The European Union plans to invest in Armenian educiation and innovation sectors once the new enhanced partnership agreement is signed. This was stated by the EU Commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, Johannes Hahn during a visit to Yerevan on Monday ( 2 October). Hahn said that skill development will be key to Armenia's future development.
Speaking at a press briefing in Yerevan together with Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, Commissioner Hahn said that it was in the European Union's interest to have "a strong, stable and prosperous Armenia in the South Caucasus contributing to the further stabilisation of our neighbourhood".
Hahn said that Armenia and the EU will "soon" sign a new comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement. "This ground-breaking new agreement will help demonstarte that it is possible for Armenia to be part of Eurasian integration processes whilst also establishing enhanced and comprehensive relations with the Union". Hahn said this will be the first agreement of its kind between the EU and an Eastern region country. "We are interested to see how this new agreement will materialise", he added.
In Yerevan, Hahn met with President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Karapetyan and Foreign Minister Nalbandian.
photo: EU Commissioner Johanes Hahn and his delegation on Monday 1 October met in Yerevan with the President of Armeni, Serzh Sargsyan (picture courtesy of the press service of the President of Armenia)
"Armenia will focus on the expansion of economic cooperation in the BSEC region, and will promote the agenda through existing mechanisms in the upcoming six months", Foreign Minister Nalbandian told the organisation's Ministerial Council at its meeting in Kiev.