Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the EU has consistently worked to strengthen its ties with Armenia through various bilateral, regional and multilateral policies, such as the European Neighbourhood Policy, Black Sea Synergy and the Eastern Partnership. The recent launch of negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with this small but strategically important country in the South Caucasus signals a new phase in EU-Armenian economic cooperation that aims to complement the deepening political association. Both parties are approaching successful completion of an Association Agreement and are negotiating visa-facilitation and readmission agreements. The EU also supports Armenian institutions through the Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) programme and continues to provide valuable recommendations on key reforms through the EU Advisory Group.
Taking place after Armenia’s parliamentary elections, this high-level event envisages an open discussion about the effectiveness of the EU’s policies and its choice of instruments in strengthening Armenia’s democratic transition.
Participation in this meeting is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served before the event, from 12.30 onwards.