Political Visit to Armenia

Last week, I found myself in Armenia for a political visit. It is already my third stay in the country.

Very productive discussions took place with Vahe Hakobyan, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, and Arman Yeghoyan, Chairman of the Standing Committee on European Integration. I focused in particular on economic cooperation between the EU and Armenia and the development of relations within the framework of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Clear statements were made with regard to the Armenian military personnel and civilians still in captivity in Azerbaijan. The protection of Armenian cultural assets and religious sites in Nagorno-Karabakh, which form an important part of Armenia’s identity as the oldest Christian nation, was also discussed.

Armenia remains an important partner for the EU, both economically and geostrategically. Further legal harmonisation to EU standards and the expansion and improvement of public institutions are beneficial and desired by both sides.

Armenpress covered my visit: