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The European Union will open negotiations with Armenia within one month on concrete actions stemming from its inclusion in a program envisaging privileged ties with the bloc, a senior EU envoy said on Thursday.
Armenia hopes to join the European Union within 20 years and has no objections to Turkey joining the bloc if Ankara meets EU membership criteria in full, Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan said Wednesday.
Today Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met representatives of Brussels-based think tanks and international organisations to discuss Armenia’s deepening relationship with the European Union and its foreign policy in general.
Recent exchange between the two countries provides EU with opportunity to address its Turkish-Armenian quandary.
Armenia will vote, Sunday 27th, in a referendum to amend the country’s constitution. If adopted, the changes, which are inspired by the Council of Europe, should considerably reduce the constitutional powers of the President, entrench the separation of powers, and contribute to the enforcement of human rights in Armenia. Paradoxically, the President is backing a reform that would reduce his powers- while much of the opposition rejects it. The referendum is being followed closely by the European institutions.
Ever since European Union accession, the Baltics have become a model for other former republics of the Soviet Union, striving to join the West in economic integration. The three countries of the south Caucasus - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia - are certainly the most eager in this regard.
On November 14, Armenia and the EU signed their "European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan".
The Council of Europe observers to the Constitutional Referendum held on 27 November 2005 in Armenia regret the decision taken by the authorities which precluded the attendance of any other international observers. The transparency of the referendum was further hampered by the decision of the parliamentary opposition to call on their members to withdraw from the electoral commissions. It is also regrettable that political pluralism inside polling stations was not better assisted by a greater number of domestic observers.
The Council of Europe’s “Group of States against Corruption” (GRECO) published its evaluation report on Armenia this week, with the agreement of the Armenian authorities. GRECO reports are intended as a European contribution to tackling the scourge of corruption in its 40 member countries. Corruption remains a significant problem in Armenia: a widely used measure of the phenomenon, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, ranks countries from the least corrupt (n° 1) to the most (158). Armenia ranks 88th on this scale, on a par with Iran and Moldova and doing rather better than the Ukraine (107), Georgia (130) and Azerbaijan (137). The lowest ranking among the EU’s current members is Poland (70).
The Council of Europe welcomes the result of the 27/11/2005, constitutional referendum in Armenia paving the way to reforms demanded by the organisation, but regrets the conditions under which the referendum was conducted.
Individual Action Plans for Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaidjan, to be agreed within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy, are expected to be approved during the EU Council for Common and Foreign Relations to be held in Brussels February 27-28.
A conference on the development of relations between the European Union and Armenia in the framework of the new European Neighbourhood Policy.
7/7/2006- EP delegation chair visits Armenia-Turkey border ; European Parliament to debate Turkey’s progress; EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus on Action Plans for Armenia and Georgia: “in a couple of months”.
A monthly news roundup by Inside Europe. 15/9/2006
A monthly news roundup by Inside Europe. 16/05/2006
This week the European Commission proposed to include the three South Caucasus republics of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan among its "ring of friends" designated for special relationships with the Union under its European Neighbourhood Policy.
1- PM, EU Commissioner Discussion New Neighbourhood Policy- Armenpress. 2- EU Commissioner Tours South Caucasus To Explain 'New Neighborhood' Offer- RFE-RL
Today, European Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner “commended the people of Armenia and their leaders" on the fact that the May 12 parliamentary elections were conducted largely in accordance international standards for democratic elections.
By Ahto Lobjakas, RFE/RL, Brussels,18/05/2004
EU representative for South Caucasus says he has "stronger mandate on involvement in frozen conflicts"
The newly appointed representative of the European Union for the South Caucasus revealed in a RFE/RL interview on Friday that he has “a slightly stronger mandate on involvement in frozen conflicts.”