04, 2009

President Serzh Sargsyan received EU-Armenia parliamentary cooperation commission

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received representatives of the European Parliament who arrived in Armenia to participate in the works of the 10th session of the EU-Armenia parliamentary cooperation commission.

The President of Armenia stressed the importance of parliamentary cooperation for the enhancement of the Armenia-EU relations.

Noting that implementation of the European Neighborhood policy Action Plan was critically important for Armenia, President Sargsyan informed that the interagency commission on the coordination of works with the European structures has developed the chart of priority issues for 2009-2011, which envisages the modernization of the country’s political and economic structures. The President said that on these issues Armenia would be using experience of other countries and that the EU Advisory Group has already arrived to Armenia.

Reiterating Armenia’s desire to join the European family, the President of Armenia underscored, “It is a deliberate choice for us, we have assumed the responsibilities voluntarily, our goal is to live in accordance with the rules of civilized societies and we need the assistance of the European structures to make our country more democratic, our economy – more competitive, and the future of our children – more secure.”

Serzh Sargsyan hailed also the Eastern Partnership project and noted that Armenia would make utmost use of all the opportunities presented by it.

The Co-Chairperson of the EU-Armenia commission on parliamentary cooperation Mrs. Marie Ann Izler Beginn stressed that the South Caucasus region was of a particular interest for the European Parliament. Expressing gratitude for the five-year cooperation, Mrs. Beginn informed that after the upcoming summer elections in Europe the membership of the European Parliament would change and as a result a new commission on the EU parliamentary cooperation would be formed.

The President of Armenia praised the five-year work of the commission and expressed confidence that parliamentary cooperation would continue to develop and acquire new meaning.

The President of Armenia provided also clarifications on the issues of interest for the members of the commission. He presented once again Yerevan’s position on the Armenian-Turkish relations and the NK peace process.

At the meeting discussed were also issues related to the democratic reforms in Armenia.

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