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.