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15 September 2021, 13:39

Belarus deputy PM participates in session of Council of Eurasian Economic Commission

Igor Petrishenko. An archive photo
Igor Petrishenko. An archive photo

MINSK, 15 September (BelTA) – Deputy Prime Minister, member of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission representing Belarus Igor Petrishenko took part in a videoconference session of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, BelTA has learned.

The agenda included 32 items concerning fuel and energy complex, manufacturing cooperation, manufacturing of agricultural products, customs and tariff regulations, technical regulations, the use of navigation seals, trade cooperation and international cooperation, and other matters.

Participants of the session approved a draft agenda of the forthcoming session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, which is due to meet in Minsk on 14 October.

The state of mutual trade between the Eurasian Economic Union member states in 2020 was reviewed. A report provided a general evaluation of mutual trade taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic. The report will be published on the Eurasian Economic Commission website.

A list of measures to hit the main targets specified by the macroeconomic policy of the Eurasian Economic Union member states in 2021-2022 was approved.

In line with the program on setting up the common EAEU markets of oil and oil products and the action plan on setting up the common markets of oil and oil products a draft resolution of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on transition to the second stage in forming the common markets of oil and oil products was approved. The Belarusian side raised key issues that need to be addressed on a priority basis. The sides exchanged opinions about approaches to setting prices and tariffs on the common natural gas market of the Eurasian Economic Union, on setting tariffs on natural gas transportation from third countries for domestic consumption.

Participants of the session decided to discuss the matter of joint forecasts of development of agribusiness, the balance of supply and demand of the Eurasian Economic Union member states with regard to agricultural products, food, flax fiber, raw hides, cotton fiber, and wool for the 2021-2022 period at the next session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. The joint forecasts represent a systemic document on agribusiness development. The document is designed to secure balance of the common market, use the potential of the Eurasian Economic Union member states for developing mutual trade, and encourage the private sector to set up new manufacturing enterprises.

Common principles and approaches to food security of the Eurasian Economic Union member states were adopted. The commission was instructed to review the availability of agricultural products and food in the member states every year.

New editions of the harmonized commodity description and coding system and the universal customs tariffs of the Eurasian Economic Union were adopted.

The sides decided to authorize the implementation of the project, which provides for creating an information and communication storefront of the national services of the ecosystem of digital transport corridors of the Eurasian Economic Union. The project will be implemented along specific international transport corridors in all the EAEU member states. Its implementation will allow publishing transport and logistics services of the member states in a common technological platform and providing access to structured information that simplifies transport and logistics business in the Eurasian Economic Union.

The next session of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission is scheduled for 5 October.

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