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Customs twinning project halfway through

3 June 2013
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On 21 May 2013 a “visibility” mid-year event was organised to highlight the initial results of the one-year “Support to the State Revenue Committee for strengthening of customs control procedures and enforcement in the Republic of Armenia” EU Twinning Project.
The beneficiary of the project is the Armenian State Revenue Committee (SRC). The objective of the project is to support the SRC in order to strengthen the Armenian customs services through the development of modern customs control procedures and enforcement, guided by EU Member State best practices.
Traian Hristea, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, and Gagik Khachatryan, the SRC Chairman, were among the speakers at the event.
Hristea noted that, so far, 23 EU customs experts missions and three study visits of Armenian customs officers to Lithuania had been carried out: ‘The biggest task of the project is the approximation of Armenian customs legislation with that of the EU. A lot of work is still needed in Armenia. Notably, there is an urgent need to actively revise the current Customs Code and align it with EU standards’.

Vida Mickiene, the Resident Twinning Adviser, added that important achievements had already been noted: ‘The most important achievement of the project for the moment is the comparative analysis of EU customs legislation with Armenian customs legislation. The most important conclusion will ultimately be that the new Customs Code in Armenia will be compatible with the European Union Customs Code, and should be drafted and implemented’.

The project will support Armenian customs services during EU-Armenia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement negotiations. It will also provide opportunities to share best practices, experience and knowledge from EU member state twinning partners, based on EU Strategic Blueprints for Customs.

The budget of the project is €1 million and is implemented by a Lithuanian-Finnish consortium of two European customs administrations: the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania and the National Board of Customs of the Republic of Finland. The project will end on 12 June 2014.

Twinning is a cooperation tool between a public institution in a beneficiary country and the equivalent institution in an EU Member State. Twinning is aimed at upgrading and modernising an institution in a beneficiary country through training, re-organisation and approximation of legislation with EU standards.

Customs twinning project halfway through

On 21 May 2013 a “visibility” mid-year event was organised to highlight the initial results of the one-year “Support to the State Revenue Committee for strengthening of customs control procedures and enforcement in the Republic of Armenia” EU Twinning Project. The beneficiary of the project is the Armenian State Revenue Committee (SRC). The objective of the project is to support the SRC in order to strengthen the Armenian customs services through the development of modern customs control procedures and enforcement, guided by EU Member State best practices. Traian Hristea, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, and Gagik Khachatryan, the SRC Chairman, were among the speakers at the event. Hristea noted that, so far, 23 EU customs experts missions and three study visits of Armenian customs officers to Lithuania had been carried out: 'The biggest task of the project is the approximation of Armenian customs legislation with that of the EU. A lot of work is still needed in Armenia. Notably, there is an urgent need to actively revise the current Customs Code and align it with EU standards'. Vida Mickiene, the Resident Twinning Adviser, added that important achievements had already been noted: 'The most important achievement of the project for the moment is the comparative analysis of EU customs legislation with Armenian customs legislation. The most important conclusion will ultimately be that the new Customs Code in Armenia will be compatible with the European Union Customs Code, and should be drafted and implemented'. The project will support Armenian customs services during EU-Armenia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement negotiations. It will also provide opportunities to share best practices, experience and knowledge from EU member state twinning partners, based on EU Strategic Blueprints for Customs. The budget of the project is €1 million and is implemented by a Lithuanian-Finnish consortium of two European customs administrations: the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania and the National Board of Customs of the Republic of Finland. The project will end on 12 June 2014. Twinning is a cooperation tool between a public institution in a beneficiary country and the equivalent institution in an EU Member State. Twinning is aimed at upgrading and modernising an institution in a beneficiary country through training, re-organisation and approximation of legislation with EU standards.