06 Jun 2024 EEC and Regional Commonwealth in Communications signed a Memorandum of Interaction A Memorandum of Interaction between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications was signed by Varos Simonyan, EEC Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Information Support, Information & Communication, and Alexey Borodin, Director General of the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications. The ceremony was held on June 5 on the sidelines of the 30th International Digital Forum TIBO 2024 in Minsk within the framework of the thematic session Eurasian Digital Union. The Memorandum provides for assistance in building an information society by creating secure digital infrastructure, establishing and developing a cross-border trust space within the EAEU and CIS, the use of modern information and communication technologies and their innovative development. The parties plan to exchange information and best practices in the field of information and communication technologies, hold consultations, seminars, joint meetings, conferences, round tables and other events, including on the issues of trust and security, prepare joint analytical materials and reports. The document contemplates establishing a working group on interaction as well as elaborating a joint action plan. EEC Minister Varos Simonyan noted that signing of the Memorandum was another step to strengthen the Commission's contacts with international partners that promotes the development of cooperation in the field of communication and information technologies. "Interaction within the framework of the Memorandum will consolidate our efforts aimed at deepening international cooperation in the field of digital technologies and will accelerate their implementation in the Member States of the Union and RCC Member States," noted Varos Simonyan. In turn, Alexey Borodin expressed his hope for successful cooperation and fruitful joint work. "Based on the Memorandum, we will be able to exchange experience on promising trends in digital development and integration into the global information society," he said. The Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC) was established by the communications administrations of the Commonwealth states on December 17, 1991 by the Agreement on coordination of interstate relations in the field of postal and electric communications dated October 9, 1992, approved by the CIS Council of Heads of Government. The main directions of the RCC activities are to establish multilateral mutually beneficial cooperation of the Commonwealth countries in the field of ICT, to carry out concerted actions in establishing a common information space of the CIS, convergence of the regulatory and legal framework, exchange of information resources, comprehensive solution to the information security problem, to ensure successful integration of the CIS Participating states into the global information society.
03 May 2024 Samat Kulmambetov appointed Director of EEC Domestic Markets Operation Department Samat Kulmambetov was born in 1978 in Bishkek. He graduated from the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture (majoring in Global Economy). He began his career in 2001 in the Macroeconomics Department of the Center for Economic and Social Reforms under the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, working in the positions of Category I Specialist and Leading Specialist. From June 2004 to February 2006, he worked as a Leading and then Chief Specialist in the Customs Tariff Policy Department of the Ministry of Economic Development, Industry and Trade of the Kyrgyz Republic. In 2006–2007, he was the Chief Specialist and the Head of the Department of Customs, Tariff and Non-Tariff Regulation of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. From April 2007 to January 2018, he headed the Department of Customs Policy and Non-Tariff Regulation and the Customs Tariff Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Kyrgyz Republic. From January 2018 to May 2021, he was Deputy Head of the Department for Affairs of the Eurasian Economic Union, Deputy Head of the Department for International Cooperation and Integration of the Government Office of the Kyrgyz Republic, Deputy Head of the Department — Head of the Secretariat of the Special Representative of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for Affairs in the Eurasian Economic Union of the Government Office of the Kyrgyz Republic Republic. From May 2021 to March 2023, he held the office of Deputy Head of the Department for Affairs of the Eurasian Economic Union of the Directorate for Preparation of Decisions of the President and the Cabinet of Ministers at the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. From March 2023 to April 2024, he headed of the Sector for Affairs of the Eurasian Economic Union of the Foreign Policy Department at the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. On May 2, 2024, he was appointed Director of the EEC Domestic Markets Operation Department. Awards Badge Excellence in Economics of the Ministry of Economy and Antimonopoly Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic. Badge Distinguished Functionary of State Service of the Kyrgyz Republic. Medal For Contribution to Development of the Eurasian Economic Union. Badge For Merit, 3rd class, of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic. Badge For Contribution to Development of the Eurasian Economic Union.
25 Apr 2024 EEC discussed EAEU countries-Cuba cooperation in information technology Alexander Alexanyan, Director of the Information Technology Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission, held a meeting with the Cuban business group for informatization and communications headed by Ariadna Plasencia Castro to discuss interaction in information technology and telecommunications, joint activities, and prospects for cooperation.  Alexander Alexanyan spoke about the large-scale work of the Commission to establish an integrated information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (IIS), developing a cross-border space of trust in the interstate exchange of data and electronic documents between authorized bodies of the Union, and the recognition of each other’s electronic digital signatures by the EAEU countries. The head of the Industry Department named the EAEU-Vietnam interaction as a successful example of cooperation in digitalization between EAEU States and third countries. “We cannot but note the successful experience of implementing EAEU-Vietnam information interaction in the exchange of information using IIS,” Alexander Alexanyan noted. “This experience can be applied in the electronic exchange of information with Cuba; this cooperation has great potential.”  The Cuban party informed about the digital transformation of the country’s economy, the development of telecommunications infrastructure, information technology and work to improve the quality of network connections. The business group representatives expressed interest in promoting their information technologies in the EAEU States. Alexander Alexanyan invited his Cuban colleagues to take part in the International Forum on Information and Communication Technologies “TIBO-2024” to be held in Minsk, to exchange experience in ICT and best digital development practices. The parties agreed to continue active interaction, work out the visit of the EEC delegation and business circles of the EAEU countries to Cuba to review the activities of national science and technology parks on the sidelines of the annual Havana International Fair FIHAV. The Republic of Cuba is an observer state at the EAEU. The cooperation between the EAEU and Cuba is based on a solid foundation for developing a mutually beneficial dialogue; in particular, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Commission and the Cuban Government, as well as the Joint Action Plan were signed. The volume of manufacturing exports from the EAEU to Cuba increased by 3% in 2023 compared to 2022, while imports of Cuban goods to the EAEU doubled last year. 
25 Dec 2023 EAEU eliminated 25 obstacles in internal market At the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council held on December 25 in St. Petersburg, the Heads of State of the Eurasian Economic Union discussed the situation on eliminating barriers and reducing exceptions and restrictions in the EAEU internal market for 2022 – 2023. For example, 15 barriers, 10 obstacles having signs of barriers, 3 restrictions and 2 exceptions have been eliminated in the EAEU internal market since 2022. Owing to the positive practice of mediation procedures, the average time for eliminating barriers in 2022 was significantly reduced to 8.2 months and obstacles having signs of barriers - 4.7 months, while in 2021 the time frames were 48 and 11 months, respectively.  The work has been strengthened by the approaches laid down in the updated version of the Methodology for qualifying obstacles in the EAEU internal market and recognizing barriers and restrictions as eliminated. In particular, the innovations include optimized terms and improved mechanism for considering obstacles, updated procedures for recognizing them as eliminated, as well as a mediation procedure for settling situations related to the signs of barriers existing in the Union's internal market. The register of restrictions contains 34 restrictions. According to the Commission's preliminary calculations, 18 restrictions (53% of the total) are scheduled to be removed by 2025. Besides, the work on systematizing exceptions has been intensified. Until 2028, the Commission's work to eliminate exceptions will focus on the fields of SPS measures, technical regulation, financial markets, establishment of a single market for services, labor migration, customs and tariff regulation, and agricultural policy. Based on the conducted analysis, the Commission has prepared a methodology for forming individual ratings of the Member States. Using the data on identified and removed barriers and obstacles having signs of barriers (OSB) in the Union countries, separate ratings were obtained showing the degree of the Member States' efficiency in implementing the four freedoms within the EAEU.  Rating of the Member States in terms of the number of identified barriers and OSB (from 2016 - 2023) For reference The Methodology for qualifying obstacles in the EAEU internal market and recognizing barriers and restrictions as eliminated was approved by the EEC Board on March 28, 2023. Barriers mean obstacles to the free movement of goods, services, capital and labor within the Union's internal market functioning and their access to the Member States' markets, resulting from the inconsistency of the existing or adopted but not yet enacted statutory provisions of the Member States or of the law enforcement practice established in the Member States with the Union's law. Restrictions mean obstacles to the free movement of goods, services, capital and labor within the Union's internal market functioning and their access to the Member States' markets, resulting from the lack of legal regulation of economic relations, the development of which is stipulated by the Union's law. Exceptions mean exceptions (deviations) stipulated by the Union's law in terms of not applying the general rules of the Union's internal market functioning by a Member State. To declare an obstacle in the EAEU internal market and to obtain comprehensive information on the EEC's activities in this field, please visit the Internal Market Functioning Portal. Video collection of the EEC Department for Internal Market Functioning on obstacles and work to eliminate them.
31 Oct 2023 EEC IT Department held training seminar as part of creating secure data transmission network of EAEU integrated system On October 26-27, the IT Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission held a successful training seminar on the functioning of the secure data transmission network of the EAEU integrated information system. The seminar brought together representatives of authorized bodies from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. The event discussed practical aspects of ensuring the functioning of the secure data transmission network.  The seminar was held as part of implementing Disposition No. 7 of the EEC Council dated February 18, 2022 "On creating a secure data transmission network of the Eurasian Economic Union's integrated information system". The Commission, jointly with the Union countries, is now completing this work. "Connecting all participants to the secure data transmission network of the EAEU integrated information system will ensure a harmonized level of information exchange security within the cross-border interaction between the Union States and the Eurasian Economic Commission," noted Aleksandr Aleksanyan, Director of the EEC IT Department.  The Commission has taken all necessary organizational and technical measures to ensure that the Member States' national segments can be connected to the secure data transmission network.  In particular, a control centre for the secure data transmission network was created. Jointly with the Member States' authorized bodies, crypto-gateways were installed and configured in the number required to organize fault-tolerant connection of the national segments of the EAEU integrated system. The national segments of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan were connected to the secure data transmission network. In the near future, after connecting the national segment of Russia, it is planned to migrate the IIS to secure channels, as well as to ensure implementing a pilot project on traceability of goods in the Union's territory.
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