Armenia and the European Union are increasing their political and economic co-operation. A new Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, replacing the 1996 Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, marked the beginning of the EU-Armenia Visa Dialogue, which should eventually result in mutual visa-free travel. Although a formal start date of the Visa Dialogue has not yet been announced, it is timely to organize an information exchange with representatives of those Eastern Partnership countries that have already successfully concluded such Dialogue in the past in order to learn from their respective experiences.
As follow-up to an introductory workshop in June 2018 on Visa Dialogue with the EU, ICMPD in Armenia once again invited a Moldovan delegation for further work on the preparation of a Visa Liberalisation Action Plan. The Moldovan experts, led by Mr Mihail Beregoi, State Secretary of Internal Affairs started off their mission with a meeting on 22 January with the deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, as well as the Deputy Head of Police and the Head of the Migration Service.
In a practical workshop on 23 January they shared their experience and lessons learnt regarding all relevant aspects and phases of the Visa Dialogue with representatives of the same government agencies They described in detail the processes of initiating, negotiating, implementing, monitoring and concluding Visa Dialogue as well as Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). The structure and inter-linkages of a national action plan to implement a possible VLAP were also presented and discussed. The workshop contributed to better understanding of the links between institutions and inter-agency cooperation and raising awareness about VLAP process.
The experts also conducted practical exercises providing instructions and explanations on drafting migration management and police chapters of the Action Plan, as well as discussed VLAP benchmarks and identified the relevant responsible institutions.