YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—The EU Council has authorized the European Commission and the High Representative to open negotiations on a new, legally binding and overarching agreement with Armenia, and adopted a corresponding negotiating mandate. The agreement will replace the current EU-Armenia partnership and cooperation agreement.
The EU has said that it is committed to further develop and strengthen comprehensive cooperation with Armenia in all areas of mutual interest within the Eastern Partnership framework. The official launching of negotiations is envisaged to take place before the end of the year.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian issued a statement welcoming the adoption of a mandate to launch new talks with Armenia.
“We attach importance to the decision of the EU Council to provide the European Commission with a mandate to open negotiations with Armenia on the creation of a new legal basis,” Nalbandian said.
“We are hopeful that the documents to be worked out as a result of the negotiations will best express the depth of Armenia-EU mutually beneficial cooperation, reflect the joint commitment to raise our relations to a new level and outline the comprehensive partnership in all areas of mutual interest,” Nalbandian stated.