Political and economic relations

The EU is seeking an increasingly close relationship with Armenia, going beyond co-operation, to gradual economic integration and a deepening of political co-operation.

Armenia is a priority partner country within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). A joint EU-Armenia Action Plan was discussed by the Commission and the Armenian government and finally adopted on November 14, 2006. It is based on the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) and provides a comprehensive and ambitious framework for joint work with Armenia, in all key areas of reform.

The European Commission puts forward concrete ideas for enhancing its relationship with the Eastern neighbours, including Armenia. The Eastern Partnership implies the possibility of new association agreements including deep and comprehensive free trade agreements with those countries willing and able to enter into a deeper engagement, gradual integration in the EU economy and allow for easier travel to the EU through gradual visa liberalisation, accompanied by measures to tackle illegal immigration.

The Partnership would also promote democracy and good governance, strengthen energy security, promote sector reform and environment protection, encourage people to people contacts, support economic and social development, offer additional funding for projects to reduce socio-economic imbalances and increase stability.