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Reforming customs

1 December 2011

Armenian customs reforms are key preconditions for the development of economic and business sectors, as well as for the start of negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement (DCFTA). During a conference held on 12 October, progress and future actions in this field were discussed. The EU Delegation to Armenia, the EU Advisory Group and the Interagency Commission for the Coordination of Cooperation between Armenia and EU Institutions participated in the conference.
The different sides stated that the simplification of customs procedures based on EU standards and proper policy design would have a positive influence on the Armenian economy and promote foreign investment in Armenia.
The recently established Customs Working Group plays an important role in the resolution of customs issues. It is expected to ensure the integration and comprehensiveness of reform programmes and their seamless delivery, as well as provide advice on customs activities. The 2011-2013 Tax and Customs Reforms programme, designed with advice by EU experts, spans over 118 projects.
However, the greatest potential for progress in customs services is seen within the implementation of programmes which modernise border crossing points and border security.

Reforming customs

Armenian customs reforms are key preconditions for the development of economic and business sectors, as well as for the start of negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement (DCFTA). During a conference held on 12 October, progress and future actions in this field were discussed. The EU Delegation to Armenia, the EU Advisory Group and the Interagency Commission for the Coordination of Cooperation between Armenia and EU Institutions participated in the conference. The different sides stated that the simplification of customs procedures based on EU standards and proper policy design would have a positive influence on the Armenian economy and promote foreign investment in Armenia. The recently established Customs Working Group plays an important role in the resolution of customs issues. It is expected to ensure the integration and comprehensiveness of reform programmes and their seamless delivery, as well as provide advice on customs activities. The 2011-2013 Tax and Customs Reforms programme, designed with advice by EU experts, spans over 118 projects. However, the greatest potential for progress in customs services is seen within the implementation of programmes which modernise border crossing points and border security.