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Intergovernmental Council informed on approving Rules for determining country of origin of certain goods for public procurement purposes

Intergovernmental Council informed on approving Rules for determining country of origin of certain goods for public procurement purposes

12/4/2020
The Eurasian Economic Commission, jointly with the Eurasian Economic Union States, has drafted Rules for determining the country of origin of certain goods for public procurement purposes approved by the Commission's Council on 23 November this year. This was reported by Arman Shakkaliev, Minister in charge of Competition and Antitrust Regulation, to the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council at a meeting held on December 4.

The document purpose is to ensure equal access to public procurement in the EAEU for suppliers from all Union countries. Adopting the Rules enables to create incentives for industrial cooperation within the EAEU, increasing the localization of production and attracting investment.

The Rules provide for maintaining the Eurasian register of industrial goods of the EAEU Member States by the Commission. The goods will be included in the register based on appraisal certificates issued by national authorized bodies or organizations of the Union countries.

The document contains a list of conditions, production and manufacturing operations under which the goods shall be considered as originating from the EAEU Member States. These requirements will apply to 255 types of goods in a number of industries, including machine tool engineering, power and special engineering, electrical and cable industry; light industry; production of compressor and refrigerating equipment; furniture and timber manufacturing industry; chemical and petrochemical industry.

Following consideration of this issue at the Intergovernmental Council, the Russian Federation will extend the procedure for allowing the Union countries’ industrial products to participate in public procurement in 2020 until July 1, 2021 to preserve the access of the Member States’ goods to the Russian public procurement. The activities on determining the required level of production and manufacturing operations for certain types of products for public procurement purposes will continue after adopting the Rules. The list of relevant goods will be updated in the future based on proposals of the States and the business community. The Commission has expressed interest in entertaining opinions of all participants based  on transparency and openness of the list.​