YEREVAN, March 12. / ARKA /. Armenian government officials and representatives of the European Union’s Delegation to Armenia met today to discuss assistance instruments offered by the 27-nation bloc with the focus on Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA programs as well as on cross-border cooperation and the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).
According to Armenian deputy economy minister Garegin Melkonyan, the two sides plan to step up cooperation in private sector development, agriculture and justice which are expected to become priorities in the future.
The deputy minister declined to say what is the amount of assistance Armenia expects from the EU.
"It is difficult to give monetary estimates, since, for example TAIEX instrument does not have a separate budget item for Armenia and allocates funds from the common budget and the amount is decided depending on the country’s activity," said Melkonyan .
Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, also declined to speak in terms of money saying that the sides should concentrate on those areas where cooperation is possible.
He said the meeting would discuss procedural issues related to Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union.
"We already have an agreement on cooperation and partnership between the EU and Armenia and we will try to implement the arrangements reached at Vilnius summit, related in particular to the action plan. Technical assistance which we are discussing is an integral part of this process, and we will continue talks with Armenian partners on specific areas of cooperation and our possible assistance," said Hristea. -0-