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Vice Prime Ministers to discuss five most sensitive challenges of the EAEU internal market at the EEC’s Council

Vice Prime Ministers to discuss five most sensitive challenges of the EAEU internal market at the EEC’s Council

7/11/2018

The most sensitive obstacles in mutual trade between the States of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) as well as measures to eliminate them were discussed at the fifth meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Functioning of Internal Markets. One of such obstacles is the issue of mutual recognition of electronic digital signatures, access to government and municipal procurement in certain areas, prevention of cases of minimum reference prices for individual goods imported from the EAEU countries, mutual recognition of the veterinary control (surveillance) system in all countries of the Union, and collection of a security deposit in respect of alcohol products supplied from the States of the Union.

These obstacles and proposals for their elimination are planned for consideration at a meeting of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) on July 13.

The format of the preliminary discussion on the most sensitive issues for the Advisory Committee on the Functioning of Internal Markets was established earlier at a meeting with the participation of Deputy Heads of state authorities of the participating countries authorized to interact with the Commission.

Among the most sensitive obstacles, in particular, there are the issues of mutual recognition of the electronic digital signature for the unhindered access of potential suppliers to participation in procurement in electronic format. The parties agreed that it was necessary to implement the process of mutual recognition of electronic digital signatures between those countries of the Union which are already prepared for this. This is necessary in order to ensure the operation of the trans-Eurasian procurement market in electronic format. The participants of the meeting agreed to approve before September 1 this year an action plan for the recognition of electronic digital signatures between the countries of the Union, which in turn will be an intermediate step in the implementation of the general plan for their mutual recognition.

An important issue for Member States is the access to government and municipal procurement in specific areas. The main share of public procurement market of the EAEU falls on Russia – over 90%. In 2017, it amounted to 7 trillion rubles on 3 million posted notices, which is 10.6% higher than in 2016. Over the six months of 2018, the total amount of public procurement on 1.6 million posted notices reached 3.9 trillion rubles.

The Members of the Advisory Committee considered a sensitive issue regarding the application by the Kyrgyz Republic of a minimum level of control prices for certain goods imported from the EAEU countries.

The agenda included the issue related to the preservation of veterinary control on the Kyrgyz-Kazakhstan section of the state border.

The participants of the meeting also discussed the issue of signing a set of agreements on the principles of tax policy in the field of excise duties on alcohol and tobacco products and the regulation of the alcohol market within the framework of the EAEU as well as the use of a security deposit for alcohol products imported from the States of the Union. It is collected in all Member States except Armenia.