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.
27 Sep 2023 EEC Council approved development plan of EAEU Integrated Information System for 2024 The Eurasian Economic Commission's Council has approved the development plan of the Eurasian Economic Union's Integrated Information System (EAEU IIS) for 2024. Besides, a decision was adopted to significantly increase the financing of this sphere.  The EAEU IIS is a key tool for ensuring the Union's efficient functioning. The system makes it possible to automate and simplify the processes of information exchange between the Member States, which contributes to closer economic cooperation and integration. The approved development plan of the EAEU IIS envisages several key areas: - to improve and upgrade the system's technological base; - to develop and implement new functionalities; - to launch legally significant interstate interaction using electronic digital signature; - to transfer to a digital platform by creating a subsystem for integration of digital platforms and services; - to upgrade the system's security and reliability;  - to expand the scope of application of the EAEU IIS, including to create new services for business and public authorities. Investments in developing the EAEU IIS will enable accelerating its modernization and functionality expansion, which will ultimately result in improving the quality and efficiency of work within the entire Union. The increased financing and approval of the EAEU IIS development plan confirms the Member States' commitment to deepening integration and cooperation. The plan is expected to significantly improve the system's functionality and performance, which will provide additional benefits to the EAEU States.  The works within the IIS development plan are implemented in accordance with the strategic documents adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the Union countries.
26 Jul 2023 Russia removed obstacle in public procurement of industrial goods On July 25, the meeting of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Board addressed the issue of removing by the Russian Federation of an obstacle bearing the mark of a barrier as part of functioning of the Eurasian Economic Union's internal market, related to establishing additional requirements to the EAEU countries' suppliers when conducting public (municipal) procurement of industrial goods. Earlier, the Commission monitored Russia's compliance with the EAEU law and prepared a conclusion on the presence of an obstacle bearing the mark of a barrier in the Union's internal market. In particular, when delivering goods to a customer, the supplier had to provide documents confirming the country of origin of the goods, based on which information on the goods was included in the Eurasian register. The issue of qualifying the barrier was considered at the EEC Board's meeting at the end of the previous year, and the Russian party expressed its readiness to eliminate the identified inconsistencies with the Union's law before including this obstacle in the register. According to Varos Simonyan, EEC Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies, the Russian party has fulfilled its obligations and adopted Resolution No. 889 of the Government of the Russian Federation, which eliminates the requirement to participants in public procurement to provide documents confirming the country of origin of the goods (came into effect from June 1, 2023). Therefore, additional requirements inconsistent with the Rules for determining the country of origin of certain types of goods for public (municipal) procurement purposes have been eliminated.   “We welcome the efforts of the Russian Federation in ensuring the provision of national treatment in the field of public procurement in the EAEU,” Varos Simonyan noted.  
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