Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with Hovik ABRAHAMYAN, Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia:
- arrival and round table
- extracts from the press point
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 10/01/2013 First transmission: 10/01/2013
This morning, the President of the European Parliament, Martin SCHULZ, met with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia, Hoavik Abrahamyan, who took office in November last year. Armenia makes part of the European Neighborhood Policy. Among others, they discussed the Nagorno-Karabach conflict and the negotiations for the depper comprehensive association agreement between the EU and Armenia.After their meeting, both Presidents offered a press point.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Arrival of EP President Martin SCHULZ and Hovik ABRAHAMYAN, Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia. Shake hands, photo opportunity.
||Signature of the Guests book by Hovik ABRAHAMYAN
||Round table meeting (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Armenia is a mayor partner for the EU. The cooperation between our two parliaments is vital for the future developments. We discussed about the parliamentarian election of spring last year, we discussed the presidential elections ahead, evaluated the conformity of the elections to the European standards last year and we discussed about our observation mission for the presidential election. We discussed the necessity to go ahead and to develop the negotiation for a deeper comprehensive free trade agreement".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Economic progress, economic stability, better life conditions for people, this is our concrete goal; and developing the trade relations between the EU and Armenia it is always the best way to solve other conflicts".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We discussed it. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unsustainable, it's quite clear. Both sides should do efforts towards a solution. Both sides are invited by the EP to avoid any statement which could lead to more tensions and more conflicts".
||SOUNDBITE (Armenian) Hovik ABRAHAMYAN, Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia: "Both sides (EU and Armenia) are keen on concluding the association agreement and the EFTA talks during 2013".
||SOUNDBITE (Armenian) Hovik ABRAHAMYAN, Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia: "We emphasised the positive influence of this process on Armenia's economic development and domestic reforms and in the consolidation of democracy".
||SOUNDBITE (Armenian) Hovik ABRAHAMYAN, Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia: "Armenia adheres to her promise, enabling citizens of the EU to enter the Republic of Armenia, effective form today, without a visa. It's symbolic that this visa-free entry to Armenia for EU citizens enters into force today, it's very symbolic".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "The criteria of the EU concerning the rule of law, transparency, democracy, democratic accountability of executive action; this is in the frame on the ongoing negotiations about the deeper comprehensive free-trade agreement. Without any doubt the co-item of our role as EP to look, is that beside the economical and technical negotiations, these questions of values and democratic standards are a co-element of the negotiations. And this was clearly discussed and agreed between us".