24 Jan 2023 Armen Harutyunyan presented EEC proposals on ensuring sustainable transformations in food systems at global forum Armen Harutyunyan, Director of the Agricultural Policy Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission, made a presentation on the key role of food systems in ensuring sustainable transformations as part of the panel session "Leveraging Urban and Local Agrifood Systems for Sustainable Transformation" organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The EEC representative told about the mechanisms for promoting innovative technologies in the agricultural sector of the Eurasian Economic Union countries, in particular to ensure development of urban agriculture and food security in growing cities. "At the moment, the EAEU is creating various platforms for exchanging experience and knowledge between business representatives from all countries of our Union regarding manufacturing and introducing innovative products and establishing cooperation," noted Armen Harutyunyan. On the sidelines of the forum, EEC representatives held a number of working meetings. Prospective areas of cooperation between the EEC and the FAO were discussed with Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Program Leader for Europe and Central Asia. Matters of seed farming development, seed production in the EAEU, using innovative technologies in crop farming to make agriculture more efficient, increasing competitiveness of crop products in the EAEU domestic market and third-country markets and finding logistics solutions to export seeds of crop plants were discussed with representatives of the German business community. 
24 Jan 2023 EEC zeroed import customs duties on parts of 5,000–50,000 kWh gas turbines for a year The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission took a decision to zero the import customs duty rate with regard to parts of 5,000–50,000 kWh gas turbines on a temporary basis (until March 31, 2024 inclusive). At the moment the relevant rate of the Common Customs Tariff of the EAEU is 5% of the customs value. The parts in question include case, compressor and exhaust diffuser wheels for low-pressure turbines, forward stub shafts, compressor discs, frames, cooling heat exchangers for purge air, auxiliary system gearboxes and other parts imported from Italy, various valves imported from the USA and the Netherlands, as well as some other parts imported from Germany and the UK.  "This measure will facilitate manufacturing of end products in the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union and will affect, among other things, manufacturing of gas turbines mounted on gas pumping units that are used at compressor stations to transport natural gas through main gas pipelines," stressed Andrey Slepnev, EEC Minister in charge of Trade. According to him, the decision will allow to provide the EAEU oil and gas enterprises with new-generation energy equipment and to modernize gas transportation systems of the Eurasian countries.  The Minister also noted that at the moment the Union was actively implementing programs for localizing gas turbine parts production. It is planned to channel the released funds towards further expansion of corresponding measures in order to complete them by 2025. For reference In accordance with the EEC Board's Decisions No. 110 dated July 15, 2014 and No. 21 dated March 1, 2016, from September 2, 2014 to December 31, 2021 inclusive the duty rate of 0% of the customs value was already applied to gas turbine parts.
24 Jan 2023 Program Committee discussed preparations for the Second Eurasian Economic Forum featuring heads of EAEU Member States At the venue of the Eurasian Economic Commission Andrey Slepnev, EEC Minister in charge of Trade, chaired the first meeting of the Program Committee for the Second Eurasian Economic Forum that this year will be held under the slogan "Eurasian Integration in Multi-Polar World". The event is scheduled on May 24-25, shortly before the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council; the plenary will be attended by the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union countries. According to the EEC legal acts, the Eurasian Economic Forum is held annually in the country chairing the EAEU – that is, this year it will take place in the Russian Federation.  At the meeting of the Program Committee, representatives of authorized agencies and businesses of the Eurasian Economic Union countries, as well as EEC structural subdivisions discussed the general Forum concept and tentative scope, possible topics for panel sessions and events on the sidelines.  In keeping with the Forum's focus on positioning the Union in the modern world, thematic sessions and dialog events will touch upon the most relevant topics on the global agenda: the mindset foundations of the modern Eurasianism; the EAEU strategic objectives for decades to come; digital transformation, climate challenges and the Union's consolidated response to them; energy and food security; relations with the SCO, BRICS, ASEAN, African and Middle Eastern countries.
23 Jan 2023 Address by the Chairman of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the Heads of the Eurasian Economic Union Member States on Russian Chairmanship in the Union's Governing Bodies in 2023 On January 1, 2023, Russia assumed the chairmanship in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council and the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission. Since its foundation in 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union has been developing steadily, clearly demonstrating its effectiveness and relevance. Over this period, the absolute volume of mutual trade between the Union Member States increased by 60% and in 2021 reached a historic high of $73.1 billion, while the foreign trade volume grew by 46%, to $846.3 billion. Moreover, the share of high value-added non-resource products in the Union's domestic trade turnover increases every year. Per capita GDP growth amounted to 28.7% and the share of payments in national currencies approached 75%    Our close integration is a worthy response to global problems exacerbated by the pandemic and unlawful sanctions imposed by a number of countries, such as poverty, climate change and shortage of resources, including the essential ones – food, water and energy. It is obvious that the Union has every opportunity to become one of the powerful, independent and self-sufficient poles in the emerging multi-polar world, to be a center of attraction for all the independent states sharing our values and seeking cooperation with the EAEU.  Of course, we will do our best to facilitate further deepening of integration in all areas: in politics, economy, industry, finance and technology. In this regard, we find it reasonable to perform a joint assessment of the progress in implementing the current Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025 and to set about preparing new long-term planning documents as early as this year to determine the main vectors of integrative cooperation for the periods to 2030 and 2045. It is obvious that one of the crucial strategic priorities in our joint work should be developing the technological potential of the EAEU Member States and achieving true independence and self-sufficiency in this field. We propose to join efforts in developing and introducing cutting-edge scientific and technological solutions in such leading economic sectors as the automotive and chemical industries, transport engineering, microelectronics, the aircraft industry, shipbuilding, pharmaceuticals, digital ecosystems, alternative energy, agricultural equipment manufacturing, bioengineering and seed production. 
20 Jan 2023 EEC and media of EAEU countries discussed joint work for 2023 The prospects for information support of activities by the Eurasian Economic Commission and the EAEU governing bodies in 2023 were discussed at the EEC headquarters during the meeting between Daniyar Turusbekov, Director of the EEC Organizational Support and Protocol Department, and representatives of the leading mass media of the Eurasian Economic Union countries.  Opening the meeting, Daniyar Turusbekov thanked the gathered journalists for their active coverage of the work done by the EAEU governing bodies and expressed his confidence in even more intensive cooperation in 2023. "On behalf of the Chairman of the Board and our Department we would like to thank you, dear colleagues, for you all-round assistance in covering the Eurasian economic integration. Our internal analysis identified that in 2022 the Union was publicly mentioned around 90,000 times and the Commission featured in 24,000 reports. Overall, there is an increasing public information interest in the EAEU: for this, much credit certainly goes to you. As of today, accreditation applications have been submitted to the Commission by 80 journalists from 14 mass media of all countries of the Union. We are very glad about that and are ready to strengthen our fruitful cooperation further," noted Daniyar Turusbekov.  According to the Director of the Department, the Commission is always open to media representatives and will continue to adhere to the chosen direction for close and mutually beneficial partnership in the information sphere. Daniyar Turusbekov informed the mass media representatives about upcoming major EAEU events in the year of the Russian chairmanship, including the Eurasian Inter-governmental Council in the Almaty (Republic of Kazakhstan) scheduled on February 2-3, the Eurasian Economic Forum that will be held on May 24-25 and timed to the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, as well as a range of other official events planned for June 2023 in Russia.  At the end of the meeting, an official ceremony took place where the media representatives were granted the EEC accreditation cards for work at the Commission events. For reference Applications for accreditation with the EEC came from the top-rated mass media of the EAEU countries – TASS IA, RBK TV channel, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Mir ITRC, Khabar 24 TV channel, Public Television and Radio Corporation of the Kyrgyz Republic (KTRK), Public TV Company of Armenia, BelTA IA, Kazinform IA and others.
19 Jan 2023 Andrey Slepnev visited Tehran to discuss matters of concluding negotiations on free trade area agreement with Iran Andrey Slepnev, Minister in charge of Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission, finished his two-day visit to Tehran the key purpose of which was that delegation heads considered the main issues of negotiations on concluding a free trade area agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the Iranian side, the negotiating delegation was led by Alireza Peyman-Pak, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of Trade Promotion Organization. The discussion concerned modalities of arrangements necessary for concluding negotiations and singing the agreement. All the matters are finalized except for mutual access of certain categories of agricultural products to the market; it was decided to continue negotiations on them.  Speaking on the meeting results, Andrey Slepnev stressed high intensity of developing cooperation with Iran. In 2021, the trade turnover between the EAEU and Iran grew by 74%, and over the first 10 months of 2022 it increased by another 25% as compared to the same period last year. "There are impressive prospects for developing long-term mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of transport, industry, agriculture, ensuring food security and in other fields. The future agreement will allow to found these joint plans on a solid contractual basis," noted the EEC Minister in charge of Trade.  The visit also included a meeting with Mehdi Safari, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy. The discussion concerned possible further steps to strengthen the basis for economic cooperation between the EAEU and Iran. Moreover, Andrey Slepnev held meetings with the heads of diplomatic missions of the Eurasian Economic Union Member States.
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