18:39 31.10.2013

Members of the European Parliament view Armenia as a pivotal partner.

"The Armenia-EU relations are developing, and we are following all
processes taking place in your country," Co-Chair of the European
Union-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) Milan Cabrnoch
told a press conference in Yerevan.

Speaking about Armenia's decision to join the Customs Union, Milan
Cabrnoch said: "We respect Armenia's decision and are seeking for
new platforms of cooperation."

MEP said he hopes for the continuation of the process of visa
facilitation, which will make it easier for Armenian citizens to
travel to European countries.

Armenian Co-Chair of the Commission Samvel Farmanyan said, in turn,
that cooperation with the European Union remains one of Armenia's
foreign policy priorities. He voiced confidence that after the Vilnius
summit, which Armenia is going to attend, the parties will determine
the directions of future Armenia-EU cooperation.

As for the visa facilitation, Farmanyan said the issue will be
discussed at the forthcoming session of the National Assembly, after
which the agreement will be ratified by the President.

A document outlining the future directions of Armenia-EU cooperation
will be developed ahead of the Vilnius summit as a result of intensive
negotiations, Deputy Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said.