Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions


Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk: October 27 discussions

Such media interest is not accidental. The Eurasian intergovernmental forum has gathered for the fifth time. Previously it was held in Moscow, Yerevan, Bishkek, Sochi and now Minsk.

The Belarusian capital not once became a platform for peaceful talks. These days it has again become the epicenter of discussions and resolution of important issues of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).The intensity of the meetings confirms once again that interest in the integration association is large. For example, look at premiers: they are meeting like good friends. Warm handshakes is a good sign of hospitality.

The Eurasian Economic Union is almost two years old. On January 1, 2015 the first agreement was signed by Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. Later, it was joined by Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

On the agenda of today's meeting were 11 questions. Among them are the budget of the EEU (the analysis for 2015 and forecast for the future) and the draft agreement on the Customs Code.

From an economic point of view, last year was difficult. Despite this, the sides managed to do well.

Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
In these difficult conditions, we were able to achieve concrete positive results or at least move forward to strategic objectives of the Union set out in the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union that was signed 29 May, 2014. From January 1 this year, the implementation of the program of liberalization of cabotage transport of goods by road was started. We have launched the implementation of the main areas of industrial cooperation in the framework of the EEU. In the current year we have approved concepts of a common market of gas, oil and petroleum of the EEU.

The Council is discussing a draft agreement on the Customs Code of the EEU. One of the main issues here is electronic declaration and the use of a "single window" mechanism in customs operations.

The new code is a great achievement. The document was developed in detail and with the participation of business circles. The result will also be noticeable: the customs clearance process at the external border of the Union will be unified, and the conditions of movement of goods will be significantly simplified.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russian premier:
The new Code sets out the prerequisites for the transition to common customs regulations. Russia supports the idea that it should be a full-fledged, a full document of direct action, not divided into parts and not segmented. It should define the way in which the Customs Union and the Customs Code will be developing.

Today EEU is a stable integration association. Hence is the interest of new partners. Vietnam, China, India. About 40 states have expressed interest in cooperation.

All the member states of the Union are long-standing partners. Belarus and Kazakhstan stressed it once again at the meeting. The Prime Ministers of the two countries have signed the road map.

Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission:
Today fundamental decisions taken; we will coordinate our countries during negotiations with third countries and economic unions. Instructed by the Heads of Government have been given, people in charge have been appointed, who will participate in the negotiation process. We will be able to make a major breakthrough and the efficiency of the negotiation process will be increased.

In December, the Presidents of the EEU member states will meet at a summit and such a meeting is an opportunity to check whether all the sides are on the same page.

By the way, productive discussions will on 29 October. Minsk will host the meeting of the Council of the CIS Heads of Government.