Arman Yeghoyan, the spokesperson for the Armenian Prime Minister, has informed Radio Liberty that Armenia expects big financial assistance from the EU, and currently a program is being developed.
The head of Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation NGO Stepan Grigoryan says the EU is developing a “Marshall’s plan” for Armenia. “Armenia wants to intensify cooperation with the European Union but does not put forth the issue of joining a free trade area… As far as I understand, our government will come up with a program worth 1 billion euro,” Grigoryan said.
Is this acceptable for the EU and has this amount been agreed during Nikol Pashinyan’s visit to Brussels? Another analyst Stepan Safaryan says the EU may move towards Armenia if Yerevan expresses commitment to geopolitical adjustments.
Armenia is trying to get investments and assistance from the United States but it has become known that the issue of Amulsar is primary.
The U.S. Ambassador in Armenia Richard Mills says it is early to consider major investments in Armenia. In an interview with Radio Liberty the ambassador said potential investors are still following the fight on corruption.
Potential American investors wish to see how the government treats issues that affect both American and local organizations, whether they get fair treatment when their taxes are examined. They are also following the issues relating to Lydian and how the government deals with sensitive and disputable issues, the American ambassador said.
The Mission Director of USAID in Armenia Deborah Grieser has told Radio Liberty that discussions on increasing assistance to Armenia are already in place. She refrained from comment, informing that some government leaders are in Washington having discussions on this and she thinks that the announcement will be made in Washington.