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EEC Minister Viktor Nazarenko: "Creating environment for barrier-free trade is an important condition for developing cooperation between the EAEU and China in the sphere of technical regulation"

EEC Minister Viktor Nazarenko: "Creating environment for barrier-free trade is an important condition for developing cooperation between the EAEU and China in the sphere of technical regulation"

10/22/2019

"Major efforts should be made in the sphere of technical regulation within the framework of implementing the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and the People's Republic of China, first of all on simplifying access of the sides’ products to the market", - stated Viktor Nazarenko, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), during a working meeting with Tian Shihong, Vice Minister of State Administration for Market Regulation, held on October 21 in Shanghai (China) as part of the session of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s General Assembly. 

 

The EEC Minister expressed his confidence that no one but the Eurasian Economic Commission would become the structure that would be able to organize deepening of this cooperation. "It is very important that the EAEU countries develop common principles and approaches in the sphere of technical regulation when establishing trade and economic relations with the PRC involving the EEC", - Viktor Nazarenko stressed. - The Commission should become the coordinator of such activities".

 

Discussing the forms and directions of implementing the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the EAEU and the PRC, which would come into force on October 25 this year, Viktor Nazarenko focused the attention of Tian Shihong on determining competent authorities and other structures that would consider issues of technical regulation. The implementation of provisions for overcoming technical barriers to trade within the Agreement, based on relevant WTO principles, provides for identifying contact points in all Union countries, the EEC and China, which will coordinate these issues.

 

During the working meeting, the EEC Minister and the Vice Minister of State Administration of the PRC also exchanged opinions on a number of other issues of mutual interest in the spheres of standardization, conformity assessment and market access, including from third countries. At the same time, the sides confirmed the importance of mutual support of positions involving in the work of international organizations in relevant spheres. The EEC representatives noted well-organized meetings and events of the IEC General Assembly, held these days in Shanghai, which was attended by more than four thousand specialists from more than 50 countries of the world.

 

When discussing standardization issues, the sides stressed the importance of this direction not only to ensure the safety of products traded on the countries’ markets, but also to improve its quality as well as to create new types of innovative products.

 

Tian Shihong informed the EEC representatives that the "Standardization – 2035" strategy was started to be developed in the PRC. The principle of maximum involvement of business and industry in the work on standardization with the support of the State lies at the root of this strategy. At the same time, the Vice Minister stressed the interest of the Chinese side in relevant proposals submitted by the EAEU and the EEC countries, which could be used in developing the draft strategy, with due regard for the experience of the Eurasian Economic Union States in the sphere of standardization.

 

In turn, the EEC Minister expressed interest in studying the experience of the PRC in applying standards in the sphere of technical regulation and supported this initiative of the Chinese colleagues. 

 

The Chinese representatives also noted that the reform of government agencies in the PRC affected, among other things, some departments that provided control over importation and admission of third country products to the market. At the same time, the admission procedures are largely determined by the specifics of goods. In particular, more stringent market admission requirements are imposed in the PRC on food and electrical products and products for children. In this regard, both sides noted the importance of eliminating duplication of requirements imposed by various government agencies for products, which would simplify procedures for obtaining permits for its admission to the market.

 

Viktor Nazarenko and Tian Shihong confirmed the importance of continuing joint dialogue on all aspects of technical regulation, including with due regard to intensification of interaction between the EAEU countries and the PRC on China’s "One Belt – One Road" international initiative.