17 Jul 2024 Georgy Arzumanyan: "Special machine building industry is one of the priority directions for the development of cooperation of the Union countries" Georgy Arzumanyan, Deputy Director of the Industrial Policy Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission, took part in a round table organized by the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy to discuss the issues of technological sovereignty of the Russian Federation in the implementation of infrastructure projects in the special equipment market. In the course of discussions, the participants considered topical issues of the special equipment market, state regulation of the industry, existing support measures and their effectiveness, as well as developed proposals for the development of special equipment production and its localization in Russia. According to Georgy Arzumanyan, special machine building has a significant cooperation and export potential and has been identified as one of the priority economic activities for the development of industrial and scientific-technical cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Union countries.    "Implementing the import substitution strategy by each EAEU State when taken separately is less efficient, since the limited capacity of the countries' internal markets prevents achieving the effect of scale and competing with global leaders in certain types of products on equal footing. As for special machine building, it is one of the priority areas for the development of industrial cooperation of the Union countries," emphasized the representative of the EEC industrial block.    In this regard, Georgy Arzumanyan proposed to include in the draft recommendation of the round table as a topic for consideration by the Government of the Russian Federation the issue of creating conditions for the involvement of manufacturers of the EAEU countries in cooperation chains of production of specialized machine building products, including information about the application of the mechanism of financing industrial cooperation to increase the share of goods produced in the EAEU countries in the Union market.
16 Jul 2024 Gohar Barseghyan participated in the ceremony of awarding MGIMO graduate diplomas Minister in charge of Industry and Agroindustrial Complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission Gohar Barseghyan took part in the ceremony of awarding diplomas to graduates of the Master's Degree program of the Eurasian Training Institute of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Having congratulated the graduates on the completion of their studies, the EEC Minister emphasized: "The unique nature of the educational programs of the Eurasian Training Institute is to promote cooperation and development of relations within integration associations. In my opinion, you are a good support group for integration in the Eurasian space. Each and every one of you will certainly be in demand." Recall that the systemic interaction between EEC and MGIMO began in 2022. In December 2023, a new training and educational project of the Eurasian Economic Union was launched at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, the EEC and MGIMO signed a cooperation program for 2024-2025.  The university is actively involved in devising new approaches to the development of the Eurasian agenda. The Consortium of Higher Education Institutions in the field of Eurasian integration was established on its basis. Specialized educational programs and projects have been developed and are being implemented today.  Alexander Grushko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Tamara Shashikhina, Director of the Eurasian Training Institute, attended the graduation ceremony.
16 Jul 2024 EAEU’s contribution to achieving the SDGs discussed at the UN headquarters The Eurasian Economic Commission organized a side-event named "Regional Partnership in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Experience of the EAEU and Other Regional Initiatives in Eurasia" within the framework of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on July 15 in New York. "The role of regional integration groupings in achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is now greater than ever. As Eurasian integration interaction develops, the EAEU's contribution to this global initiative is becoming more and more significant," said Sergey Glazyev, Minister in charge for Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC, who delivered the keynote speech. He emphasized the EAEU countries' focusing on working together to achieve the SDGs, which is also reflected in the Declaration "Eurasian Economic Way", signed by the heads of state of the Union in December 2023. The EEC Minister noted that the advanced level of integration cooperation in the EAEU opens additional opportunities for Member States to implement the UN 2030 Agenda, and gave concrete examples of how integration measures and mechanisms are interlinked with the implementation by EAEU countries of SDG 1 "Zero Poverty", SDG 2 "Zero Hunger", SDG 3 "Good Health and Well Being" and SDG 17 "Partnership for the Sustainable Development". For example, regarding the implementation of SDG 2, a high level of food self-sufficiency in the EAEU - 93%, as well as a serious volume of export supplies of mineral fertilizers for growing wheat and vegetables to the world market by the countries of the Union was emphasised. SDG 17 outlines the expanding geography of the EAEU's international contacts with third countries and regional associations. The panellists noted the importance of collective efforts by state authorities and regional groupings to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. "Eurasian economic integration is an effective and flexible mechanism to counter the escalation of global problems: degradation of the world economy, poverty, climate change and scarcity of resources, including food, water and energy. Its further harmonious development, modernization of economies and ensuring macroeconomic stability could solve the problem of inequality, promote social integration and improve living standards," said Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus Yuri Ambrazevich. Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, called regional economic integration one of the most important tools that helps a wide range of countries diversify their trade ties, reduce trade barriers, benefit from expanding consumer markets and strengthen industrial cooperation. According to Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN, the EAEU has become an important integration mechanism in a relatively short period of time, which provides Member States with a platform for cooperation on economic initiatives consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. The contribution of the regions to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda was outlined by UN Under-Secretary-General Rabab Fatima  "Today, with only 17% of SDG targets being satisfied, knowledge sharing and increased interconnectivity between regional alliances can help regions gain the most effective tools to achieve the SDGs. I hope that the EAEU will continue to make its significant contribution to this important task," said Rabab Fatima. Kairat Sarybay, Secretary General of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Sohail Khan, Deputy Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), representatives of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), and the PRC shared their wide economic experience. A broadcast of the event is available on UN Web TV's digital platform. The high-level political forum on sustainable development under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) kicked off on July 8, 2024. It focuses on making recommendations to accelerate the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda at global, regional and national levels. The Side Event was organized with the assistance of the Permanent Missions of Belarus and Russia to the UN. In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution “Transforming Our World. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". The Sustainable Development Agenda includes 17 goals and 169 targets that are comprehensive and balance the three pillars of sustainable development – ​​economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. In 2017, the EEC prepared and presented the report "Achieving the UN SDGs in the EAEU region" to the ECOSOC forum. On September 18, 2023, Alexey Overchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, presented a joint statement of the EAEU states on the impact of Eurasian economic integration on the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
15 Jul 2024 Sergei Glazyev: "Support for regional trade and economic cooperation is one of the priorities of the Eurasian development agenda until 2025" Sergei Glazyev, Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission, took part in the plenary session of the 11th Russian-Kyrgyz Interregional Conference in Krasnoyarsk. The event is annually attended by heads of regions, entrepreneurs, representatives of development and business support institutions of the Eurasian Economic Union countries. This year's conference was held under the leadership of Akylbek Japarov, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers – Head of the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Alexei Overchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. Sergei Glazyev noted that "developing interregional trade and economic cooperation is one of the important directions of the Strategy-2025. For its implementation, the Commission has held more than a dozen face-to-face events in various regions of the EAEU countries, webinars for representatives of the business community and regional authorities, and a special portal has been launched on the EEC website". As part of the conference, the Commission organized a panel session "Interregional Cooperation in the EAEU Space" moderated by Sergei Glazyev and Kanybek Azhekbarov, Deputy Director of the EEC Macroeconomic Policy Department. The session presented an overview of measures and activities implemented by the Commission to intensify interregional interaction in the Union; and put forward proposals to improve the efficiency of interregional cooperation in finance, investment, foreign economic activities, transport and logistics. Dmitry Volvach, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia, who took part in the EEC session, informed on the portal for interregional cooperation in the EAEU. According to him, the resource formed by the Commission enables any economic entity to publish information on goods and services, potential and existing investment projects, business events, regional preferences (exemptions) for investors, as well as on the Union's opportunities for business development, promotion of cooperation and trade and economic cooperation between regions on a free-of-charge basis. The need to develop transport communication between the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the regions of Kyrgyzstan, including the establishment of direct flights between Krasnoyarsk and Tamchi (Issyk-Kul), which will help, in particular, to unlock the tourism potential of these regions, was noted. The EEC delegation also participated in the business session "Cooperation opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses of the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic", during which it answered the questions of interest to the business community. The 11th Russian-Kyrgyz Interregional Conference was organized by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic.    
EEC restores fair competition in the market for medicines 15 Jul 2024 EEC restores fair competition in the market for medicines The Eurasian Economic Commission has considered the application of the Russian company Pharmstandard-Leksredstva OJSC on unfair competition. According to the applicant's information, ESCO-PHARM LLC (Republic of Armenia) sold perfume and cosmetic products (oral hygiene products) with the names "Ingalipt Vialine", "Cameton Vialine", "Furacilin Vialine", which are similar to the trade names of well-known drugs for the treatment of diseases of the ENT organs ("Ingalipt", "Cameton", "Furacilin"). This similarity may mislead consumers as to whether these products have therapeutic properties. Having considered the application, the Commission issued a warning to ESCO-FARM LLC. In due time, the company stopped production and sale of the said perfume and cosmetic products (PCP). In view of the fulfillment of all the requirements of the warning within the prescribed period of time, the Commission terminated examination of the application. "During the review of the application, it was found that the product cards on the marketplaces stated that these perfume and cosmetic products could be used to treat rhinitis, tonsillitis, sore throat and other diseases of the ENT organs. However, the technical regulation of the Customs Union "On the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics" does not apply to goods used for diagnosis and treatment of diseases," said Deputy Director of the EEC's Antitrust Regulation Department Olga Korolkova In order to protect customers and eliminate the consequences of the actions of ESCO-FARM LLC, the Commission appealed to representatives of popular Russian marketplaces - Wildberries, Ozon and Yandex Market. The sites promptly blocked the relevant product cards and obliged the supplier to remove information about the therapeutic properties of the products. This is how the companies helped the EEC to restore fair competition in the Union drug market.      
15 Jul 2024 EEC presented a new mechanism to support industrial cooperation at the Caucasus Investment Forum A new mechanism supporting industrial cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union was presented by Nikolay Kushnarev, Director of the Industrial Policy Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission, at the round table "Competitive Advantages of the Caucasus for the Development of International Cooperation with Eurasian Partners" at the Caucasus Investment Forum in Grozny. "This support measure is an important milestone in the development of Eurasian economic cooperation and, in fact, reflects a turning point in the transition from indirect measures of business support to the provision of financial assistance," Nikolai Kushnarev emphasized. According to him, the unique nature of the presented mechanism is that it can be used for the implementation of industrial cooperation projects simultaneously with national and regional support measures, and also provides for various formats of cooperation organization. Nikolay Kushnarev noted the readiness of the Commission to work more closely with entrepreneurs and banks on the formation and implementation of pilot projects within the above mechanism. Representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, the Government of the Republic of Dagestan, the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan, the Joint Stock Company "Caucasus. RF" and other participants of the event confirmed their interest in continuing cooperation with the EEC under the new mechanism.
15 Jul 2024 EEC discussed the procedure for filling in the e-declarations A meeting of the Working Group on improving the procedure for customs operations in respect of express cargo and international mail chaired by Grigor Oganyan, Deputy Director of the Department for Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice of the Eurasian Economic Commission, was held on July 15. The participants of the meeting discussed issues related to the indication of information on an individual - recipient of goods, information on the name of the trading floor. Also discussed was the need to establish transitional provisions in respect of such information in order for businesses to adapt to the new rules. "Discussion continued on the Commission's draft decision on the procedure and form for completing the declaration of e-commerce goods. The document has a high degree of preparation. We just have to discuss individual targeted issues," Grigor Oganyan noted. Representatives of government agencies and businesses, including postal operators and express carriers, took part in the meeting of the Working Group. A Protocol on amendments to the Union's Customs Code with regard to foreign e-commerce regulation was signed at the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on December 25, 2023. The Working Group on improving the procedure for customs operations with respect to express cargo and international mail is established under the Advisory Committee on Customs Regulation and has been functioning since 2018.
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