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The 11th EU-Armenia Subcommittee Meeting on Justice, Freedom and Security was held remotely today and coordinated by acting First Deputy Minister of Justice Kristinne Grigoryan.

Before moving to discussion on the issues on the agenda, in her opening remarks, Deputy Minister Grigoryan touched upon the condemnable actions of the Azerbaijani military formations having invaded the sovereign territory of Armenia that led to the death of one serviceman and the abduction of six servicemen.

Grigoryan emphasized that, within the scope of the Armenia-EU cooperation, Armenia stays true to its commitment to the development of democratic institutions, human rights protection and strengthening of rule of law. The deputy minister stated that, in spite of the challenges of the past year, the Armenian government actively continues to implement the judicial-legal and anti-corruption reforms and reforms in human rights protection earmarked for the year 2019. She also emphasized the full entry into force of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement as a stimulus for cooperation and the opportunities for further deepening of cooperation conditioned by the Agreement.

EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin highly appreciated the level of cooperation between the EU and Armenia and highly appreciated the role that the Ministry of Justice plays in advancing the justice reforms agenda.

Deputy Prosecutor General of Armenia Srbuhi Galyan stated that the fight against corruption entered a qualitatively new stage in Armenia in 2019-2020 and particularly touched upon the creation of a structural subdivision that will deal with civil forfeiture of illegal assets.

The participants of the Meeting also touched upon the activities of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and the Personal Data Protection Agency, as well as police reforms, the fight against human trafficking and cybercrimes, implementation of visa facilitation and readmission agreements, etc.

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