YEREVAN — President Serzh Sargsyan on November 22 met with two representatives from the European Union (EU).
He first met with Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation Carlos Moedas who had arrived to Armenia to participate at the 8th unofficial Ministerial dialogue of the Eastern Partnership titled Research, Science, and Innovation.
Sargsyan welcomed the guest said that the areas of education and science have always been special for the Armenian people.
Sargsyan referred also to the Armenia-EU relations and noted that negotiations between Armenia and EU on the new framework agreement are going on dynamically, in the atmosphere of partnership. With regard to the deepening of the Armenia-EU relations, the President stressed as an important achievement Armenia’s becoming this year an associated member of the Horizon 2020 program. The parties highlighted the significance of the mentioned program which is call to unite all human efforts and enhance integration processes in the European research realm.
Moedas noted with satisfaction that the Ministerial meeting in Yerevan earlier that day laid foundations for future. He underscored that was impressed with the researchers he met and was sure that the Horizon 2020 program will open new opportunities for the Armenian higher education establishments, will help in transferring knowledge from the theoretical in the practical field, will boost the development of the small and medium innovative enterprises.
At the meeting, the parties spoke also about the Armenian-Portuguese relations. Moedas spoke with the greatest esteem about the celebrated Armenian-Portuguese entrepreneur and benefactor Galust Gulbenkian, who, in his words, made a great contribution to the development of science, education, and culture in Portugal.