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by Arthur Yernjakyan
Armenia has started the Customs Union joining procedure. At its today's session the government of Armenia adopted a decision to carry out works for joining the Customs Union.
As Deputy Economy Minister Karine Minasyan told journalists after the session, the decision of the government supposes setting up of seven working groups.
The first group for the legal issues will discuss general points of the agreement on joining the CU. The second group will discuss the problems of the tariff regulation. The third group - the problems of the non-tariff regulation, that is to say, technical barriers which must be removed. The forth group will discuss technical settlement including quality problems. Minasyan said that at present 32 technical rules have been functioning in the Customs Union, and more than 32 - in Armenia. The fifth group will discuss the customs and tax problems, the sixth - the problems of the Customs Union's infrastructures, and the seventh group - the anti-damping and anti-monopoly problems.
Minasyan could not answer when Armenia will end all the necessary talks and become a fully-fledged member of the Customs Union. "Everything depends on us", - she said and added that Armenia can join the CU and at the same time develop the European integration.
To recall, on 3 September 2013, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said over the meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin about Armenia's intention to join the Customs Union.