Country analysis

Armenia 2015-16

TOP CHALLENGES FOR 2018:

  • Civil society, all political stakeholders, and the EU should prioritise efforts to ensure the bona fide implementation of the approved constitutional changes (move to parliamentary system of executive power) in 2018, to ensure that the changes are accompanied by effective checks and balances, and a strengthening of democratic governance and accountability;
  • Structured engagement of civil society, in particular the National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, in co-operation agenda setting, assessment of the progress of democratic reforms, and in building public awareness about EU-Armenia relations – not least the implementation, and monitoring of implementation, of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA), signed between Armenia and the EU at the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017;
  • Civil society should develop a communications strategy tailored to evaluate and improve EU-Armenia relations, and conduct a simulation of practical outcomes of EU-financed programmes in Armenia, in order to prepare recommendations to minimise investment in initiatives that will not result in worthwhile outcomes and thus damage public trust towards EU-Armenia relations.

 

 

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