The European Union has today issued a report on developments in Armenia and EU-Armenia relations between June 2018 and early May 2019. The report comes ahead of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council on 13 June. It finds that Armenia has stepped up its efforts to reinforce and enhance its partnership with the EU, and that Armenia consistently acknowledged the significant role the EU can play in the smooth implementation of the country’s reform agenda. However, the reform process remains at an early stage. The government’s roadmap for the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement will be an important instrument in advancing reform plans.
Following the signature of the EU-Singapore trade and investment agreements on 19 October 2018, the European Parliament gave its consent on 13 February 2019 to conclude both agreements. These deals were created by dividing the initial free trade agreement reached between the EU and Singapore in 2014, but not ratified, into two separate instruments: a trade agreement and an investment protection agreement.
The 26th EU-Japan Summit further strengthened bilateral ties, focusing on the implementation of two landmark agreements concluded last year: the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership and Economic Partnership Agreements. These agreements have taken political and economic relations to a higher level.
Update – the factsheet on EU-LAC relations is available.
Update – the speech by HR/VP Mogherini at the EP on the Joint Communication to the EP and to the Council: EU, Latin America and the Caribbean – joining forces for a common future is available.
The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities – prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance – for common future. The vision for a stronger and modernised bi-regional partnership focused on trade, investment and sectoral cooperation is set out in a new joint communication presented by the European Commission and the High Representative. This new partnership aims at working together in changing global and regional realities that require joint efforts to address common challenges and opportunities.
The President of the Council addressed the bilateral EU-Armenia relations and promised to achieve the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement.