General principles and approaches to establishing liability for violations of customs rules in the Eurasian Economic Union States were discussed by attendees of the High-Level Working Group chaired by Eldar Alisherov, Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Commission.
“Developing mutually acceptable positions of the Member States and their rapprochement in terms of the proposed principles and approaches to establishing liability for non-compliance with the Union's law requirements in the field of customs regulation is our primary objective for today,” Eldar Alisherov noted.
The meeting attendees generally agreed on the principles to be enshrined in the Agreement on the Specifics of Criminal and Administrative Liability for Violations of the Customs Legislation of the Customs Union and the Customs Union Member States, and discussed in detail the approaches to be pursued when establishing administrative and criminal liability for violations of customs regulations in the EAEU Member States' legislation. Such principles include, in particular, legality, fairness, humanity, equality before the law and the court, presumption of innocence, inevitability of punishment and its proportionality with the social danger of the offense committed.
The next stage is the expert work to prepare a draft Protocol on amendments to the said Agreement and submit it for internal coordination.
Work on the draft Protocol on amendments to the Agreement on the Specifics of Criminal and Administrative Liability for Violations of the Customs Legislation of the Customs Union and the Customs Union Member States dated July 5, 2010 is carried out by the Commission as part of implementing the measure envisaged in Paragraph 3.1.6 of the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025, approved by Decision No. 12 of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council dated December 11, 2020.