YEREVAN. – The main direction of the foreign policy agenda in 2017 was the expansion of cooperation with the EU, Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an annual report, summing up 2017.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan paid an official visit to Brussels from February 27 to 28. Serzh Sargsyan met with European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission Chair Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
A delegation headed by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan participated in the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels on November 24, 2017. Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini signed Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement.
During the year, Armenia and the EU adopted the priorities of Partnership document, which substituted the Armenia-EU Action Plan implemented by 2015 within European Neighborhood Policy.
According to the report, 2017 achievements were Armenia-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement, talks over the Culture component of the Creative Europe program and Protocol on High-Level Understanding on the Expansion of the Trans-European Transport Network to the Armenia.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian took part in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Visegrad Four and Eastern Partnership member states, held in Warsaw on April 12, 2017. The delegation headed by Edward Nalbandian took part in the 17th session of the Armenia-EU Cooperation Council on May 23.
Edward Nalbandian participated in Eastern Partnership foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on 19 June. On July 10, in Chisinau, Edward Nalbandian participated in the informal meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Eastern Partnership countries. On September 8, in Tallinn, Edward Nalbandian made a speech at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union and the member states of the Eastern Partnership.
Director General Christian Danielsson arrived in Yerevan on November 3. The EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn arrived on October 4 and the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the European Union visited Yerevan on October 4-5. The EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, Ambassador Herbert Salber visited Armenia twice in 2017. Newly appointed EU representative, Toivo Claar first visited Armenia on December 1.
From December 17 to 20 the 17th meeting of the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee was held in Yerevan. Armenian-EU relations, regional security and cooperation as well as Karabakh conflict were discussed during the visit. Following the discussion, a joint final declaration and a recommendation document were adopted.