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The outcomes of the EEC Board session: in the EAEU an electronic vehicle certificate system will be introduced, playgrounds for children will be safer, in the metallurgical industry the Eurasian Innovation Center will appear

The outcomes of the EEC Board session: in the EAEU an electronic vehicle certificate system will be introduced, playgrounds for children will be safer, in the metallurgical industry the Eurasian Innovation Center will appear

5/17/2017

Issues related to the introduction in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) of the electronic vehicle certificate system, the development of regulations governing common markets of medicines and medical products, reducing import customs duties rate for tannins and tanning preparations were discussed at the session of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) on May 17. In addition, the technical regulation “On safety of equipment for children’s playgrounds” was adopted, and some earlier decisions of the Commission were amended.

The Vice Prime Minister of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Oleg Pankratov, noted that the questions included in the agenda of the EEC Council session were diverse. “However, their solution is essential for the further progressive development of integration processes in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. During the session, we have managed to reach consensus on most issues,” Oleg Pankratov stated following the session. 

The EEC Council has adopted the EAEU technical regulation “On safety of equipment for children’s playgrounds”. It establishes requirements for safety of equipment and coverings for children’s playgrounds and associated processes of design, manufacture, installation, operation, storage, transportation and disposal. In particular, equipment construction should ensure its durability and stability, be protected against corrosion and ageing, taking into account the application severity level. The child’s body or garments must not get stuck in the equipment, it must not have any sharp ends or edges. For more details, please, see: https://goo.gl/LN2oRP​ 


The adopted document defines the children’s playgrounds as “specially equipped territories that are intended for children’s games and include appropriate equipment and coverage” and applies to children’s slides, swings, seesaws, merry-go-rounds, rope-ways, children’s villages, playground equipment, equipment and elements of jungle gyms and play structures, shock-absorbing coverings.

In accordance with the decision of the EEC Council, the technical regulation for equipment for children’s playgrounds will enter into force in November 2018.

In addition, amendments are made to the Single List of Goods Subject to Veterinary Control (Supervision). Having studied practical application of the EAEU legal acts in the field of veterinary control, the EEC found that leguminous vegetables were not included in the single list, and feed additives were declared when imported under names other than the names of FEACN codes of the EAEU.

Inclusion of the goods in the list will allow conducting veterinary control over them in order to preserve the epizootic welfare in the Union Member States. Leguminous vegetables and feed additives are used in feeding cattle, which is an integral part of the process of growing animals. Conducting veterinary control at this stage, as well as in the production and processing of animal products will reduce veterinary risks and implement the farm to fork traceability principle for agricultural products.

Following the discussion at the session, the EEC Council adopted a decision on inclusion of leguminous vegetables and fodder additives into the Single List of Goods Subject to Veterinary Control (Supervision).

On May 6, in the EAEU countries the common market of medicines and medical products started its operation. The EEC Board members noted the importance of establishing a regulatory framework for the efficient functioning of market institutions, absence of barriers, obstacles and restrictions on movement of goods, consumer safety and product quality. The EEC Board was entrusted, jointly with the authorized authorities of the EAEU Member States, to develop and adopt in 2017-2019 25 documents, 20 of which are related to the circulation of medicines, and 5 - to the circulation of medical products. These include Requirements for Stability Study of Medicines and Pharmaceutical Substances; Rules for the Study of Impurities in Medicines and Establishing Requirements for them in Specifications; Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP); Rules for Granting Permits for Clinical Trials; Medicine Dose Ranging Guide, etc. 

The regulations will be developed by representatives of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia (8, 5, and 12 documents, respectively). After approval of the drafts by the working parties, they will be posted for public discussion on the EAEU legal portal (https://goo.gl/QIDhCF​).

The EEC Council reiterated the need for introduction in the EAEU countries of electronic vehicle certificate system and invited the governments of the Union countries to adopt a set of regulations necessary to ensure an early start of the trial operation of the system and to enable the use of electronic infrastructure by all stakeholders. 

In particular, the national authorities must be defined to ensure cooperation with the administrator of e-certificate system, establishment and maintenance of the national part of the single registry of authorized authorities of the EAEU countries and manufacturers of vehicles, self-propelled machines and other types of machines that issue vehicle certificates. Other regulations in this area will establish the ability to perform registration actions in relation to vehicles in the case of availability of an e-certificate; amount of and procedure for payment for services provided by public authorities and the administrator of e-certificate system when issuing an e-certificate and making changes to it. 

In addition, due to requests from the national governments of the Union countries, the EEC Council requested the Commission Board to consider at the next session the terms of transition to an electronic vehicle certificate system, the duration of the transitional period, the ability to simultaneously use documentary (paper) and paperless documents and a number of other issues related to the effective operation of the system.

The EEC Council adopted a decision providing for zeroing rates of import customs duties of the EAEU common customs tariff in respect of tannins and tanning preparations. It is referred to the goods of subheading No. 3202 90 000 0 of the EAEU Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activity (EAEU CNFEA) used in the leather and foot-wear industry as finishing materials. 

“Zero rate of import duties will apply to tannins and tanning preparations through June 30, 2019,” the Member of the Board - Minister in charge of Trade of the EEC, Veronika Nikishina, said. “Since the EAEU countries are currently lacking industrial production of tannins and tanning preparations under this subheading, the decision we made will help to support manufacturers of leather, leather products and footwear in the EAEU. In particular, its implementation will reduce the cost of the final product and its production costs, as well as to increase the competitiveness of the manufacturers of these products.”

In 2016, the amount of the imports of goods from far-abroad countries and the CIS countries into the EAEU territory in subheading No. 3202 90 000 0 of EAEU CNFEA increased compared to the same period in 2015 by 32% in quantitative terms and amounted to 2.5 thousand tonnes worth 3.85 mln. US dollars.

The decision of the Commission Council will enter into force 30 calendar days following the date of its official publication.

The EEC Board amended Disposition of the Commission Council No. 32 dated October 18, 2016, complementing it with the information on the goals, objectives, main activities, and data on the founders of the Eurasian Innovation Technology Platform (ETP) “Technologies in Metallurgy and Advanced Materials”

This is already the twelfth technology platform created within the EAEU. It brings together scientific and scientific & production organizations of four Member States of the Union. Its activities are aimed at creation of modern industry of innovative steel products and new generation of materials based on development, and introduction in mass production of energy-efficient and resource-saving technologies.

Prospective projects that can be implemented on the basis of technology platform will help to manufacture products and goods with the properties that may not be achieved using current technologies (smart materials, bimetals, materials in metastable state, products manufactured based on surface engineering). Please, see more details at: https://goo.gl/9uv9tW​