The fifth round of talks on the new Armenia-EU framework agreement took place in Yerevan on Tuesday (25 Ocotber).
The Armenian delegations was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Garen Nazarian, whilst the European Union delegation was led by the Director for Russia, Eastern Patnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE at the European External Action Service, Mr Luc Devigne
The meeting was attended by the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, as well as officials of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and other agencies concerned.
Issues related to different sections of the draft agreement were discussed during the talks.
An expanded format plenary session took place at the meeting, during which the sides summed up the results of a number of areas and identified the scope of the next stage discussions.
The negotiating teams plan to hold the next meeting in Brussels in December.
The European Commission received authorisation from the Council in October 2015 to start negotiations over a new overarching agreement with Armenia. This new agreement is seen as a replacement to the current legal basis between the parties, which is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) dating back to 1999. Plans to sign an Association Agreement were abruptly aborted by Armenia in September 2013.
photo: The European Union delegation participating in the fifth round of negotiations on a new framework agreement between Armenia and the EU (picture courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia)
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