On March 1, 2021, the Agreement on Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership between the European Union and Armenia will enter into force. It has been ratified by the Republic of Armenia, all EU member states and the European Parliament.
The agreement provides a framework for the EU and Armenia to work together in a wide range of areas: strengthening democracy, the rule of law and human rights; creating more jobs and business opportunities, improving legislation, public safety, a cleaner environment, as well as better education and research opportunities, the European Commission noted.
The agreement with Armenia will also contribute to the achievement of the EU's common goal of deepening and strengthening relations with the countries of its eastern neighborhood within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.
“While times have fallen on Armenia, the European Union continues to support the Armenian people. The entry into force of the bilateral agreement between the EU and Armenia on March 1 will allow us to strengthen our work in the priority areas of economy, communications, digitalization and green transformation. This will bring concrete benefits to the people and is the key to the country's socio-economic recovery and long-term resilience. In these turbulent days, the main thing is to remain calm and respect democracy and constitutional order, ”said Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varheli.
The agreement between the European Union and Armenia was signed in November 2017, and has been partially applied in relations between them since June 1, 2018.
"The European Union is ready and hopes for even closer cooperation with Armenia for the full and effective implementation of the Agreement in our common interests and for the benefit of our societies and citizens," the European Commission said in its comments.
Let us remind you that the political crisis in Armenia escalated on February 25. The General Staff of Armenia published a statement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan after his decision to dismiss the deputy head of the General Staff. The prime minister called it an attempt at a coup d'etat and announced his decision to dismiss the head of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan.
The opposition of Armenia, which has long been demanding the resignation of Pashinyan after the defeat of Armenia in the war in Karabakh, supported the demand of the General Staff.