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Modernised border checkpoints

9 October 2013
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The official ceremony for the EU-supported modernisation of the “Bagratashen” border checkpoint was held on 27 September. The ceremony was attended by the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, representatives of state border control bodies, as well as international and financial organisations.
The EU has provided substantial resources to this initiative. The EUNeighbourhood and Partnership Instrument allocated a grant of €12,000,000, while the EU Eastern Partnership Programme financed an extra €3,000,000.The government had also received a loan of €30,316,000 from the European Investment Bank to upgrade the infrastructure of its bordercheckpoints. In addition, a loan of €10,293,000 was granted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
‘The European Union will continue to assist Armenia tomodernise its border infrastructure and border management network, and toalign them with European standards. I am happy to mark the start of this ambitious programme,’ said Ambassador Hristea.
The beginning of construction was announced at the event andofficials and guests were informed about upcoming activities. State Revenue Committee Chairman Gagik Khachatryan noted that corruption risks at checkpoints would be minimal as human intervention would be reduced.

New checkpoints will be equippedwith the latest security facilities to facilitate border crossing for citizens and goods, and make the process safer. The modernised “Bagratashen” checkpoint is expected to start operation in August 2015.

Modernised border checkpoints

The official ceremony for the EU-supported modernisation of the “Bagratashen” border checkpoint was held on 27 September. The ceremony was attended by the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, representatives of state border control bodies, as well as international and financial organisations. The EU has provided substantial resources to this initiative. The EUNeighbourhood and Partnership Instrument allocated a grant of €12,000,000, while the EU Eastern Partnership Programme financed an extra €3,000,000.The government had also received a loan of €30,316,000 from the European Investment Bank to upgrade the infrastructure of its bordercheckpoints. In addition, a loan of €10,293,000 was granted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. ‘The European Union will continue to assist Armenia tomodernise its border infrastructure and border management network, and toalign them with European standards. I am happy to mark the start of this ambitious programme,’ said Ambassador Hristea. The beginning of construction was announced at the event andofficials and guests were informed about upcoming activities. State Revenue Committee Chairman Gagik Khachatryan noted that corruption risks at checkpoints would be minimal as human intervention would be reduced. New checkpoints will be equippedwith the latest security facilities to facilitate border crossing for citizens and goods, and make the process safer. The modernised “Bagratashen” checkpoint is expected to start operation in August 2015.