MINSK, 19 June (BelTA) – No solution has yet been found to the problem of roaming charges in the Union State of Belarus and Russia, BelTA learned from State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota during the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in Minsk on 19 June.
The official said: “The communications ministries and mobile carriers in Belarus and Russia have looked into the matter. No solution has been found yet. But the work will continue.”
Dealing with the problem is one of the instructions, which fulfillment the Supreme State Council monitors closely. There are a total of 17 instructions like that on the watch list, eight ones have been fulfilled, work on another nine continues.
The official said that, in particular, work continues to preserve the machine engineering potential of the Belarus-Russia union. “It is the most discussed matter. The matter was also discussed during the restricted-attendance session today. The list also includes the recycling fee and state subsidizing procedures. I can say that these matters are discussed at virtually every session of the Council of Ministers or the high-level group. Simultaneously legislation is being monitored in order to reduce restrictions in mutual sales of industrial products,” said Grigory Rapota.
Cooperation in agribusiness proceeds along several directions. “First, in order to increase the output of import-substituting pedigree products the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry and the Russian Agriculture Ministry are preparing the concept of a program on forming a competitive base of genetic resources as part of the pedigree animal husbandry system of the Union State. Second, the idea of integrating the Belarusian and Russian information systems is being implemented to prevent the manufacturing and trade in falsified and counterfeited products on the Union State food market. Third, a roadmap has been approved to guide cooperation between the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry and the Russian Agriculture Ministry in order to lift mutual restrictive measures on shipments of animal husbandry products in 2018. The provisions the document specifies will have to be implemented,” said the state secretary.
Grigory Rapota also informed participants of the meeting about progress in implementing other instructions. In particular, instructions for the Union State to help finance the creation of a Fyodor Dostoyevsky country-house museum in Brest Oblast, the creation of a Rzhev memorial for Soviet soldiers in Russia's Tver Oblast.More about Politics