ARTUR BAGDASARYAN: OPENING OF THE EU CENTER IN YEREVAN WILL GIVE MORE NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO ARMENIA

ARMINFO
Thursday, January 31, 16:04

"The opening of this center is a result of the joint hard work for the
last 3-4 years", - Secretary of Armenia's National Security Council,
chairman of the inter-department commission for coordination of
Armenia-EU partnership, Artur Bagdasaryan, said at today's opening
ceremony of the EU Center in Yerevan.

"The opening of the Center is very much important, as it will let to
get more detailed information about the activity of the EU. Moreover,
thanks to the document signed in Brussels, from now on, all the
programmes of the EU have become available for Armenia and the latter
can take part in them.

According to my calculations, this will allow Armenia, besides the 80
programme which are being implemented at present, to involve at least
another 70. That is to say, this will allow Armenia to cooperate with
the EU in more than 150 directions", - Bagdasaryan said.

"I want to welcome the EU's policy more or more and I want to stress
that Armenia has already used that opportunity. Today our relations
with the EU are wonderful and the opening of the center will give new
opportunities. There are many programs that are not available to the
state and public sector and the center will give an opportunity to
get acquainted with the programs and get involved,"- he said.

For his part, Armenia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan,
added that the center is one more instrument which will allow Armenia
to make the policy between Armenia and the EU more available. "We are
pleased with the dynamics of development of relations with European
Union. We are going to start a new stage on the Association Agreement.

And our goals regarding the summit in Vilnus remain valid. We have been
purposefully working in this direction", - Mnatsakanyan said and added
that the center is a good instrument which will help to understand
how the EU works in this or that sphere and what we have to wait for.




From: A. Papazian