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EEC Board extended the possibility of issuing paper PTS until November 1, 2020

EEC Board extended the possibility of issuing paper PTS until November 1, 2020

10/14/2019

On October 14, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Board considered some issues in the spheres of industrial cooperation, common market of services, customs and technical regulation, transport and infrastructure, macroeconomics, functioning of the internal market and digitalization of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) economies.

The EEC Board has extended the possibility of issuing paper vehicle passports (PTS) until November 1, 2020. The transitional provisions for issuing paper PTS along with e-passports are extended until November 1, 2020. Previously, it was assumed that the EAEU States would switch to a new system of issuing e-passports since November 1, 2019.

The decision to extend the transitional provisions was taken at the initiative of the Republic of Belarus and supported by the Union Member States. The parties will be allowed to work out any and all nuances related to issuing passports for vehicles belonging to individuals as well as developing interaction between all interested structures, for example, in the banking or insurance sector, all those who work with e-passports.

Electronic PTS will be introduced in the EAEU countries without serious consequences for car owners. A full-fledged transition to electronic vehicle passports will simplify mutual movement of vehicles, their registration procedures for citizens, allow system participants to monitor the equipment life cycle as well as allow state authorities to use reliable single-format databases in all EAEU countries.

The transitional periods for issuing paper passports of self-propelled vehicles and other types of equipment, along with e-passports, have also been extended by the EEC Board’s Decision until November 1, 2021.

The issue of removing obstacles in the Union internal market was considered at the EEC Board’s meeting. The Republic of Kazakhstan informed the Commission’s Board that the requirements for mandatory confirming the conformity of products, which according to the Union law were exempt from mandatory certification, were canceled. This is about steel ropes, pipes for oil and gas pipelines, hoists, lifts with electric motors and special winches.

“National Accreditation Center”, LLP of the Committee for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Republic of Kazakhstan sent an explanation letter to compliance certification authorities not to use the above additional requirements. It was also reported that the authorized authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan were taking measures to exclude excessive requirements inconsistent with the EAEU acts in respect of certain categories of goods from the Republic legislation.

While monitoring the obstacle removal, the Commission also recorded that some temporary restrictions on delivering products manufactured by a number of enterprises of the Republic of Kazakhstan (“J.F.M. Company”, LLP – a manufacturer of finished fish products, “Iceberg PV”, LLP – a manufacturer of meat products and “Zenchenko and K”, SP - a milk producer) to Russia were cancelled since October 11 this year.

Since January 2019, the Union Member States together with the Commission, have removed 13 obstacles, including ten barriers and three exemptions. As of October 14 this year, the Register of obstacles contains 18 barriers, 38 restrictions and 14 exemptions.

The EEC Board has adopted a number of recommendations.

In particular, the recommendation on developing cooperation between the EAEU countries in the sphere of shipbuilding and production of ship accessory equipment. The recommendation provides for submitting to the EEC some information on priority types of shipbuilding products and ship accessories for the Union countries as well as on manufacturers of these products and ship repair plants. This will help in the future to form a single list of interested industrial enterprises of the EAEU Member States ready to participate in implementing joint cooperation projects.

The document provides for developing cooperation in three spheres. First, the Board recommends taking into account priority directions for modernizing the Union economies in developing production in the customs territory. Secondly, it is proposed to organize and develop in the Union territory production of product equivalents imported from third countries. Thirdly, the EAEU countries are encouraged to involve manufacturers from other Union countries in the cooperative production chains.

The EEC Board has recommended the Member States to submit proposals to the Eurasian Economic Commission on forming a list of joint projects in the sphere of transport and infrastructure. The list will be considered by a special working group. A set of significant integration projects is planned to be taken into account when considering their financing with the involvement of international financial institutions, including the EDB. Such work is provided for by the action plan (“road map”) for implementing the Main Directions and Stages of the Coordinated Transport Policy of the EAEU States for 2018-2020.

The EEC Board has adopted a recommendation on functioning of the single market for construction services

The EAEU States are recommended to take into account the names given to permits for implementing services in the construction sector issued in different Union countries.

In particular, this entails services in the sphere of engineering surveys, architectural and construction design, construction, reconstruction, overhaul of capital facilities, rendered in the EAEU single market of services. The recommendation provides for subsectors of services and their corresponding names given in permits of the Union States.

The EEC Board has also recommended the countries to carry out systematic work on harmonizing qualification requirements to applicants, permit holders and construction services rendered.

The EEC Board has classified a scraper-planner in commodity heading 8430 of the CN of EAEU in order to ensure uniform application of the Single Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activity of the Eurasian Economic Union (CN of the EAEU FEA).

The planner-scraper is a non-self-propelled earth-moving plant, which is a hybrid of the planner and scraper, designed for subgrading.

The EEC Board has classified a magnesium-containing product in commodity heading 2106 of the CN of the EAEU FEA.

The product is used for established magnesium deficiency, isolated or associated with other deficiency conditions, accompanied by symptoms such as increased irritability, minor sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal spasms, fatigue, pain and muscle spasms and prickling in muscles.