President Meets with EU Representatives

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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.

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Sargsyan also received the EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

The two recalled their previous meeting after which, according to Sargsyan, as well as conditioned by that meeting, there was registered a qualitatively new progression in the Armenia-EU partnership: the high-level political dialogue has become more dynamic, certain achievements have been registered.

Sargsyan underlined that Armenia attaches importance to its membership at the European Partnership Program, and in recent years, within the limits of the existing capabilities, has done everything possible for the maturing and development of that format of cooperation. He expressed hope that on the eve of 2017 Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Brussels, the Ministerial discussions on foreign affairs and on education, science, and research issues will have their positive input into the strengthening of the cooperation between the EU and partner states.

At the meeting, Sargsyan and Hahn also exchanged views on the regional problems and challenges as well as the NK peace process.