Concerning the recent presidential elections in Armenia on 18 February 2013, the Steering Committee regrets that the Armenian authorities failed to seize the opportunity to consolidate public support, which would have been essential to politically underpin the challenging reforms awaiting the country once it signs the Association Agreement with the EU. According to post-elections reports produced by members of the Armenian National Platform, which conducted an election observation mission, the election “cannot be considered as fair both in terms of accuracy of procedures and perceptions of Armenian citizens vis-a-vis the official results” and therefore failed to provide the leadership of the country with a sufficient level of legitimacy. According to their assessment there was “direct and indirect evidence that ballot papers were added” in order to boost the result of the incumbent President.
The CSF underlines that “free and fair elections are the bedrock of a functioning democracy” and it will therefore mount its own monitoring efforts during forthcoming elections in Azerbaijan and Georgia, as the example of Armenia has shown, that monitoring is essential if fraud is to be limited.
The full statement of the EaP CSF Steering Committee is available here.
A comprehensive report on the presidential elections and the municipal elections in Yerevan on 5 May is currently being prepared by the Armenian National Platform and will be published soon.
JOINT COMMUNICATION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL,
THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
A Roadmap to the autumn 2013 Summit
Cooperation between the EU and its Eastern European partners – the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – is a crucial part of the Union’s external relations. The closer partner countries move towards the EU the greater the opportunity for increasing political, economic and cultural links both with the Union and among the countries themselves.
The purpose of this Communication is to present an Eastern Partnership Roadmap as agreed at the Eastern Partnership Summit held in Warsaw on 29-30 September 20111. The Roadmap is intended to guide work in view of the next Summit due to take place in autumn 2013.2 It covers both the bilateral and multilateral dimensions of the Eastern Partnership, and is guided by the principles of joint ownership, differentiation and conditionality.
The whole text is here.