26 Sep 2022 Zero duty rates and tariff incentives for particular types of critical imports to be extended until end of March 2023 The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission approved the parties' proposals to extend the zero rates of import customs duties and tariff exemptions for particular types of critical imports until March 31, 2023. Along with that, a decision will be adopted soon on instructions from the Commission’s Council on a number of commodity items under the EEC Board’s jurisdiction. “Despite the positive effect of the customs and tariff regulation measures adopted in the spring, there are still some sensitive items for which the zeroing of duties or tariff exemptions are extended for six months. We mean about a quarter of the goods from the initial list,” Andrey Slepnev, EEC Minister in charge of Trade, informed. In particular, the extension will cover raw materials: pharmaceutical and chemical products, varnishes, dyes, textile and leather processing agents, certain types of adhesives and starches, plastics, rubber and products made from them, certain cellulose products, raw materials from wool, cotton and linen, chemical threads, yarn and fibers. The list will also include some finished products, such as medicines, medical equipment, reagents for laboratory research. The decisions will apply to legal relations arisen since October 1, 2022. For reference Seeking to provide priority support measures intended to increase the EAEU's economic stability and saturate the internal market with necessary goods amid external pressure, the EEC Council adopted the following decisions: No. 37 dated March 17, 2022, No. 46 dated April 5, 2022, No. 76 dated 15 April 2022, as well as decisions of the EEC Board No. 63 dated April 12, 2022, and No. 66 dated April 19, 2022. These decisions provided for the zeroing of import customs duty rates for a wide range of goods (1,307 CN FEA of the EAEU codes) until September 30, 2022. The measure enabled providing significant support to both consumers of finished products in a number of EAEU countries and import-dependent manufacturers.
23 Sep 2022 Andrey Slepnev: “It is proposed to hold a business dialogue with Indonesia as part of the Eurasian Economic Forum in 2023” Andrey Slepnev, Minister in charge of Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission, stated this when commenting on the relevant instruction signed by members of the EEC Council in Moscow. The final decision will be made after studying the issue with representatives of the partner country. “Recently, the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council decided to start negotiations with Indonesia to conclude a free trade agreement. We expect that the negotiation process will be in its active phase next year, and holding a business dialogue will contribute to the discussion of the most pressing issues and topics,” Andrey Slepnev noted. In this regard, he recalled that Indonesia is the largest economy in ASEAN and the world's fourth most populous country, and the experts' work has previously shown that trade relations between our states have significant potential.  For reference According to the statistics, the trade turnover between the EAEU and Indonesia increased by 41.5% to 3.7 bln US dollars in 2021 compared to 2020. Along with that, exports increased by 34.1% and imports grew by 44.5%. Negotiations with the Republic of Indonesia on concluding a free trade agreement will be held in accordance with SEEC's Decision No. 6 dated May 27, 2022. The Eurasian Economic Forum is an annual business event of the Eurasian Economic Union in the economic sphere, held alternately in the Union States chairing the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council and the EEC Council. The Russian Federation will chair the authorities of the Union in 2023.
23 Sep 2022 EEC and VK developed mechanism for removing "pirated" content from social network The Eurasian Economic Commission held a series of consultations with representatives of IT companies from the Eurasian Economic Union countries, including VK (the company owns VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and My World social networks), to create a mechanism to counter the spread of digital content that violates the authors and legal owners' rights. The need to develop a mechanism for promptly removing “pirated” content from social networks has arisen since the current procedure provides removal only after the relevant court decision has entered into force. In practice, this process is rather lengthy, and all this time illegal content has been disseminated on the network, causing damage to legitimate copyright holders. This problem was addressed in the statements made to the EEC, in particular, by the Association of Copyright Holders, Licensors and Licensees for the Protection of Copyrights on the Internet. The mechanism developed during consultations helps to remove “pirated” content from the social network within a few hours after the copyright holder has applied for illegal placement. Commenting on the new mechanism, Arman Shakkaliev, EEC Minister in charge of Competition and Antitrust Regulation, noted that digital tools for commercializing the results of intellectual activity bring significant income, and a developed competitive environment in this market will allow achieving a balance of users and right holders' interests. “The Eurasian Economic Commission, jointly with the EAEU antimonopoly authorities and representatives of IT companies, has reached a common understanding of the need for further interaction and development of tools necessary to maintain fair competition in digital markets,” the Minister noted.  
23 Sep 2022 EEC Youth Council and Rosmolodezh deepen cooperation On September 21, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) hosted a working meeting between Daniyar Turusbekov, Director of the Organizational Support and Protocol Department​ and Chairman of the EEC Youth Council, and Denis Ashirov, Deputy Head of Rosmolodezh. During the meeting, the parties discussed the following topical issues of the EAEU youth agenda: - the outcomes of the 1st CIS and EAEU Youth Forum in the city of Cholpon-Ata, the Kyrgyz Republic, including the initiatives of members of the youth delegations proposed during a business breakfast with the leadership of the EAEU countries' governments and international organizations; - the initiative of the Chairman of the EEC Board to establish the Eurasian Youth Initiatives Implementation Fund; - joint projects implemented as part of the chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the EAEU authorities in 2023 and joint events held in 2021-2022; - issues of the general program of internships, youth entrepreneurship and youth tourism within the EAEU space. The parties also agreed to intensify work on finalizing and signing the Cooperation Program for 2022-2024. Daniyar Turusbekov spoke about the Commission's activities to implement the Chairman of the Board's instructions to create and develop a "single window" in the Eurasian Economic Commission for considering and developing the youth initiatives. In conclusion, Daniyar Turusbekov especially thanked his colleagues from the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs for their active work at the 1st CIS and EAEU Youth Forum and expressed confidence in further productive cooperation for the benefit of the Eurasian Economic Union.
23 Sep 2022 Circulation of veterinary diagnostic tools in EAEU to be regulated according to uniform rules Members of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Council have adopted uniform rules to regulate the circulation of veterinary diagnostic tools within the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. The document covers the entire scope of regulating the veterinary diagnostic tools circulation. The EAEU rules will establish the uniform procedures for veterinary diagnostic tools registration, uniform requirements for their quality, criteria for their assessment, and a uniform format for information exchange between the authorized authorities of the EAEU countries while exercising the state control (supervision) over their circulation. Until now, all circulation aspects of veterinary diagnostic tools have been regulated by the national legislation, due to which a number of EAEU states failed to exercise their rights of veterinary diagnostic tools circulation within the Union's customs territory. The adopted document will create more favorable conditions for the functioning and development of the EAEU common market for veterinary diagnostics. The EEC Council has established some transitional periods. The EAEU rules will come into force in two stages: - 24 months after the date of the decision on their approval – for the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation; - after 48 months from the date of the decision on their approval – for the Kyrgyz Republic. Registration certificates for veterinary diagnostic tools issued before the date the EAEU rules have entered into force shall stay valid in the Union's customs territory within the time limits established under the Union countries' legislation, but no later than December 31, 2028. The marketing authorization application of veterinary diagnostic tools registered under the EAEU's legislation shall be subject to harmonization with the Union Rules by December 31, 2028.
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