EU calls to accelerate Association Agreements with Armenia, Georgia

EU calls to accelerate finalizing of Association Agreements with
Georgia and Armenia

February 18, 2013 | 16:39

After the meeting in Brussels, EU Foreign Affairs Council called to
accelerate finalizing of the Association Agreements with Moldova,
Georgia and Armenia.

`The Council recalls that the European Council has called for progress
as regards the Association Agreements including DCFTAs with the
Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Armenia with a view to their
finalisation by the time of the Summit. It appreciates the launching
of work with these partners on Association Agendas to replace the ENP
Action Plans with the view to preparing for and facilitating the
implementation of the Association Agreements. The Council also
welcomes the progress underway in the Association Agreement
negotiations with Azerbaijan,’ the Council said in Conclusions on
Eastern Partnership.

`Negotiations on both the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements
with Armenia have been swiftly concluded and the Visa Facilitation
Agreement with Armenia was signed in December 2012. The Council now
looks forward to their entry into force by the time of the Vilnius
Summit,’ the statement reads.

The Foreign Ministers also recalled the significant EU financial
support provided for partner countries’ reform efforts in the period
from 2010 to 2013 amounting to 1.9 billion.

With the view to preparing the Vilnius Summit of November 2013, the
Council looks forward to the Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers
meeting in July of this year.

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