EU and Armenia to hold Brussels summit to bolster relations DPA

Feb 13 2024

Representatives from the European Union and Armenia are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss cooperation between the Caucasus nation and the 27-country bloc.

The summit is the fifth meeting of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council, first held in 2018.

The two sides plan to discuss the potential for a "dialogue" on liberalizing the visa regime between the EU and Armenia. Also on the agenda are political reform, democracy, the rule of law and human rights, as well as economic and trade cooperation.

Leading the talks is the EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan.

The forum is the product of an "Enhanced Partnership Agreement" signed in 2017 to deepen cooperation on a broad array of matters such as security, the environment, energy, migration, and combatting terrorism, money laundering and the illegal drug trade.

In January 2023, EU member states agreed to establish a civilian mission to patrol and monitor the the region of Armenia near the Azerbaijani border, amid hostilities between the two countries.