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EEC works on solving problems at EAEU borders

EEC works on solving problems at EAEU borders

The road map on settling disputes over movement of goods across the borders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries was considered by Members of the Eurasian Economic Commission's (EEC) Board and the Member States' authorized representatives at the 2nd meeting of the Committee on settling disagreements and disputes and ensuring free movement of goods in the EAEU.

The event chaired by Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board, was attended by the EEC Board Members - Oleg Pankratov, Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation, Viktor Nazarenko, Minister in charge of Technical Regulation, Andrey Slepnev, Minister in charge of Trade, Timur Zhaksylykov, Minister in charge of Economy and Financial Policy, and Gegham Vardanyan, Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies.

The Union States have submitted their proposals to the EEC. Nowadays, the sides are discussing different approaches to forming an action plan.

As noted by Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board, the role of the operational committee for settling disputes related to moving goods in the EAEU is "to elaborate decisions failed to be adopted in the past years".

Following the meeting, it was decided to structure the road map: to distribute proposals among the Commission's Board units, whereafter the EEC representatives would explore them with the sides’ experts, including the issue of goods traceability. The technical bureau will compile the proposals and define associated risks. The explored initiatives will be sent to the sides for discussion.

It is also proposed to distribute the measures by stages: short-, medium- and long-term measures.  "I believe that long-term measures may fairly be included in our road map, even if they duplicate, to a certain extent, the draft Strategic Directions for Development until 2025," Mikhail Myasnikovich considers. "The operational committee itself is a mechanism for implementing the Strategic Directions."

Through the example of customs control over goods from Armenia via the “Verkhny Lars” International Automobile Border-Crossing Point (MAPP), the meeting attendees were presented proposals to create conditions for ensuring unhindered movement of the Union's goods from the territory of a Member State that has no common border with any of the EAEU countries to the territory of another Member State, considering the control over goods transportation using navigation seals. The bilateral project between Russia and Armenia is of interest to other EAEU countries.

It bears reminding that at a meeting held on July 10, the EEC Council ordered to create a committee for settling disputes related to moving goods in the Eurasian Economic Union.

The Committee is headed by Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board. It comprises Heads and Deputy Heads of authorized public authorities of the Union countries as well as Members of the EEC Board - Oleg Pankratov, Gegham Vardanyan, Timur Zhaksylykov, Viktor Nazarenko and Andrey Slepnev. The Committee elaborates the road map to settle disagreements, disputes and ensure free movement of goods in the EAEU.

It is expected that the road map will include measures aimed at excluding or minimizing monitoring activities for the Union goods moving between the Member States, including at internal borders, and increasing mutual confidence in results of monitoring activities at the Union's external border. Furthermore, the plan will include measures to ensure transparency, accounting and control over the goods turnover in the Union. 

The road map will be submitted to the EEC Council for approval.