YEREVAN. – New comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement signed between Armenia and EU shows that the EU and Eurasian Union are not enemy structures, but alternatives the content of which may even overlap, member of the European Parliament Frank Engel told Armenian News-NEWS.am.
Armenia and the European Union have signed the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement last week following the Eastern Partnership summit.
Asked whether the new deal is a crucial change in EU-Armenia relations, Engel said it proves the will of both sides to engage in a structural and strategic partnership together.
“It also underscores the European outlook of Armenia, which must not become entangled in a purely Russian web of sectoral alliances. The very existence agreement also shows that EU and Eurasian Union are not enemy structures, but alternatives the content of which may even overlap,” MEP said.
Engel described the Eastern Partnership program as a partnership between the EU and its members and six Eastern European states which belong to the same continent and civilization.
“However, I don't think the EU should contemplate further enlargements at the present time. That is not exclusion for the future, but a focus on setting the agenda straight for the present. Only an EU drastically more capable of action, also on external matters, will eventually be able to accommodate new members,” he added.