ArmInfo. With the assistance of the European Union, a new checkpoint will be built in Meghri. On May 3, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan statedfrom the rostrum of the RA National Assembly.
According to him, the total amount of the investment program is $28 million. The implementation of the project will fundamentally solve the problems of congestion at the checkpoint and eliminate the existing administrative obstacles. "I cannot now say with certainty whether there is already a winner of the tender for construction work, but you can be sure that the program will be successfully implemented," the prime minister said.
It should be reminded that on January 27 of the current year, a contract was signed between the State Revenue Committee of the Republic of Armenia and the Iranian Tana Energy Management Company for the modernization of the Meghri checkpoint. According to the press service of the State Revenue Committee, the total amount of the project is 18.495 million euros. <Tana Energy Management Company> was recognized as the winner of the tender announced on December 23, 2021 for the construction work on the modernization and reconstruction of the Meghri checkpoint of the Southern Customs Department of the State Revenue Committee. Construction work will be completed in 2026, resulting in another modern checkpoint in the south of Armenia.
Earlier, ArmInfo reported that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Union will provide Armenia with 21.1 million euros for the modernization of the Meghri checkpoint on the border with Iran. Of this amount, the EBRD will provide the republic with a loan of 10.6 million euros on the terms of Libor + 1%, which is 1.7% in the semi-annual context.
Most of the funding will be provided through grant funds provided by the EU under the European Neighborhood program - 10.6 million euros and 700 thousand euros. The agreement was signed on February 7, 2020. As a result of the implementation of the program, the checkpoint will be expanded from the current 6.6 ha to 8.8 ha. Throughput will increase from 300 vehicles per day to 900.