MOSCOW, 8 September (BelTA) – The Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry actively participates in the formation and improvement of the legal base of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The ministry takes an active part in the Eurasian Economic Commission's investigations into violations of competition rules on transboundary markets. Member of the Board (Minister) for Competition and Antimonopoly Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission Arman Shakkaliyev made the statements during an international conference dedicated to ensuring the balance of interests of the state and the society, BelTA has learned. The conference was timed to the fifth anniversary of establishment of the Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry and focused on interaction of the Eurasian Economic Commission and antimonopoly agencies of the EAEU member states.
The press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission quoted Arman Shakkaliyev as saying that restrictions are successfully removed on government procurement markets of the union and new opportunities for industrial enterprises to grow open up with assistance of the Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry and other authorized agencies of the Eurasian Economic Union member states. The official said: “At the end of last year we jointly passed an act on common rules for determining the country of origin for goods bought as part of government procurement contracts. The act was necessary for branches of the production sector of the EAEU states. Now Belarusian manufacturers and manufacturers of other countries of the union are being actively included into the Eurasian registry of industrial goods.” In order to implement the rules, the commission launched its own digital Eurasian registry of industrial goods in April 2021. The registry is available on the commission's website and includes 3,773 goods made by 35 manufacturers from the Eurasian Economic Union member states at present.
The official noted that building direct interaction with the private sector is one of the main areas of the joint work of the Eurasian Economic Commission and antimonopoly bodies of the Eurasian Economic Union member states. “In order to effectively respond to needs of entrepreneurs we and the national agencies use all means of communications with the private sector. We arrange offsite meetings with entrepreneurs, regularly organize online hotlines, during which we promptly respond to questions,” he said. For instance, the chairman and members of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission met with the entrepreneurship community of Belarus in Brest in June with assistance of the Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry and authorized agencies of the Eurasian Economic Union member states. As a result of the meeting the decisions EAEU manufacturers needed were made. Manufacturing terms concerning automobile industry were approved for the sake of government procurement contracts. A list of goods, which manufacturing terms EAEU enterprises wanted to be developed, was passed.
The official also mentioned keeping consumer prices stable as one of the key tasks facing the antimonopoly authorities. “Efforts of the Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry, the Eurasian Economic Commission, and all the antimonopoly bodies of the Eurasian Economic Union member states are also geared towards protecting interests of consumers, particularly socially vulnerable population strata. It is an important mission in the current post-pandemic period,” he stated.