National Assembly of Armenia ratified Armenia-EU new framework agreement
On 11 April, the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia with a unanimous vote ratified the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA), says press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
On April 10, the draft law on CEPA ratification was discussed at the plenary session of the National Assembly, where the main rapporteur for the issue was Deputy Foreign Minister Nazarian.
As it was noted by the Deputy Foreign Minister Nazarian during the plenary session on 10 April, the new Armenia-EU agreement raises to a new level the Armenia-EU relations, which are based on common values and close ties. Deputy Minister added that the Agreement regulates the Armenia-EU dialogue in the political and economic spheres, sectoral cooperation and trade relations.
The implementation of the Agreement will create favourable conditions for the promotion of Armenia's business environment and investments, will expand the capacities of the Armenian companies in the area of trade in services, will contribute to raising the efficiency of combating corruption, strengthening the system of protection of intellectual property rights, strengthening the principles of competition, updating regulations of labour legislation, will enhance the opportunities for participation of Armenian universities in research projects under the largest EU research and innovation "HORIZON 2020" programme and "EU4Innovation" initiative.
The institutional framework to be established under the Agreement will include, in particular, the Partnership Council, which is the highest political body comprised of ministerial level representatives of the sides, will also monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Agreement.
One of the innovations of the Agreement - the creation of a Civil Society Platform, which will consist of civil society representatives from Armenia and the EU and will act on the principles of transparency, inclusion and rotation.
The CEPA contains specific provisions regulating the EU-Armenian cooperation in the field of migration, asylum and border management, as well as in the field of movement of persons and readmission.
It is expected also that entry into force of CEPA will facilitate the Armenia – EU dialog on visa liberalization.
Full text of the Armenia-EU CEPA could be find here