European Union Advisory Group to the Republic of Armenia

What we do


During the EUAG Advisory Board meeting

Armenia and the European Union (EU), within the European Neighborhood Policy, are seeking an increasingly close partnership. This implies not only economic cooperation but also the deepening of political ties and, ultimately, Armenia’s participation in the European Union’s policies and programmes. 

On this path, Armenia has launched large-scale reforms in governance, human rights, rule of law and other fields.

The Eastern Partnership initiative is another platform for taking Armenia’s relationship with the European Union to a new qualitative level.

Funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP, the EUAG has been providing policy advice related to:

  • Reforms in the field of justice, liberty, and security;
  • Human rights and democratic institutions and promoting fundamental freedoms;
  • Economic integration of Armenia into the European Union’s internal market.

Some results so far

With EUAG advice and support, a Diplomatic School was established at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 2010. During 2010 - 2011, the EUAG assisted the Ministry to further develop the curriculum of the school and recruit distinguished international experts as lecturers.

The EUAG supported the conclusion of negotiations towards a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the European Union and Armenia. The DCFTA would have formed an integral part of the Association Agreement, bringing Armenia economically and politically closer to the EU; however Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union, implied, among other, that DCFTA cannot be finalized.

With support of the EUAG, the government adopted the Food Safety Strategy and Action Plan in the Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary field, and the Strategy on Intellectual Property Rights.

Fostering mobility and people-to-people contacts has been another important element of cooperation. The EUAG assisted in the preparation of the 2012-2016 National Action Plan on Migration and signing of the Joint Declaration on the EU-Armenia Mobility Partnership and the Visa Facilitation and Re-admission agreement which entered into force on 01 January 2014. The agreement foresees a new simplified scheme for visa procedures for Armenian citizens. It also stipulates mechanisms for the identification and safe and orderly return of illegal residents from EU Member States’ territories or Armenia.

Initial steps on establishing a Probation Service were taken by the Government with assistance of the EUAG. The EUAG contributed to the elaboration and better codification of private international law and potential introduction of corporate criminal liability in Armenia.

The EUAG support led to an observer member status for three Armenian parties in the European People’s Party. The EUAG facilitated a greater involvement of the National Assembly in the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly of the Eastern Partnership. A first meeting of the EURONEST Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Culture and Civil Society outside the European Parliament premises was organised in Yerevan in 2012.

Furthermore, the EUAG contributed towards capacity building of the staff of the National Assembly. A particular focus was placed on enhancing the Assembly’s oversight function with regard to the Government and promoting cooperation with civil society and the public at large.

With the support and advice of the EUAG, the National Strategy on Human Rights Protection and the Human Rights Action Plan were adopted by the Government in 2012 and 2014 respectively.   

Finally, the EUAG implemented a diverse range of capacity building activities in the field of law enforcement, in-line with EU best practices. The EUAG significantly contributed to the development of skills of national law enforcement professionals in the areas of crime analysis, financial investigation, cybercrime, human trafficking, implementation of witness protection and so forth. 

Who Finances it?



2010

Donor Name

Amount Contributed Per Year

European Union

EUAG III  - $143,510

2011

European Union

 EUAG III  - $1,879,538

2012

 European Union

 EUAG III  - $1,982,504

2013

European Union

 EUAG III  - $2,084,456

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Dec 2013

 $ 1,551,122

Dec 2012

 $ 1,982,533

Dec 2011

 $ 1,963,500

Dec 2010

 $ 34,365

Overview
Status:
Active
Project start date:
16 October 2010
Estimated end date:
30 November 2014
Geographic coverage:
Armenia
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
MDG
MDG 8 - Develop a global partnership for development
Project Manager:
Goran Pucar
Partners:
President’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, National Security Council, National Assembly, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, State Revenue Committee, Intellectual Property Agency, State Migration Service, State Service for Food Safety, Police, and the Human Rights Defender’s Office.
Project Related Documents
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
Donors
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