Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has arrived in Brussels on a working visit
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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has arrived in Brussels on a working visit. The head of the Armenian government first met with European Council President Charles Michel. After a formal photo session, the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of the European Council discussed a wide range of issues related to EU-Armenia cooperation. The meeting focused on the reform process underway in Armenia.
Welcoming Nikol Pashinyan’s visit, Charles Michel said it was a good opportunity to discuss cooperation prospects, including the effective implementation of democratic reforms in Armenia.
Prime Minister Pashinyan appreciated EU’s support of the reforms being implemented in Armenia and expressed confidence that the EU-Armenia interaction will continue to develop effectively during Charles Michel’s tenure as President of the European Council.
“The European Union is our key partner in advancing the reforms; we have felt EU’s backing all the way through the reform process,” Nikol Pashinyan said.
The parties expressed readiness to further develop the EU-Armenia cooperation, including trade and economic relations. The President of the European Council hailed the Armenian Government’s ambitious reform agenda and went on to assure that the European Union will continue to actively cooperate and assist our country with the implementation of democratic transformations, including judicial and legal reforms.
Nikol Pashinyan and Charles Michel exchanged views on their expectations from the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, due to be held in Brussels this June.
Prime Minister Pashinyan stressed that his government will be consistent in developing and strengthening democracy in Armenia, protecting human rights and enforcing the rule of law.
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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with European People’s Party (EPP) President Donald Tusk at EPP headquarters in Brussels.
Welcoming the Armenian Premier, Donald Tusk said: “Mr. Prime Minister, I am pleased to welcome you in my new position but with a feeling of traditional friendship. I mean traditional friendship not only with you, but also with Armenia. You can rely on me in my new position.”
Donald Tusk stressed that the Europeans, including society and politicians, have high confidence in Armenia’s new government and personally in the Prime Minister, which is an important political capital.
Thankful for the warm welcome, Nikol Pashinyan said: “We highly appreciate your role in the development of EU-Armenia relations. We are convinced that as EPP President you will contribute to the further development and progress of our cooperation.”
The parties exchanged views on a broad range of issues relating to cooperation between Armenia and the European Union. They highlighted the need for close cooperation between Armenian parliamentarians and EPP faction deputies in the European Parliament.
Touching on Armenia’s judicial reform, Nikol Pashinyan gave details of the upcoming constitutional referendum. The interlocutors exchanged views on the ongoing fight against corruption in our country.
The EPP President hailed the reforms being implemented in Armenia and expressed readiness to promote the development and deepening of cooperation with Armenia.
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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with European Commission Vice-President / EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
Highlighting the development of EU-Armenia relations, the parties discussed issues of continued assistance to the reforms underway in Armenia. Josep Borrell reaffirmed EU’s readiness to back the reform process. He welcomed the fight against corruption, the ongoing judicial reform and the developments in other spheres.
As an important component of EU-Armenia cooperation, Prime Minister Pashinyan and Josep Borrell stressed the need for speedy ratification of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement by EU-member states and its full realization. The interlocutors referred to the possibility of starting EU-Armenia visa liberalization talks.
Nikol Pashinyan and Josep Borrell exchanged views on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process. Mr. Borrell reaffirmed EU’s support for the peaceful settlement of the conflict.