On January 25, a face-to-face meeting of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Council was held in Moscow. The meeting was chaired by Alexei Overchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, and featured Members of the EEC Council and Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board.
During the year starting from January 1, 2023 the Russian Federation is presiding over the EAEU governing bodies: the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, and the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission.
The EEC Council approved the production conditions to be met for another 55 commodity items to be considered manufactured in the EAEU so they can be accepted for public procurement in the Union States. Relevant amendments were introduced to Annex 1 to the Rules for Determining the Country of Origin of Certain Types of Goods for Public Procurement Purposes. The goods include aircraft tugs, 3D printers, microphones, loudspeakers, phones, sound systems, circuits for devices and computer power units, scanners, biometric systems, LEDs, fiber optic cables, breathing apparatuses and other products. The introduced changes concern five industries: machine tool engineering, specialized mechanical engineering, medical product manufacturing, musical instruments, as well as sound equipment, electronics and communications electronics.
The Eurasian Economic Commission's Council adopted a decision on temporary zeroing the import customs duty on plasticized polyvinyl chloride for wallpaper production until February 29, 2024 inclusive. The current EAEU СCT rate for this product is 6.5%.
The Unified EAEU List of Quarantine Items was expanded with a new pest species and it is now required that seed and planting materials must be free from this quarantine item.
The Eurasian Economic Commission's Council approved amendments to the Model Conformity Assessment Schemes. The decision by the EEC Council will create conditions for organizational and regulatory improvements in this field. They will allow to make timely corrections to the Union conformity assessment documents (certificates and declarations) when a company name or the surname and initials of an individual entrepreneur change, as well as when there are changes in some address details of the place of manufacture (for instance, in the case of renaming a city or a street, a changed post code or house number) provided that the actual place of manufacture remains the same. That will facilitate the work of economic entities in the EAEU countries.
The attendees of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Council approved joint forecasts of the agricultural sector development and joint indicative balances of supply and demand for 2023 with regard to certain agricultural goods.
The meeting approved the Report on Macroeconomic Situation in the EAEU States and proposals on ensuring sustainable economic development. It will be presented at the next meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.
A draft agenda for the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council to be held on February 2-3, 2023 in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan was also approved.