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25 Nov 2022 Bakytzhan Sagintaev: "The new economic reality strengthens the objective of creating the Greater Eurasian Partnership" Bakytzhan Sagintaev, Minister in charge of Economy and Financial Policy of the Eurasian Economic Commission, informed on the Eurasian Economic Commission's current activities in the field of economic development and financial policy in his welcoming speech to the attendees of the plenary meeting of the 9th Moscow International Financial and Economic Forum, held annually by the Financial and Business Association of Euro-Asian Cooperation. This year, the Forum was attended by business representatives from over 50 countries.  Bakytzhan Sagintaev has noted that ensuring freedom in the field of trade in services and investment is the key factor in light of weakening multilateral mechanisms affecting economic stability.  “The new economic reality only strengthens the objective of creating the Greater Eurasian Partnership. It will be made up of separate sub-regional units based on the common interest of their participants as well as mutual technological, logistic and infrastructure proposals,” the EEC Minister emphasized.    According to him, creating a sustainable infrastructure for regional cooperation requires increasing connectivity between the EAEU States’ economies. "An important condition is to extend industrial and technological cooperation which could become the blueprint for stepping up production of value added goods," Bakytzhan Sagintaev said. "And joint implementation of transport projects will enable ensuring transport accessibility and forming new logistics chains. Creating investment and innovation consortia as well as implementing investment projects with a high integration effect is, of course, relevant".     The EEC Minister has noted that building a systematic dialogue at the supranational and country levels with the European Union, the SCO, ASEAN and other major regional economic associations remains a priority in international activities. Besides, the Commission aims to deepen cooperation with the Observer States at the Union as well as countries that concluded memoranda with the EEC.       
24 Nov 2022 EEC completes first package of amendments to EAEU Customs Code The meeting of the Working Group on Improving Customs Regulation in the Eurasian Economic Union chaired by Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Commission Maksat Mamytkanov approved a package of amendments that will be included in the draft of the first comprehensive Protocol on Amendments to the Customs Code of the EAEU. These amendments are a priority for Member States in the customs area. They will help resolve a number of problematic issues related to the application of the Customs Code, simplify and speed up the passage of goods across the customs border of the Union, and establish the specifics of customs operations for certain categories of goods.  Such issues, in particular, include the procedure for moving containers across the customs border, the implementation of transit and cabotage trucking, application of customs procedures for a customs warehouse, free customs zone and free warehouse. Having discussed certain issues that have not yet been fully agreed upon, the members of the Working Group approved the submission of the first comprehensive Protocol on Amendments to the Customs Code of the EAEU for legal expert review and then for domestic approval. For reference The Working Group on Improving Customs Regulation in the Eurasian Economic Union was established by Disposition No. 125 of the EEC Board dated September 15, 2020 in order to discuss and make decisions on conceptual issues of improving customs regulation in the EAEU, requiring implementation in international treaties that regulate customs legal relations within the Union.
24 Nov 2022 Representatives of EAEU countries' competent authorities discussed general principles and approaches to establishing legal liability for violations of customs rules At the first meeting of the profile working group chaired by Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Commission Maksat Mamytkanov, representatives of the authorized bodies of the EAEU countries, whose competence includes law enforcement in the field of customs regulation, discussed general legal approaches to holding persons accountable for violations of customs rules.   This task is enshrined in the Strategy 2025 and should be implemented by countries in the medium term. Legal relations in the field of customs regulation are maximally unified and regulated by the Customs Code of the EAEU and acts adopted in its development. The Customs Code of the EAEU establishes the obligations of persons performing customs operations, failure to comply with which should entail liability under the national legislation of the Union countries. "At the present development stage of integration processes, there is a need to build a system of protective norms of a single model, providing for general principles and approaches to establishing legal liability for similar offenses on the territory of any of the EAEU Member States," said Maksat Mamytkanov.   Among the topics discussed are the development of approaches to organizing interaction between the EEC and the competent authorities of the EAEU states, the organization of thematic expert consultations and the preparation of proposals for fixing the general principles and approaches to establishing such responsibility in the law of the EAEU.    For reference Clause 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, provides for making amendments to the Treaty on the Specifics of Criminal and Administrative Liability for Violations of the Customs Legislation of the Customs Union and the Member States of the CU dated July 5, 2010 in terms of defining principles and approaches common to all to establishing liability for non-compliance with the requirements of the Union law in the field of customs regulation.  
24 Nov 2022 Internal market protection is an important focus area for EEC On November 22-23, a seminar for state bodies and the business community of the Republic of Belarus titled "Application of measures to protect internal market in the Eurasian Economic Union and third countries" was held in the form of a videoconference. The seminar was organized by the Internal Market Protection Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The EEC representatives informed the seminar participants about the procedure for preparing applications and participating in investigations, spoke about the relevant legislative norms and planned innovations in the Union law, as well as about the peculiarities of conducting investigations and reviewing protective measures in foreign practice.  "Measures to protect domestic market are still relevant. The practice of the EAEU in this regard is expanding. We need to convey to the public the adopted innovations," said Byubyusara Toktonalieva, Deputy Director of the Department for the Protection of the Internal Market of the Commission. During the event, Director of the Department for Foreign Economic Activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Yury Gorelik noted: "We are witnessing unprecedented fundamental changes that have been taking place in the world in recent years. They directly relate to international trade, too. But among the current large-scale changes, there is a tool that is not questioned from the point of view of legality — this is a tool to protect domestic market."  
23 Nov 2022 EEC reveals no violation of competition between explosives manufacturers from Russia and Kazakhstan in EAEU cross-border markets This conclusion was reached by the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission after considering the materials of the case investigation conducted by the Department for Antitrust Regulation of the EEC. The basis for the investigation was an appeal to the Commission of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in connection with the refusal of a number of Russian and Kazakh manufacturers of explosives and electrical initiators (detonators) to supply goods to a Kazakhstan economic entity. The materials contained information pointing to possible signs of an anti-competitive agreement in the actions of certain manufacturers, which, according to the applicant, consisted in refusing supplies to the Kazakh company.  The investigation found that manufacturers of explosives had signed a contract for the release of products in advance by undergoing the approval procedure with the national authorized body in the field of industry. At the same time, the civil circulation of explosives and electronic initiators in the EAEU countries refers to licensed activities, while the procedure for obtaining permission to increase the volume of exports is quite complicated. Therefore, the presence of only one request for a quotation without specifying the guaranteed volume of purchase is insufficient to conclude a new supply contract. Moreover, the investigation established certain facts of dishonest actions on the part of the applicant, including violation of contractual obligations and lack of timely payments. Therefore, the antitrust body considered the refusal of the manufacturers of explosives to supply the goods in the considered case as the subject of a civil legal dispute. The totality of all factors studied during the investigation allowed the EEC Board to conclude that there is no anti-competitive agreement signed between the manufacturers of explosives in the EAEU. However, in order to create equal competitive conditions, the EEC Board instructed the Department for Antitrust Regulation to inform the authorized bodies of the EAEU countries in the field of industry and manufacturers of explosives to consider the possibility of developing rules for the selection of counterparties and determining the price of goods sold to exclude any possibility of establishing a discriminatory approach. According to the Minister in charge of Competition and Antitrust Regulation Bakhyt Sultanov, the adoption of such rules will ensure transparency and openness in the activities of suppliers of explosives and initiators.  "In the course of investigation, meetings were held between representatives of the antitrust bloc and EAEU vendors. I would like to note that economic entities approved the idea of developing rules and expressed their readiness to implement them," the Minister said.
23 Nov 2022 Ministers of Agriculture of EAEU countries discuss issues of food security and provision of material and technical resources for agricultural sector Heads of the authorized bodies of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the relevant ministers of the Eurasian Economic Commission discussed the issues of ensuring food security, challenges and prospects for cooperation in the framework of the 3rd Meeting of the Union's Council on Agroindustrial Policy. The parties agreed to continue joint cooperation on monitoring the availability of agricultural products and food, as well as the formation of joint indicative balances between supply and demand. The participants of the meeting emphasized the importance of the work of the Commission and countries on the development and deepening of integration in the field of agricultural sector as well as documents adopted at the level of the Union on the implementation of coordinated agro-industrial policy. The effectiveness of the Working Group created by the Disposition of the Board in 2021 on the prompt supply of agricultural products between the Union states was also appreciated. Moreover, the meeting discussed the issue of providing the agricultural industry with material and technical resources, which largely determines the sustainability of agriculture in conditions of high turbulence in the global food market. At present, significant volumes of seeds and planting material, breeding products, veterinary drugs, agricultural machinery and equipment are imported into the Union market from third countries. A high dependence on seed imports remains for such important crops as corn, sunflower, sugar beet, and vegetables. In the animal husbandry of the Union countries, there is an insufficient level of self-sufficiency in pedigree lines for the production of chickens.   "The Commission can act as a coordinator for resolving issues of logistics for the industry having prepared, together with the Member States, effective mechanisms for interaction and implementation of joint cooperation projects," stressed Artak Kamalyan, Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the EEC. The current focus areas for improving resource provision are recognized as ensuring, within the framework of the Union, barrier-free trade in agricultural seeds and breeding products, joint measures for the production of breeding genetic materials, the implementation of import-substituting and high-tech projects, and technological cooperation in agriculture. The members of the Council also paid special attention to the discussion of the issue of ensuring epizootic well-being for FMD in the EAEU countries. Minister in charge of Technical Regulation Viktor Nazarenko noted the problematic issues of interaction between the Member States to ensure veterinary safety in the customs territory of the Union for FMD. The parties agreed that the authorized bodies in the field of veterinary medicine of the Union countries will ensure closer cooperation in the prevention and diagnosis of foot and mouth disease.        For reference The Council for the EAEU Agroindustrial Policy was created by the decision of Heads of the EAEU States to ensure the efficient interaction between the ministries of agriculture of the Union countries in implementing the agreed agricultural policy. It includes the Ministers of Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Union Member States and EEC Ministers in charge of Industry, Agriculture, and Technical Regulation.   
23 Nov 2022 Procedure for making amendments to paying customs duties and taxes for express cargo approved On November 22, the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission approved the procedure for amending the document on the payment of customs duties and taxes in respect of goods for personal use transported as express cargo. The procedure was used by the customs authority to calculate customs payments payable in respect of such goods.  The approved procedure provides for a specific action algorithm for customs officials, time frames for making amendments and rules for specifying information when updating a payment document.  "If some information changes in the passenger customs declaration for express cargo and it is necessary to change the data on payable customs duties, then the proposed unified procedure for the entire Union will be used," said Maksat Mamytkanov, Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation of the EEC. The form of the document on payment has also been improved by supplementing it with a new column to reflect information on the termination of the obligation to pay customs duties in cases established by the Customs Code of the Union. The project is a logical continuation of the comprehensive work carried out by the Customs Block of the Commission to improve the customs administration of express cargo and the formation of a modern legal framework on this issue. For reference Decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 185 of November 20, 2018 approved the form of the document on the payment of customs duties and taxes in respect of goods for personal use transported as express cargo and the procedure for filling it out.
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