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17th EU-Armenia PCC, 19-20 December 2017, Yerevan

The 17th EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) meeting was held in Yerevan on 19-20 December 2017.

The final statement included points on:
  • recalls the crucial role of the European Parliament and of the National Assembly of Armenia in the development of the Eastern Partnership dynamics;
  • welcomes the signature of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia, in the fringes of the Eastern Partnership Summit that was held in Brussels on 24 November 2017;
  • stresses that this historical Agreement is based on the EU's and Armenia's common commitment to democracy, the rule of law, good governance and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • urges both the EU and Armenia to stay committed to a thorough and lasting implementation of this Agreement;
  • urges the National Parliaments of the EU Member States to ratify the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement without undue delay;
  • welcomes the steady progress that has been made in Armenia's reform agenda;
  • recalls that the EU has already planned to provide, under the Single Support Framework 2017-2020, a bilateral financial support totalling around €160 million, focusing on areas such as economic development and innovation, improving the rule of law and the business environment, electoral assistance, connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change;
  • calls on closer cooperation to improve energy security and efficiency;
  • reckons that the EU assistance should reflect the growingly ambitious goals of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, provided that Armenia meets the required conditions as far as the reforms jointly agreed with the EU are concerned, in line with the principles of differentiation and "more for more";
  • stresses that the EU financial support will be strictly conditional on concrete reforms steps and their effective implementation, notably in terms of upholding the rule of law, ensuring good governance, and defending human rights as well as the plurality and freedom of media;
  • encourages Armenia's active participation in the COSME and Horizon 2020 programmes, in regional programmes funded under the European Neighbourhood Instrument in the fields of environment, energy, transport, culture and youth, in cross-border cooperation actions, and in the initiatives open to all the Eastern Partners such as Erasmus+, Erasmus Mundus, eTwinning Plus, TAIEX, SIGMA, and the Neighbourhood Investment Facility;
  • recommends to the European Commission to allow for a more intensive participation of Armenia in EU-supported programme;
  • welcomes the achievements in strengthening people-to-people contacts;
  • calls on the European Commission to focus on tangible deliverables for the citizens;
  • welcomes the adoption of the law for the prevention of violence in the family, the protection of the victims of violence in the family and the restoration of the harmony in the family, as a major, positive step forward;
  • deplores the continued human losses caused by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; deeply regrets the regular violations of the cease-fire agreement, which repeatedly claim the lives of both military personnel and civilians, whilst hampering the socioeconomic development of the entire region;
  • reiterates its unwavering support to the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and to their 2009 Basic Principles as well as its appreciation of their endeavours to advance towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict;
  • welcomes the joint statement made by the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan on the fringes of the Geneva Summit of 16 October 2017, calls on the authorities of both countries to hold high-level talks in good faith and commit to genuine confidence-building measures and renewed dialogue;
  • welcomes the efforts and the EU's strengthened role in conflict resolution and confidence-building; welcomes its new initiatives aimed at supporting and completing the aforementioned efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, by promoting confidence- and peace-building activities across the conflict divide and bringing the civil societies closer;