Special expectations from the summit of " Eastern partnership ", which will be held in Riga on may 21-22, Armenia does not have, said on Wednesday Last news the head of the permanent Commission of the National Assembly of Armenia on European integration Naira Zohrabyan.
She said that after a long cold silence in Recent months, a noticeable change in relations between Armenia and the EU. In addition, there was intensification of negotiations on cooperation in sectoral areas." What expectations do we have the opportunity to be from the Riga summit? The fact that no new fundamental legal document signed will not, I think, Clear to all of us, because the Commission needs to obtain a mandate from the EU to start negotiations around such a document, " said Zohrabyan.
She said that the discussions in the Last few years under the agreement on unity is reason enough in Riga was the document that will outline the basics of the upcoming legal document." I myself in Recent months been involved in many discussions around the agenda of the legal document, and I think that all parties came to the conclusion that the main political part of the agreement about unification Will be included in the document, and that for me is very important, the new document Will include an economic element. Confusing lack the economic component in the document given that exactly fifty percent of Armenia's trade turnover is with the EU, " said Zohrabyan.
in her vision, this economic element is not obliged to contradict the commitments of Armenia to the Eurasian economic Union." But, taking into account the General rules of the world trade organization, I think that Armenia and the EU will be able to find a common acceptable formula economic component ", - said the head of the parliamentary Commission. In her vision, you can map two different integration process, to detect the correct format of relations with Armenia, which will not run counter to its commitments in the framework of the EAEU.
Zohrabyan also considers it important that this format of relations between Armenia and the EU will not harm the Armenian-Russian relations." The Commissioner (for neighbourhood policy and enlargement negotiations Johannes) Khan sees a very great resource comparability, moreover, he sees the Russian involvement in these processes, giving it the importance, in contrast from the previous Commissioner, who fundamentally rejected the principle of "both-and" reiterated that Armenia by selecting the EAEC Customs Union closed all the way in relations with the EU, " She concluded.
The program "Eastern partnership" includes political Association and economic integration of the EU with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The last 3 countries last year signed the Association agreement with the EU partnership.