Belarus demands respect for national interests in Eurasian Economic Union

Belarus demands respect for national interests in Eurasian Economic Union

Alexander Lukashenko demands to comply with the national interests of Belarus in adopting the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The Head of State said this on December 9 at the meeting on the draft Customs Code Treaty of the EEU. The document will be signed at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg on December 26.

The Belarusian side has studied the Code in detail. The State Control Committee, experts and scholars weighed all the "pros" and "cons." The document must be verified and well-thought-out and meet the priorities of the Belarusian economic policy.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Our country is export-oriented. Moreover, we not only export but import very much. The Customs Code is the document that primarily regulates these relationships. Therefore, this document must be absolutely verified. And after the entry into force of the document, no citizen of Belarus, including me, should not need to ask about the bad consequences of it. That is, the Customs Code is a document that we accept, that we want. Whatever compromising nature it has, but it must not worsen the economic, socio-economic situation in Belarus. Everything has to be thought-out by ministries, departments, regional executive committees etc... Involve all professionals, so that they can respond and say what is our advantage and what is not. The document is very serious.

I pay a significant attention to the new Customs Code, because we had questions to the system that now exists as part of the present Customs Code.

I repeatedly asked the current Prime Minister since he we was the head of the negotiating group from Belarus. Therefore, everything must be taken into account. We must not lose anything after adopting this document.

The Customs Code of the EEU revises standards of the old Customs Union document. Legal gaps have been fixed and the customs legislation of the Eurasian Union countries has been further harmonized.

Belarusian scientists note among innovations the priority of electronic declaration, reduced time of release of goods from one working day to four hours, as well as reduced number of customs control forms from 12 to 7.