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The EEC will introduce a system of interstate electronic document workflow

The EEC will introduce a system of interstate electronic document workflow

5/30/2017

The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) set tax duty rates for some products, amended the veterinary requirements for reproductive materials, approved the draft Programme of cooperation between the EEC and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), adopted the model of information security threats to create a certification center of the Commission and to begin the implementation of the system of interstate electronic document workflow with the mutual recognition of electronic signature.

On May 30, at the regular session of the EEC Board, the programme of cooperation with UNESCAP was approved. Cooperation will be conducted in 10 areas, including macroeconomic policy, trade, investment and business support, transport, energy, statistics, information technology, labor migration. Cooperation in these areas will contribute to the sustainable development of the countries of the Eurasian region in the conditions of financial instability, volatility in prices and exchange rates of international currencies, ensure effective utilization of transit and logistics capacity, facilitate customs transit in rail and road transportation.

The decision of the members of the EEC Board established import customs duty rates of the Common Customs Tariff of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) for some products (certain kinds of fruit juice concentrates, motor vehicles, wrist watches, as well as refrigerators and freezers, hairdressing chairs and parts thereof, 11 tariff lines in total). Thus, the commitments of the Russian Federation in the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) were implemented.

The combined format of duty rates will be in effect until December 31, 2017. Whereby, the size of the ad valorem component of import duty rates correspond to the final bound duty rate within the framework of the WTO.

The EEC Board decision will take effect on September 1, 2017.

Common veterinary (veterinary and sanitary) requirements were amended. In the text a chapter was added that defines the terms of importing to the EAEU territory and moving between the Member States of genetic material. In addition, the requirements were defined, and the corresponding veterinary certificate form was specified. The decision will contribute to the revival of breeding and reproductive work, including in service dog training, and streamline the work of veterinary clinics.

The members of the EEC Board discussed issues related to development of the system of interstate electronic document workflow. In particular, they approved the model of information security threats that allows identifying key risks for the common information system of the EAEU and creating the EEC certification center. 

The decision made is another step towards completion of the preparation for the launch of a trial operation of a pilot project to provide Interstate electronic document workflow of the authorized bodies of the Member States and the Commission using the services of a trusted third party that provide a mechanism for mutual recognition of electronic digital signature. The first tests of the system of interstate electronic document workflow have been conducted and has already shown positive results. 

"Implementation of the pilot project in G2G document workflow is an important step in the organization of legally significant transboundary document workflow,” the Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Information Support, Information&Communication Technologies, Karine Minasyan, said. “At the next stage we are planning to implement procedures for electronic communication of business with governmental agencies.”