On November 24, 2017 the European Union and Armenia signed an agreement aimed at significantly deepening their relations at a ceremony in Brussels on Friday held on the sidelines of the Eastern Partnership Summit.
Signatures to the document entitled the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) were put by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of European Council President Donald Tusk and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian.
With new agreement, among other things, Armenia will take obligations to approximate its legislation to the EU acts and international instruments. In the field of water quality and resources management, this approximation will include 5 Directives: Water Framework Directive, Floods Directive, Urban Wastewater Directive, Drinking Water Directive and Nitrates Directive.
- Support to further reforms of water policies, establishment of an adequate governance framework, and development of institutional capacities in support of policy implementation
- Support the transition from pilot basin to country scale timely implementation of EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) principles for integrated water resources management and River Basin Management Plan harmonisation in transboundary basins
- Strengthening of the monitoring of the water bodies status and upgrade needed infrastructure and quality management
- Institutional capacity building to insure sustainable results
- Result 1: legal and regulatory framework improved in line with the WFD, Integrated Water Resources Management and Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
- Result 2: River Basins Management Plans designed and implemented in line with the WFD principles.
- Result 3: Lessons learnt are regularly collected, shared and communicated to stakeholders