Boosting EU relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan
MEPs are to rubber stamp a new EU-Armenia partnership agreement and to place conditions for deepening EU-Azerbaijan relations on respect for EU values and norms on Wednesday.
Signed in November 2017, a new EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement marks a deeper political dialogue between the EU and Armenia, broadens the scope of economic cooperation and provides new opportunities for closer ties on energy, transport, infrastructure, environment, trade, education and other sectors. However, this agreement is not the end point in terms of EU-Armenia cooperation, but a tool to promote domestic reforms and their implementation, say MEPs.
In a separate resolution to be put to the vote on the same day, MEPs provide recommendations on the negotiations on the EU-Azerbaijan comprehensive agreement, urging for specific provisions to be put in place to support Azerbaijan in combating corruption, money laundering and tax evasion. MEPs also stress that they will not ratify any deal with a country that does not respect fundamental values and rights.
Procedure: Consent (Armenia), Own-initiative resolutions
2017/2269(INI), 2017/2056 (INI)
Debates: Tuesday, 3 July
Votes: Wednesday, 4 July