Poland chairs the European Union today and pays great attention to the implementation of the Eastern Partnership Initiative. This is proved by the fact that almost immediately after assuming the EU presidency, Poland’s President Bronislav Komorowsky visited the capitals of the countries involved in the Eastern Partnership Program.
Poland attaches great importance to the implementation of comprehensive reforms in the process of European integration. According to Polish Ambassador to Armenia Zdislav Rachinski, there have been great changes in Armenia ever since 1990s, but the enthusiasm of those years has been lost.
The Eastern Partnership Initiative can promote the implementation of necessary reforms, the Ambassador says. The Eastern Partnership is not a Marshal Plan or someone’s geopolitical idea, not even some kind of union. It is a proposal, a way in which the European Union supports the countries, which are willing to implement reforms.”
Zdislav Rachinski underlined that the participation of member states in the process is very important, and there can be no question of competition here. Whether the country will receive comprehensive support form the European Union, depends on the level of activeness of the given country.
The diplomat does not rule out that the participant countries might get an opportunity to join the European Union in the future. The perspectives of the program will become clear at the Eastern Partnership summit to be held in Poland later this month.
Speaking about the ongoing negotiations on the Armenia-EU Association Agreement, the Ambassador said “discussions on most of the chapters of the document have already been completed. The talks on most complex issues have not started yet.”
Touching upon the settlement of the Karabakh issue, Zdislav Rachinski said the OSCE Minsk Group format will not change, but the EU will play a more active role in the process.