP Action Plan, launched a regular human rights dialogue with the EU, improved the legislative framework in the area of anticorruption and strengthened the role of the Human Rights Defender. It also took positive steps to address the internal political crisis following the aftermath of the Presidential elections in February 2008, including the Amnesty issued in June, the amendments to the Criminal Code and the publication of the report by the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Inquiry Committee.
In 2010 Armenia should make further efforts to ensure thorough follow-up of the recommendations of the report by the Ad hoc Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on the events of March 2008, improve electoral standards and strengthen media freedom. Of key importance will be further reforms in the justice sector and the area of the rule of law, notably the independence of judiciary, the reform of the Prosecutor's office and proper implementation of adopted legislation in all areas. Enhanced dialogue between the ruling political forces and the opposition would contribute to the democratic development of the country.
Negotiating directives for a future Association Agreement were adopted by the EU on 10 May 2010.
Political dialogue and governance, including CFSP
Economic integration and trade
Promoting mobility, fighting irregular migration
Sector cooperation - examples
EU–Armenia – BACKGROUND
The European Neighbourhood Policy governs the relations between the EU and Armenia. In 2009 the EU launched the Eastern Partnership, the Eastern dimension of the ENP framework, aiming at substantially upgrading engagement with the six Eastern neighbours via:
- Bilateral track, whose objectives include the establishing of Association Agreements with Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, once conditions have been met, as well as progress on visa and mobility issues
- Multilateral track (i.e. intergovernmental platforms and Flagship Initiatives).
This approach allows for gradual political association and deeper economic integration.
FACTS AND FIGURES
1999: EU-Armenia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement entered into force.
2006: EU-Armenia Action Plan was approved
2009: EU Advisory Group to Armenia (financed by the EU) started its activities with the aim of supporting the Armenian authorities in the implementation of the key areas of the ENP Action Plan
2009: Neighbourhood Investment Facility committed € 14.6 million in grants and technical assistance for two projects in the transport sector. Armenia is also eligible for three regional projects, committing € 24 million in the energy and financial sectors
2007-2010: The ENPI1 envelope for Armenia stands at € 98.4 million
2011-2013: An indicative ENPI envelope of € 157.3 million announced by the Commission
More info at:
the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument