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EEC to start implementing the “second package” of measures in connection with spreading COVID-19

EEC to start implementing the “second package” of measures in connection with spreading COVID-19


Following the meeting of the EEC Board held on March 31, a decision was made to introduce a “second package” of measures aimed at establishing a temporary ban on the export of certain types of food products from the Eurasian Economic Union countries. They include onions, garlic, turnips, rye, rice, buckwheat, millet, cereals, wholemeal flour and cereal grain granules, hulled buckwheat, prepared buckwheat foods, crushed and uncrushed soybeans, and sunflower seeds. Their export is prohibited until June 30. The decision of the EEC Board will enter into force after 10 days have elapsed from the date of its publication on the Eurasian Economic Commission’s website. The introduction of the ban will ensure that the population has a sufficient amount of these goods amidst aggravating sanitary and epidemiological situation.

So far, the EEC has already taken a number of measures aimed at ensuring a prompt response to spreading COVID-19 coronavirus infection. The decisions being taken help stabilize the economic situation in the EAEU and are important for the population of the Union countries.

On March 16, for instance, the meeting of the EEC Council adopted Decision No. 21 “On Amending Certain Decisions of the Customs Union Commission and on Approving the List of Goods Imported into the Customs Territory of the Eurasian Economic Union to Ensure that Measures to Prevent and Avert Spreading 2019-nCoV Coronavirus Infection are Implemented by the Eurasian Economic Union Member States.” It provides for exemption from import customs duties on goods imported to prevent and avert spreading coronavirus infection across the EAEU. The decision applies primarily to personal protective equipment, disinfectants, diagnostic reagents, certain types of medical equipment and materials. Import with exemption from paying import duty is carried out upon confirmation of their intended use by national authorized healthcare authorities. This refers to medical goods imported into the Union since March 16 this year. The exemption from paying import customs duties is effective until September 30.

On March 24, the EEC Board adopted Decision No. 41 “On Amending Decision No. 30 of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Board dated April 21, 2015 “On Non-Tariff Regulation Measures.” A temporary ban has been introduced on exporting personal protective equipment, protective agents and disinfectants, products for medical use and materials from the EAEU. These goods include cotton wool, gauze fabric, bandages, masks, half-masks, face respirators, respirators, filters for personal respiratory protective equipment, protective glasses, disinfectants, protective overshoes, certain types of clothing and related accessories, and gloves.

At its extraordinary meeting held on March 25, the EEC Council adopted Disposition No. 11 “On the Implementation of Measures to Avert Spreading COVID-19 Coronavirus Infection” on joint and coordinated actions of the EAEU countries in a wide range of issues during the implementation of such measures.

In particular, the sides agreed to exchange information and hold timely consultations on the actions being taken and the national regulatory legal acts being adopted in order to respond to spreading coronavirus infection, coordinate the activities of national authorized healthcare authorities on an ongoing basis and ensure the sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population.

The governments of the Union States were instructed to work out mutual assistance matters, including humanitarian aid and targeted commercial deliveries to each other in the event of a shortage of goods. Officials with the authority to make appropriate decisions will be assigned for urgent matters of supplying essential goods.

Decisions related to the measures that ensure response to spreading coronavirus infection (in customs and tariff, non-tariff and customs regulation, transport, sanitary, veterinary and sanitary, phytosanitary quarantine control, technical regulation, and labor migration) will be discussed outside of normal schedule and will enter into force within 10 days from the date of their publication on the EEC website. Moreover, an arrangement was reached on the specific measures to be taken to accelerate the adoption and signing of important documents of the Commission and their entry into force.

There is an ongoing work on supplementing the lists of goods to be imported into the Union on a duty-free basis. Those may include essential goods, food, and raw materials and components critical for individual industries. This additional list is scheduled for discussion at the meeting of the EEC Council on April 3.

Furthermore, the governments of the EAEU States and the Eurasian Economic Commission continue working on new joint measures to prevent and avert spreading coronavirus infection, and encourage economic development amid the pandemic.​