EU relations with Armenia are governed by the EU-Armenia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (1999), which allows for wide-ranging cooperation in the areas of political dialogue, trade, investment, economy, lawmaking and culture.
Armenia's inclusion (as one of the countries of the Southern Caucasus) in the European Neighbourhood Policy (2004) and the Eastern Partnership has demonstrated the EU's willingness to move its cooperation with the EU beyond the terms of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
Negotiations on Association Agreement, including a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), were finalised in July 2013. However, given Armenia's wish to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, announced in September 2013, the Association Agreement, incompatible with membership in the Customs Union, will not be initialled nor signed. The European Union will continue cooperation with Armenia in all areas compatible with this choice.
The recently-negotiated Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements will take effect as soon as all procedures are completed.
For more details about EU-Armenia cooperation, see: