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EU and Armenian experts sum up results of efforts to improve the Armenian market surveillance system

10 December 2013
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The closing conference of the “Harmonisation with International/EU standards and institution building of the State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance” twinning project was held on 7 November. This EU-funded project had been launched in May 2012 to strengthen the capacity of the Armenian State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance.
The results of the project were summarised by Deputy Ministers of Economy Garegin Melkonyan and Tigran Harutyunyan, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, the Deputy Head of Mission, Amias Moores, the Lithuanian Ambassador, Erikas Petrikas, the project leader, David Baker, and the Head of Armenian State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance, Levon Khalikyan.
The results achieved during the 18-month project were deemed successful by conference participants. Ambassador Hristea stated that the EU and Armenia had sought greater cooperation on improving the safety of Armenian consumers through the development of a modern national quality infrastructure: ‘The objective of the project has not merely been access to markets, but first and foremost to ensure the safety of products placed on the Armenian markets through market surveillance: a high priority for the State Inspectorate, the Ministry of Economy and the whole Armenian government’.
Khalikyan stated that the twinning project had helped to bring Armenian market surveillance in compliance with international standards, particularly with regard to a number of important procedures and best practice areas.
The main components of the project included a review of the legislative framework of market surveillance, training for State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance inspectors, raising awareness on consumer protection. The latter was achieved through a series of meetings, training courses and conferences, mostly centred on the communities of Yerevan, Gyumri, Dilijan and Tsaghkadzor.
The EU-funded project had a budget of €1,000,000 and was implemented by Northern Ireland Cooperation Overseas, in partnership with the Lithuanian State Non-food Products Inspectorate and the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania.
As a result of activities implemented during the project, instructions were developed to improve and modernise Armenian market surveillance systems to support legitimate business and protect citizens from unsafe products and unfair trading.

EU and Armenian experts sum up results of efforts to improve the Armenian market surveillance system

The closing conference of the “Harmonisation with International/EU standards and institution building of the State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance” twinning project was held on 7 November. This EU-funded project had been launched in May 2012 to strengthen the capacity of the Armenian State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance. The results of the project were summarised by Deputy Ministers of Economy Garegin Melkonyan and Tigran Harutyunyan, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, the Deputy Head of Mission, Amias Moores, the Lithuanian Ambassador, Erikas Petrikas, the project leader, David Baker, and the Head of Armenian State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance, Levon Khalikyan. The results achieved during the 18-month project were deemed successful by conference participants. Ambassador Hristea stated that the EU and Armenia had sought greater cooperation on improving the safety of Armenian consumers through the development of a modern national quality infrastructure: ‘The objective of the project has not merely been access to markets, but first and foremost to ensure the safety of products placed on the Armenian markets through market surveillance: a high priority for the State Inspectorate, the Ministry of Economy and the whole Armenian government’. Khalikyan stated that the twinning project had helped to bring Armenian market surveillance in compliance with international standards, particularly with regard to a number of important procedures and best practice areas. The main components of the project included a review of the legislative framework of market surveillance, training for State Inspectorate of Market Surveillance inspectors, raising awareness on consumer protection. The latter was achieved through a series of meetings, training courses and conferences, mostly centred on the communities of Yerevan, Gyumri, Dilijan and Tsaghkadzor. The EU-funded project had a budget of €1,000,000 and was implemented by Northern Ireland Cooperation Overseas, in partnership with the Lithuanian State Non-food Products Inspectorate and the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania. As a result of activities implemented during the project, instructions were developed to improve and modernise Armenian market surveillance systems to support legitimate business and protect citizens from unsafe products and unfair trading.