The EU-Armenia Partnership Council met for the fourth time in Brussels on 18 May 2022, and for the first time since the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) entered into force on 1 March 2021.
The Council was co-chaired by the Armenian Foreign Minister of Foreign, Ararat Mirzoyan, and the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell.
The Partnership Council reviewed the implementation of the CEPA, which covers a wide range of cooperation sectors in the political, economic and trade areas, and welcomed the progress achieved.
The EU also welcomed Armenia’s commitment to CEPA implementation, appreciated positively the reforms undertaken and encouraged the government to pursue its reform agenda to the benefit of Armenian citizens, which the EU fully supports.
The Council supported the signature of the Common Aviation Area Agreement on 15 November 2021: “With this agreement, both sides engage in a process to improve Armenia’s aviation safety that may gradually lead to Armenia’s inclusion in the EU’s aviation market with new air transport opportunities, more direct connections and economic benefits to both sides.”
The Partnership Council expressed appreciation for the successful cooperation on Erasmus+ and welcomed the association of Armenia to the EU programme Horizon Europe that will allow Armenian researchers and research entities to continue participating in European Research and Innovation projects.
Concerning the Visa Facilitation agreement and of the Readmission agreements, the EU noted their overall good implementation and invited Armenia to sustain its efforts.