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Armenia on the Horizon of Europe

Successes and Shortcomings of Democratization Efforts by European Organizations in a Post-Soviet State


Anahit Babayan

This book provides a critical review of the achievements and challenges of European organizations promoting democracy in the Republic of Armenia. Armenia is a post-transition country and yet not a consolidated democracy. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe, and the European Union with its Neighbourhood Policy have been actively engaged in the country’s democratization process. A central question is to what extent reforms and recommendations have been accepted in Armenia, and whether they convey real implementations. By analyzing the organizations’ activities and recommendations, this book explains how projects overlap, whether they reveal an interlocking or interblocking nature, and when they cause unintended side effects.
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5. EU – Armenia Relations in the Context of ENP and EaP


5.1 Chapter Overview

As we have seen in the previous chapters, the launch of the European integration process has already started by joining the OSCE and the CoE. However, the European cooperation of Armenia further developed with the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). This chapter aims at analyzing the interest of the EU in the region and how far the EU policies are implemented in Armenia from an Armenian perspective. By observing Armenia’s level of dependency on EU in economic and security dimensions, the chapter identifies the feasible achievements and explains the reasons behind the existing probable lack of EU influence, and the possible options to strengthen this gap.

5.2 EU Armenia Relations in a Historical Perspective

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