Proposal for a framework agreement between the EU and Armenia (21/05/2015)

The Commission on 19 May adopted a recommendation for the Council to authorise the opening of negotiations on a legally binding agreement between the European Union and Armenia. Following Armenia's decision to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) rather than pursue with signature of the Association Agreement with the EU, both sides reconfirmed in November 2013 their commitment to further develop and strengthen cooperation in all areas of mutual interest within the Eastern Partnership framework. Last year the EU and Armenia launched a reflection exercise on the scope of a future renewed agreement of cooperation, clarifying the areas that are compatible with Armenia's new commitments under the EEU. The Recommendation is for a Council Decision authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to open negotiations on a framework agreement. It will be presented to Member States for their final adoption. For more information on EU-Armenia relations, see thewebsite(For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Eamonn Prendergast – Tel.: +32 229 98851)