Armenia halfway to Customs Union accession: Prime Minister

Armenia halfway to Customs Union accession: Prime Minister

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenia implemented almost half of the activities envisaged by the Customs Union accession roadmap, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said, according to ITAR-TASS.

"To fully implement the 260-step roadmap, 20 working groups, presenting weekly reports on the activities accomplished, have been formed," he said.

The official further pointed out the situation with customs duties among the most crucial issues.

"On Feb 21, Yerevan hosted a meeting with a group for Armenia's accession to the CU and Unified Economic Space (UES) led by the minister of Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Tatiana Valovaya. The meeting focused on roadmap-related issues, work accomplished and problems to be solved," the official said.

"A monitoring was held for Armenia's progress in implementation of the roadmap-stipulated steps with positive results reported," the Prime Minister said.

Earlier, deputy economy minister Tigran Harutyunyan stated that on Mar 10, Yerevan will host a working meeting with the EEC non-tariff regulation experts to focus on the CU roadmap implementation.

Earlier, Russian ambassador Ivan Volynkin noted that the procedure of Armenia's accession to the Customs Union is moving fast, due to the country’s experts, well-skilled in the legal details of the process.

During a Sept 3 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Armenian leader Serzh Sargsyan said Armenia is ready to join Customs Union, with further plans to be involved in formation of the Eurasian Economic Union. Mr. Putin supported the initiative, vowing procedural assistance to Armenia.

A draft resolution on Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union and unified economic zone was approved at the Minsk-hosted Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting Dec 24.

On Jan 23, Armenian government has approved the list of measures for joining the Customs Union.

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