YEREVAN, February 26. / ARKA /. Armenia and the European Union will cooperate in six priority areas under the European Neighborhood Policy’s plan of actions for 2014-2015, secretary of the National Security Council, Arthur Baghdasaryan, said today.
Speaking at a news conference he said the plan of actions, approved yesterday, includes 160 major events in six areas - politics, infrastructure, trade, health and social and humanitarian issues.
He said Armenia with the help from EU will continue also reforms in the customs, fiscal and penal areas.
He recalled that in 2013 December the EU allocated €30 million to Armenia to fight against corruption and reform its public services, along with another €41 million for strengthening public sector, institutional capacity development and enforcement of a number of reforms.
Baghdasaryan said the EU intends to release 15 billion euros to 16 countries, including Armenia, in 2014-2020. According to him, Armenia will continue to develop cooperation with the EU as far as it does not contradict the process of its accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Last September 3 Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a joint statement with his Russian counterpart, confirming Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union and its readiness to participate in the formation of the Russian sponsored Eurasian Union. Together with other Eastern Partnership states, it was due to sign Association as well as Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (AA/DCFTA) with the EU last November in Vilnius.
President Sargsyan explained the decision to join the Customs Union by pointing at Armenia’s membership in CSTO and saying that “it was a rational decision based on Armenia’s national interests.” He further added that "this decision does not preclude our dialogue with the European structures. -0-