Armenia able to come close to signing agreement on Customs Union this year

Armenia able to come close to signing agreement on Customs Union this year

YEREVAN, January 20. /ARKA/. Armenia is able to come close to signing the agreement about its accession to the Customs Union and joint economic area as early as in 2014, head of Eurasian Economic Commission board Victor Khristenko said.

Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union is a sovereign choice, Khristenko said adding huge work has been carried out, together with Armenian colleagues, to elaborate CU legal framework.

The roadmap for Armenia’s accession approved in late December contains 300 articles, he said.
 
According to the head of the board, not having a border with CU countries is not a problem.

“When Greece was joining the European Union, it has no border with the EU either. Cyprus has no border with the EU, it is an island. Russia has no border with Kaliningrad region, what it the problem?” Khristenko said.

Khristenko said he sees no serious risks of Armenia’s accession to the CU. Armenian has quite developed customs and phyto-sanitary infrastructures, a system of laboratories. Many of Armenia’s norms are more advanced than those in the Customs Union. Khristenko said he doesn’t rule out some norms may be integrated in national legislation. –0--

15:23 20.01.2014

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