December 16, 2015 - 17:55 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan met Wednesday, December 16, with EU member states' ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions, as well as the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Ambassador Piotr Switalski.
During the meeting, Abrahamyan noted that the Armenian authorities attach great importance to the continuous development of bilateral ties with the European Union. According to the Prime Minister, cooperation with the EU is first and foremost based on a common system of values, with Armenia committed to strengthen relations in both multilateral and bilateral formats.
2015 was a year of intensive cooperation with the Union, Abrahamyan said, the official launch of talks on a new agreement on December 7 proving this fact.
Also, Abrahamayan expressed hope that the parties will reach a consensus on a new framework agreement by the end of next year.
On behalf of the ambassadors and himself, Switalski said that 2015 was a busy year in terms of development of Armenia-EU relations. According to him, negotiations started in a constructive and friendly atmosphere, with agreements reached in several sectors.
The parties then discussed a number of question concerning the EU-Armenia cooperation, further negotiations on the issue, reforms in Armenia, improvement of business environment and economic development, as well as the adoption of a new Electoral Code.
Abrahamyan noted that the development of a new Electoral Code is set to be completed during the first half of 2016.