YEREVAN, October 30. / ARKA /. The Armenian government is determined to fulfil all the commitments it has undertaken under the talks on deep and comprehensive free trade area with the EU, and expects to conclude the talks in 2013, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said today.
"Although formally the talks are to be wrapped up in 2014 we have set for ourselves the task to complete all the rounds of negotiations and fulfill all the commitments in 2013," he said to the Armenian MPs when presenting the draft budget for the next year.
The prime minister described the negotiations on free trade with the EU as ‘fundamental’ in the context of improving the business environment, which is one of the four priorities of the government for the next year.
"The reforms will be implemented in order to ensure food safety. We must implement a monitoring system that will meet European standards and we will have a similar laboratory, a trained staff and advanced methodology," he said.
The prime minister said also next year Armenia will adopt a number of regulations relating to the registration of intellectual property, and will implement also measures to improve judicial practice and customs processes, in particular, by introducing green corridor and addressing customs value issue.
The third round of negotiations on EU-Armenia agreement on a deep and comprehensive free trade area is scheduled for December 3-5 in Brussels.
The second round of talks was held in Yerevan on October 2-4 October. The sides were said to have discussed the legal texts of the agreement in ten different areas - trade in goods, competition, technical barriers to trade, customs issues, sustainable development, intellectual property rights, rules of origin, transparency, protection of trade, sanitary and phyto-sanitary facilities.
The sides were said to have registered progress in all areas. They have also reconciled legal texts in two directions. Upon the completion of this round of negotiations they signed a document that sets out the obligations and agreements of the parties in preparation for the next round.
In the third round the sides will continue talks on all these areas and will discuss also four draft texts covering trade in services, government procurement, and energy.
On February 27 the EU’s Trade Commission decided to launch negotiations on a deep and comprehensive free trade area with Armenia to boost economic growth and investment. The launch of the trade negotiations was conditioned upon Armenia fulfilling a set of “key recommendations”. These were issued in June 2009 and covered necessary reforms in key regulatory areas related to trade, in order to prepare Armenia for the upcoming negotiations.-0-