However, in any case, the document is for Armenia the opportunity to talk with Europe in one language, but this is a painting that has not been finished yet and today the question is whether the parties will want to do it in accordance with our expectations. 

AIISA seminar он Photo: AIISA seminar он "Armenia-EU: What’s in the EU agreement (CEPA) and beyond it?," October 26, 2017

Armenia-EU: What’s in the EU agreement (CEPA) and beyond it?: «1in.am»

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26.10.2017

Источник: «1in.am Armenian News & Analyses»

 

Analyst: The publication of the text of the Armenia-EU Agreement excludes any speculation about its content: «ArmInfo»

The publication of 357 pages of the text of the Armenia- EU Agreement excludes any speculation about its content. Of course, only in theory. Such a view was expressed by its founder Stepan Safaryan during a round table organized by the Armenian Institute of International Affairs and Security.

On November 24, 2017 at the Brussels summit of the "Eastern Partnership" Armenia plans to sign a partnership document on the partnership with the EU, which was initialed on March 21 - the Agreement on Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership. The relevant talks were initiated by the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU on October 12, 2015 in Luxembourg.

"I think that if you read this text, it becomes clear to any person what the EU can expect from Armenia, and it is in this, the absence of overestimated expectations, perhaps the main difference between this document and the registration of Armenia's membership in the EAEU." Some representatives of the ruling party in Armenia linked with membership in the EAEU  even de facto Artsakh's membership in this organization, "he noted.

According to the analyst, at the same time, the document to be signed is very far from its content, which regulates the relations between Yerevan and Brussels. Thus, the wording of the Comprehensive and Expanded Partnership Agreement is blurred in comparison with the clear language of the Association Agreement.  "However, in any case, the document is for Armenia the opportunity to talk with Europe in one language, but this is a painting that has not been finished yet and today the question is whether the parties will want to do it in accordance with our expectations," Safaryan concluded.

David Stepanyan

26.10.2017

Source: «ArmInfo»

 

Forecast: The collapse of the EAEC will open new opportunities for implementing the provisions of the Armenia-EU Agreement: «ArmInfo»

If Armenia refuses to sign an agreement on a comprehensive and expanded partnership with the European Union, no one will punish us. Hovhannes Igityan, an international expert, ex-chairman of the parliamentary commission on foreign relations, expressed such an opinion during a round table organized by the Armenian Institute of International Affairs and Security.

On November 24, 2017 at the Brussels summit of the "Eastern Partnership" Armenia plans to sign a partnership document on the partnership with the EU, which was initialed on March 21 - the Agreement on Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership. The relevant talks were initiated by the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU on October 12, 2015 in Luxembourg.

"We simply lose the next opportunity for development for Armenia, but it seems that the intrigue surrounding the signing of the treaty with the EU is being created by the authorities with a view to demonstrating on November 24 a" diplomatic victory. "After all, after September 2013, the discussion hanging around in the air will either sign or not sign Armenia had to warm up the agreement with the EU, which is what is actually being done today, "he said.

The expert assesses the contract with the EU, which is being signed for signing, as a good basis for which later on, if the parties wish, it will be possible to impose additional practical provisions with puzzles. In this light, Igityan expressed hope for the imminent, inevitable collapse of the EAEU, as happened with the USSR, noting that integration processes can not be based on the will of one person.

"It is the breakdown of the EAEU that will open new opportunities for the practical implementation of the provisions of the Armenia-EU Agreement, which will open real opportunities for expanding existing cooperation." Meanwhile, I can say that Armenia can get as much as it does from this agreement, will make efforts in this direction, "summed up Igityan.

David Stepanyan

26.10.2017

Source: «ArmInfo»

 

Non-signing of EU-Armenia agreement not to entail sanctions – expert: «Tert»

A possible non-signing of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the European Union and Armenia does not potentially entail negative consequences, including sanctions against the country, according to an expert in international affairs.

Speaking at a debate addressing the EU-Armenia relations and the development of future partnership, Hovhannes Igityan, a former chairman of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, said he only expects losses for the country in case of a failure. 

“What surprises me is that we are inclined to back that agreement,” he said, highlighting the authorities’ responsibility for provoking intrigues over a negative scenario.

Igityan said he thinks that the authorities are intentionally making maneuvers to later describe the document’s signing as a diplomatic victory or have room for justifications in case of a failure to finalize the deal.

Hripsime Hovhannsyan

26.10.2017

Source: «Tert»

 

Forecast: Signing of the Agreement with the EU will allocate Armenia among the countries of the EAEC, the CSTO and the CIS: «ArmInfo»

The signing of the Agreement with the EU will substantially allocate Armenia among the countries of the EAEC, the CSTO and the CIS. Edmond Marukyan, a deputy from the opposition bloc "Elk" expressed a similar opinion during a round table organized by the Armenian Institute of International Affairs and Security.

November 24, 2017 at the Brussels summit of the "Eastern Partnership" Armenia plans to sign a partnership document on the partnership with the EU, which was initialed on March 21 - the Agreement on Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership. The relevant talks were initiated by the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU on October 12, 2015 in Luxembourg.

"I very much hope that this agreement will be signed in Brussels on November 24, as promised by the Armenian authorities and the European Commission.The Yelk bloc welcomes this initiative and renders it full support, which we believe is the minimum that can be done Yerevan, assessing as a maximum the withdrawal of Armenia from the EEA until the signing of the DCFTA, "the parliamentarian stressed.

Assessing the obligations of the EU and Armenia equally, Marukyan believes that it will be wrong to blame responsibility for the implementation of a particular item of the forthcoming Agreement on each other.  According to him, the basis of the existing agreement regulating relations between Yerevan and Brussels is hopelessly outdated and it is the Agreement on Comprehensive and Expanded Partnership that gives a real opportunity to update the agenda of relations between the EU and Armenia.

David Stepanyan

26.10.2017

Source: «ArmInfo»

 

Armenian Official Warns Against ‘Excessive Expectations’ From Deal With EU: «Azatutyun»

A planned agreement on Armenia’s “enhanced partnership” with the European Union is not as significant as it is portrayed by some pro-Western elements in the county, a deputy chairman of President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party said on Thursday.

“The document that will be signed is beautiful and important, but I think that it’s wrong to give it extra lighting, gloss and other stuff or turn into a Christmas tree,” said Armen Ashotian. “Because we are thereby heightening our expectations which will not be met later on and we will say that the European vector [of Armenian foreign policy] has failed.”

The draft Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is designed to deepen Armenia’s political and economic ties with the EU. Citing “common values” shared by the two sides, the 350-page document commits the Armenian government to implementing political reforms and “approximating” national economic laws and regulations to those of the EU.

The CEPA does not contain far-reaching free trade-related provisions, unlike an Association Agreement that was negotiated by Armenian and EU officials in the summer of 2013. The Armenian leadership scuttled that agreement by opting to join a Russian-led trade bloc.

Ashotian, who also chairs the Armenian parliament committee on foreign relations, seemed to imply that the CEPA will be signed as planned at an EU summit in Brussels scheduled for November 24. He said the two sides will make clear that the deal is not directed against third parties.

Speaking at a Yerevan-based think-tank, Ashotian also made the point that the CEPA is important to only Armenia but also the EU because the latter needs to showcase a “success story” at the Brussels summit.

“The EU need to have another partner in the region alongside Georgia,” said Ashotian. “There are many other reasons as well. For instance, this agreement will contribute to regional stability and therefore the risk of a new war or other instability could significantly decrease. This is a mutually beneficial document.”

Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for European neighborhood policy, hailed “the groundbreaking new agreement” with Armenia when he visited Yerevan earlier this month. He said it will not only deepen the EU’s ties with Armenia but also serve as a “blueprint” for other countries.

 

Hovannes Movsisian

26.10.2017

Source: «Azatutyun»

 

Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission: opposition EU-EAEU is harmful to Armenia:«ArmInfo»

The opposition of the  EU and the EAEU to Armenia is harmful. I can say that the agreement  that is being prepared for signing with the EU is not the result of  opposing, but combining these two integration projects. Armen  Ashotyan, chairman of the NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations,  expressed this opinion during a round table organized by the Armenian  Institute of International Affairs and Security.  "We do not stand at  the crossroads between West and East, we stand on the bridge  connecting the West and the East." In this light, I urge all not to  exaggerate the implications of the agreement that is being signed  with Europe.  "For Armenia this is not a goldfish capable of solving  all our problems, for further, fruitful work," he said.

Ashotyan considers the softening of the position of the current  European Commission regarding the agreement being prepared for  signing with Armenia obvious. According to him, the position of the  former European Commission was much tougher and in fact pursued the  achievement of purely geopolitical goals aimed against Russia.

According to him, the signing of the Agreement with the EU for  Armenia is all the more important, given the vague future of the EU's  Eastern Partnership project. According to his estimates, the "EP" is  now in deep crisis, as European countries lost interest in the  project. In this light, Ashotyan considers the formulation of the  direct, Armenia-EU own agenda of necessity a necessity.

November 24, 2017 at the Brussels summit of the "Eastern Partnership"  Armenia plans to sign a partnership document on the partnership with  the EU, which was initialed on March 21 - the Agreement on  Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership. The Council of Foreign  Ministers of the EU initiated the relevant talks on October 12, 2015  in Luxembourg.

David Stepanyan

26.10.2017

Source: «ArmInfo»

 

Armen Ashotyan: the referendum in Catalonia made significant corrections to the European vision of the Karabakh conflict: «ArmInfo»

The referendum in  Catalonia made significant corrections to the European vision of the  Karabakh conflict. Armen Ashotyan, chairman of the NA Standing  Committee on Foreign Relations, expressed this opinion during a round  table organized by the Armenian Institute of International Affairs  and Security.

"Europeans tend to view the Karabakh conflict in the light of the  latest, general centrifugal tendencies in Europe and the referendum  in Catalonia in particular, and it is very difficult for them to  explain the huge difference between the causes of the Karabakh  conflict and the Catalan referendum. This is why the signing of an  agreement between EU and Armenia is important from the point of view  of geopolitics and geoeconomy," he noted.

In this context, Ashotyan stressed the important role of signing the  agreement in ensuring regional security in general. According to his  estimates, the Armenian side of the negotiations expects the use of  the EU political formula in the economy and in the political aspect  towards Armenia. In particular, the points of the Karabakh settlement  included in the Agreement.

"The presence of the provisions on regional conflicts in the  Armenia-EU Agreement and the corresponding Brussels position is very  important for us, I can also note that the reforms envisaged by the  agreement are not imposed from the outside and completely correspond  to our internal agenda," the parliamentarian concluded.

November 24, 2017 at the Brussels summit of the "Eastern Partnership"  Armenia plans to sign a partnership document on the partnership with  the EU, which was initialed on March 21 - the Agreement on  Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership. The Council of Foreign  Ministers of the EU initiated the relevant talks on October 12, 2015  in Luxembourg.

David Stepanyan

26.10.2017

Source: «ArmInfo»

 

David Shahnazaryan: Armenia-EU agreement also important to frontline 1992-95: ''Aravot"

From 1992 to 1995 the Ambassador by Special Assignments of the President of the Republic of Armenia, from 1994 to 1995, the head of State Department of National Security, David Shahnazaryan agrees by the incumbent RPA representative Armen Ashotyan – the process of the signing of Armenia-EU agreement should not be contradicted to the relations between Armenia and Russia. He suggested to be very pragmatic in this issue during the discussion on “Armenia-EU: What stands beyond Armenia-EU Agreement and its Signing” organized in the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs. The issue of the signing of Armenia-EU agreement he  sees today in the European Union and the EU Member States: “It is in that field, but we should play in that field. In their field we should play with a ball, but very actively, because not time is left. For working we are left two and a half weeks.”

Pursuant to his information, at the moment, there are no political obstacles in place for signing the agreement, he stays of the same opinion – the signing may be delayed because of technical issues: “Pursuant to the information I possess, it seems no big issues are in place here. There were issues with 3 countries, in one of them that issue has been precisely solved and I have serious hopes that in those 2 countries the issue will be solved similarly.”

Currently he expects the authorities much more active activities: “There are at least a few capitals of the European Union where there is a huge work to be done – firstly relative to the text of the declaration-to-be-signed with the EU.”

He insists that in case of serious diplomatic work, we can reach more positive results. He also informs that “we are not very discontented” with the provision on Artsakh issue stipulated in the agreement. He notices simultaneously – there are a lot of threats, and, accordingly, work to be done: they are not subject to publication. And that Armenia-EU agreement will be signed, sooner or later, he has no doubt. He says – let us be pragmatic, not to lose this opportunity, this is also important to us for the frontline.  

Nelly GRIGORYAN

26.10.2017

Source: ''Aravot"
 

Politician calls for ‘pragmatic approach’ to EU-Armenia agreement: «Tert»​

Armenia must demonstrate a pragmatic approach to the Comprehensive and Enhance Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the EU to avoid comparing the deal with the Eurasian Union Treaty, according to Davit David Shahnazaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and a former direcor of the National Security Service.

In a speech at a debate discussing document, the politician said he believes that its signing at the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit depends largely on the EU member countries’ goodwill.

Meantime he ruled out any obstacles to the process.

Instead Shahnazaryan called for active efforts by the authorities towards successfully completing the deal. “What we need to do at the moment is to be increasingly active, as we have considerable work to do in at least several EU capitals,” he said, calling attention also to the text of the Eastern Partnership declaration.  

26.10.2017

Source: «Tert»