Posted on 26.07.2011 in Armenia, News

13.07.2011: €19.1 million for reforms in Armenia from EU

The European Commission decided to adopt the first part of the Annual Action Programme 2011 for Armenia, which allocates 19.1 million EUR for implementing institutional reforms in the country.

Štefan Füle © European Union, 2011
Štefan Füle © European Union, 2011

The Annual Action Programme 2011 is aimed at strengthening technical and administrative capacity of key institutions responsible for the implementation of future Armenia-EU cooperation on trade, visa liberalisation, socio-economic reforms and improved quality of governance, in line with the recently-released European Neighbourhood Communication. Part I of the Annual Action Programme 2011 focuses on the Eastern Partnership Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) programme, a key point in preparations for the Association Agreement and negotiations of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.
Armenian government has already identified institutions that require reform, so the EU funding will be allocated to supporting Institutional Reform Plans in order to help Armenia deal with its main challenges: advancing reforms in justice, liberty and security and preparing for the negotiations.

The Programme works within the EU priority areas of cooperation with Armenia, stipulated in the National Indicative Programme (NIP) 2011-2013. Main areas covered by the NIP are democratic structures and good governance; trade and investment, regulatory alignment and reform; and socio-economic reform and sustainable development.

Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, used the occasion to mention changes in expectations of governance reforms across the European Neighbourhood brought by the ‘Arab Spring’ and added: “Today’s adoption of the Annual Action Programme shows that the EU remains strongly committed to empowering societies in the neighbourhood partner countries to take ownership of these reforms, which are very much needed for the well-being of their people.

Source: European Commission