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Easier access to the Union river routes for vessels of the EAEU countries

Easier access to the Union river routes for vessels of the EAEU countries

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10/3/2017

On October 2, the agreement on navigation was approved by the EEC Council. Moreover, the EEC Council members, the vice-premiers agreed a number of draft documents that will be submitted to the heads of states and governments of the EAEU countries for consideration.

The agreement on navigation in the EAEU countries will simplify access of vessels flying the flags of the EAEU states to inland waterways of the Union countries and reduce the administrative costs for businesses on river transportation. An important part of the document is the mutual recognition of ship documents and qualification documents of the ship captain and crew members. The agreement will establish the order and conditions of navigation for transportation and towage purposes on adjacent inland waterways, as well as during transit and bilateral transportation. The EEC Council adopted the proposed draft agreement and submitted it to the governments of the Member States for the internal procedures necessary for signing the document.

The EEC Council agreed the procedure for the processing of initiatives in the framework of the implementation of the digital agenda of the EAEU. The basis of the document is a process model (associated operation model), covering all the stages of work: from the application for the development of an initiative to the decision of launching the project. It is envisaged to form a group of experts (the so-called Initiative Management Office), who are supposed to improve the quality of application analysis and evaluation. Moreover, a unified register of initiatives, as well as an interface for interacting with the authors of projects, monitoring the process of initiatives consideration, and conducting research based on them will be created on the basis of the Commission's portal.
Preliminary process simulation will allow effectively managing the life cycle of initiatives, shortening their evaluation and adoption of the final decision. The speed of reaction to current changes in project work will increase, financial costs will decrease, and the quality of cooperation between state and business will improve.
The draft document will be submitted to the heads of governments of the EAEU Member States at a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

The EEC Council approved a number of draft decisions of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, which will be held on October 11, 2017. It will address a number of issues in the field of trade and transport policy of the Union. One of the key topics on the agenda will be the discussion of the Main directions for the implementation of the digital agenda of the EAEU until 2025. Moreover, the main directions of the Union's international activities for 2018 will be presented. The presidents will be informed of the progress of ratification of the Customs Code of the EAEU, which is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2018.​

Another issue on the agenda is the cooperation of the EAEU Member States in the provision of space and geoinformation services based on their national data sources for Earth remote sensing.​