The Armenian election year was opened with a self-promotional session of the local Minister of Foreign Affair. At the press conference, Eduard Nalbandyan unfolded a grant vision of fast and effective negotiations with the European Union. Yet such euro-enthusiasm could be a little exaggerated…
Armenian Minister Eduard Nalbandyan entered this week with a conference summing up the last year in his department. As an achievement, the minister presented the work of a special joint commission over the Association Agreement (AA) between his country and the EU, praising its pace. According to press agency ARKA, Nalbandyan mockingly mentioned Azerbaijan not being even halfway through the EU integration process Armenia has already undergone.
The Armenian foreign minister put forward precise plans of bringing his state closer to united Europe. For him, it is a matter of honour to sign the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTA) and to launch visa facilitation for Armenians travelling to the EU in 2012.
Negotiations on the AA with Armenia started in 2010. The Agreement is to replace the current pact on partnership and cooperation, and aims at strengthening relations between the Union and this Caucasian country. The key directions Armenia is going towards are joint foreign policy with the EU, building democracy, promoting economic integration and visa facilitation, and stabilizing the energy sector.