168 Zham: Measures Armenia should take to lift visas with EU
To liberalize its visa regime with Europe, Armenia needs first of all to clarify the framework of its obligations, Boris Navasarydan, the coordinator of the Armenian National Platform of the EU Eastern Partnership program, said in recent comments to the paper.
“I think the list of our obligations will be finalized after the Armenia-EU visa liberalization dialogue is officially launched. It is an important stage before the transition to visa liberalization. Neither Armenia nor the European Union were earlier prepared for it. My general belief is that the EU is step by step heading in that direction with the Eastern Partnership countries,” he said, noting that the process was earlier finalized with Moldova and Georgia.
“I don’t think the time has matured for initiating this dialogue with Armenia,” Navasardyan added.
It comes after Ambassador Piotr Switalski, the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, said at a recent public forum in Yerevan that the issue is not something to be resolved in just a couple of days or months. He called upon the Armenian authorities to consider the Georgian and Ukrainian precedents to prepare the necessary legislative frameworks.
Navasardyan, who is also the president of the Yerevan Press Club, said he believes that the message concerns first of all the obligation to prevent domestic violence and adopt an anti-discrimination legislation. “After initiating the process, we will need at least one year to embark on the liberalization of visas. Yet, it may last even longer in case we delay the implementation of duties,” he added.